Eating around the Monterey Bay
The Monterey Bay area is full of talented chefs, restaurants featuring cuisines from all over the world, passionate farmers and ranchers, farm stands, food trucks, popups, cottage food operations … any list I may try and compile is necessarily incomplete. But I can and will can share with you some of the places I’ve enjoyed eating and shopping for groceries as well as some tasty locally-made products. If you’d like to read more about our local food scene, click here to read Lily Belli’s columns on Lookout Santa Cruz.
Unless otherwise clearly stated, every blog entry is my own experience and not a paid endorsement.
Pezzini Farms offers farm fresh artichokes and artichoke sauces, salsas, and breads, along with other fruits and vegetables and gourmet gift items.read more
I adore Cafe Ivéta, a gourmet European-style cafe and market featuring fresh, simple food using the highest quality ingredients they can find. The attention to quality shows; the food is amazing. There's something for everyone: a changing array of freshly baked sweet...read more
Penny Ice Creamery makes ice cream from local, organic, seasonal ingredients completely from scratch. And it’s delicious.read more
Watsonville’s Craft Bakeshop and Eatery has delicious breakfast burritos and offers a wide range of tasty treats.read more
Every detail about Mentone Restaurant, from the cleverly designed exterior melding Old Aptos with the French Riviera to the uber-cool Italian glamour interior to the amazing food and cocktail combinations make this restaurant worth every bit of the buzz.read more
El Salchichero local meats is an old-timey neighborhood butcher shop featuring quality local meats and sausages. Stop by the Westside Santa Cruz shop to stock up on chef quality meats and support a local business.read more