In a previous post, I highlighted the wonderful local farmers markets here in Santa Cruz that provide healthy and organic food options, but that was just the tip of the iceberg!
To compliment the locally grown foods here, we have a number of wonderfully delicious farm to table restaurants in our community! These restaurants use local produce and responsibly raised farm animals to create imaginative and mouthwatering dishes. They provide our residents with healthy dining options as well as stimulate our local economy. And what's better than supporting local business?
Opened in 1987, Risorante Avanti has been serving the community a modern, Italian inspired cuisine. They use local and seasonal ingredients, so you know you're getting the best. Serving lunch, dinner, dessert and a wide selection of fine wines, beers and specialty cocktails, this spot is definitely a local favorite. Check out their website for more details!
Bantam is absolutely a local favorite. While there are a variety of options for pizza in the area, this is a unique addition to the list. With a daily changing menu to fit the seasonal changes, it offers organic and locally grown ingredients; and even better, everything is made from scratch. No processed foods here! Their tag line, "Don't panic, it's organic" adds to the style, attitude and overall experience that Bantam strives for. Visit their website for more info.
Located in downtown Santa Cruz, the Gabrielle Cafe opened their doors in 1992 and has provided a great menu and a romantic atmosphere that has become a staple in the community. They buy produce straight from the source; local Santa Cruz farmers markets! They have a variety of dishes, from lunch salads to wonderful dinner entrees such as pasta, and on the weekends, brunch! They've been recognized in many travel guides such as Sunset and Fodor's Travel Guide. Check out their website for more information and other press reviews!
This neighborhood spot, located seconds from Seabright beach, provides the area with a great Italian inspired cuisine that includes pizza, pasta and wine pairings! Their menu is created around what's in season, local and fresh, which compliments all their homemade breads. With an extensive wine list, you can't go wrong with La Posta. Reserve your table on their website, and check out their news and events happening soon!
While there is no shortage of Italian restaurants in the Santa Cruz area, Cafe Sparrow provides one of the few French cuisines, delicious and fresh! This rustic, historic inspired spot located in the heart of Aptos is a local favorite, with it's wide array of food options, from lunch to dinner, and even Sunday brunch. Their on-staff pastry chef never ceases to deliver, and their head chef/owner strives to perfect dishes, as well as continue to create new, appetizing foods. Visit their website for hours, reservations and more.
Local restaurants that provide a "farm to table" menu help to ensure a healthy and quality dinning experience, as well as set the bar for sustainable and environmentally friendly dinning practices. Here in Santa Cruz we pride ourselves on the organic and fresh materials used by family owned and local restaurants. To learn more about why we love this area, visit my website LoveLivinInSantaCruz.com. And as always, if you're interested in making Santa Cruz your home, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org