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Akira, Santa Cruz - A Review

Akira, Santa Cruz - A Review

Akira is not the place to go in Santa Cruz if you are either a) in a hurry; or b) hard of hearing. Otherwise, it’s fine. The restaurant is located in one long room, with an entrance in the back, and another in the front. Which end is which isn’t always clear. And when I(…)

Published On: Monday, July 1st, 2013
Zero Zero - Pizza in San Francisco, Restaurant Review

Zero Zero - Pizza in San Francisco, Restaurant Review

With a historic Pride Festival going on and quite possibly the best weather the city has ever seen in June, what better place to spend this Sunday than San Francisco. I’ve been on the hunt for the best pizza in the Bay Area for years, and Zero Zero was high on my list of places(…)

Published On: Monday, July 1st, 2013
Stagnaro

Stagnaro's - A Santa Cruz Classic

Stagnaro’s is a Santa Cruz classic. It’s been in operation since 1947, and is still run by the original family. It’s right on the Municipal Wharf, and in good weather, the views are incredible. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it dishes out high-volume, mediocre seafood for tourists. In short, although the(…)

Published On: Monday, July 1st, 2013
The Original Pancake House

The Original Pancake House

  Like its name suggests, the Original Pancake House is an old favorite, known for its wide variety of pancakes. Though the restaurant is a chain with about 100 franchises, it doesn’t have the commercial feel of large-scale breakfast places like Denny’s. Instead, it’s the neighborhood cafe where the waiters know all their customers –(…)

Published On: Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
515 Kitchen and Cocktails

515 Kitchen and Cocktails

I increasingly have a real problem with restaurants that are not, at the end of the day, comfortable. When I go out to eat somewhere, I am not interested in putting up with stuff. This includes tiny, tippy little tables, a lot of noise, uncomfortable chairs, or interior design that looks great and hip and(…)

Published On: Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Jimmy

Jimmy's Place - Union City, CA

Jimmy’s Place is your unassuming neighborhood breakfast diner, serving a traditional American breakfast that also caters to Asian tastes. Jimmy’s Place offers a choice between country potatoes and rice as your side, and Asian-influenced options like a teriyaki omelette, reflecting the new flavors of the Bay. Jimmy’s Place recently changed owners, so this may be(…)

Published On: Monday, June 10th, 2013
The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz

The Crepe Place - Santa Cruz

Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz is a busy, relatively unglamorous commercial part of town. Tire repair shops. A supermarket. A dance studio. And lots of busy traffic. The Crepe Place is one of several restaurants in a two- or three-block stretch of Soquel, and from the outside, it looks just like all the rest. A(…)

Published On: Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Oscar

Oscar's Mexican Seafood - San Diego

When I think of the quintessential food of San Diego, California, visions of tacos, rice and beans, or super fresh seafood caught just off the coast instantly come to mind. That’s why the suggestion of Oscar’s Mexican Seafood for our first meal in San Diego really hit the spot. This hole in the wall is(…)

Published On: Monday, June 3rd, 2013
Grub Shack - Tiny Place, Tasty Food

Grub Shack - Tiny Place, Tasty Food

  I knew I was walking towards my first Hawaiian meal and it was a just a few steps away from the office. My first reaction after entering this place was: “Hmm…What is it? Is it a hole in a wall, or is it a restaurant? No, it is a shack – exactly like its(…)

Published On: Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
The Vine - Let

The Vine - Let's Do Lunch

In a city where chain restaurants dominate the food scene and the people are starved for something new, unique spots like The Vine are a rare find. Its trendy yet casually sophisticated vibes somehow don’t clash with its quaint surroundings – instead breathing new life into the old-fashioned downtown – and making Niles the place(…)

Published On: Monday, May 27th, 2013