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Regional Information on Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Regional Notes - Events - Gatherings & Groups - Travel Information

HappyCow previously offered this space for vegetarian events, vegetarian travel or general information for Santa Cruz, suggestions such as hotel recommendations, travel agencies, or any other regional vegan and vegetarian related information.
However, this has been discontinued due to inactivity.
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Visitor Notes:

Subject: 'Alternate options for vegans @ regular restaurants'
Posted by Guest on: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 05:56 PM PST
Although I do believe you should always support the veg/an establishments first, Santa Cruz is full of restaurants that have great vegan options. In fact, unless you are in a chain burger joint, you can get at least one thing vegan in almost every restaurant in town. Good alternatives with many vegan options are;
*Planet Fresh - Cedar st. @ Locust - mexican food with a healthy natural twist. Vegan options include baked tofu, artichoke hearts, and more. Vegan beans and Rice.
*The Bagelry - 3 locations, Cedar st. @ Maple/ Soquel @ Bay-Porter(Capitola)/ Soquel @ Seabright - great selection of vegan spreads, some organic veggies, vegan bottled smoothies and juices.
*Walnut Ave. Cafe - Walnut Ave. btwn Pacific & Cedar - Nice cafe with patio seating and some nice vegan options for breakfast and lunch(tofu scramble / vegan club / vegan burger / vegan homefries)
*Cafe Brasil - Mission st. @ Almar - Brasilian cafe with a special menu section for tofu.
*Taqueria Las Palmas - Beach and Pacific(in front of the wharf) - One of Santa Cruz's oldest taquerias advertising vegan beans and rice for over 20 years. Many specified vegan menu items. Very inexpensive.
*Cafe El Palomar - In the Harbor Commercial Center - vegan beans and spanish rice, plus an amazing vegan tofu breakfast burrito, tofu scramble and tofu rancherra.
*Jalapenos - Laurel @ Pacific / Soquel @ Seabright - great mexican with vegan menu items. Vegan beans and rice.
*Leos - Brommer @ 17th ave. - small taqueria with vegan burrito and vegan tacos off the menu, plus a great salsa bar.
*Kick Back Cafe - Soquel @ Seabright - Great Cafe that makes awesome sandwiches and delicious wraps. Many Vegan options including Tofu/artichoke wrap, and a vegan barbecue tofu sandwich.(Also has 2nd location in Capitola on 41st ave.@ Portola - called the Chill Out Cafe)
- You may have noticed the corner of Soquel and Seabright coming up quite a bit. That's because this corner has 4 good vegan option restaurants on it, and the best health food store in town - Staff of Life, is literally right around the corner.
- Happy veg eatin.....

Subject: 'Finally, I visited Santa Cruz'
Posted by Chia on: Thursday, September 29, 2005 at 09:48 AM PST
I finally got the chance to visit Santa Cruz... I had anticipated so much, but it turned out to be a pretty low-key and mellow place. There are only a handful of vegetarian restaurants and some health food stores. One neat thing about Santa Cruz is that there are still lots of one-of-a-kind small, local businesses. It hasn't been taken over by corporate America yet.

Subject: 'Veggies places to live in Sanat Cruz?'
Posted by Guest on: Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 05:57 AM PST
Are there any vegetarian communities or co-housing in Santa Cruz, CA?

Thanks in advance!

Subject: 'Asian Rose'
Posted by Guest on: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 06:12 AM PST
Just wanted to let you guys know asian rose is quite possibly the best vegan food in santa cruz! Also there is a great thai place, Sabieng Thai Cuisine 1218 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone: (831) 425-1020. That is not all vegetarian, but have plenty of vegan/vegetarian selections. It is moderately price (2 carrots), probably only 1 carrot during lunch though (you can have a curry with tofu, rice, spring rolls, and peanut sauce all for under $10 during lunch). Excellent food. Thanks such a great site, I use it every time I travel!-Eric

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