www.ediblemontereybay.com 63 anchor—it regularly hosts book signings, art shows and other cultural and holiday events. Open M–F 8am– 5pm, Sa 9am–3pm. SANTA CRUZ Assembly 1108 Pacific Avenue • 831.824.6100 www.assembleforfood.com is full-service restaurant from Penny Ice Creamery founders Kendra Baker and Zach Davis offers rustic California cuisine based on local, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients. Chef Carlo Espinas brings a contemporary twist to the approachable yet intriguing menu. e restaurant’s wood-metal-stone décor radiates from a long community table that anchors the center of the dining room, which is filled with natural light in daytime and bathed in the soft glow of copper accents at night. Open for lunch weekdays 11:30am, dinner W–M until late, brunch 10am Sa–Su, Tu closed. Charlie Hong Kong 1141 Soquel Avenue • 831.426.5664 www.charliehongkong.com Charlie Hong Kong has been providing the Santa Cruz community with healthy, fresh, high-quality food since 1998. e restaurant’s fusion of Southeast Asian influences and the Central Coast’s local organic produce is what has made it a neighborhood favorite. Its slogan is “love your body, eat organic,” and its cuisine is proof that fast food can be good for you. Open daily 11am–11pm. e Crow’s Nest 2218 E. Cliff Drive • 831.476.4560 www.crowsnest-santacruz.com A perfect spot to enjoy lunch or catch a sunset while watching sail boats glide in and out of the harbor, the nautical-themed Crow’s Nest is a Santa Cruz institution that never goes out of style. ere’s always something happening, from free seasonal ursday night beach parties to comedy nights and happy hours. Famous for its salad bar and house-smoked salmon, e Crow’s Nest is a member of Seafood Watch and is a certified green business. Open daily for breakfast 7:30am– 11:30am; lunch M–F 11:30am–2:30pm and Sa–Su 11:30am–3pm; dinner M–F 5pm, Sa–Su 4:30pm. Food Lounge 1001 Center Street • email@example.com www.scfoodlounge.com is airy, open space with a large courtyard is the creative staging ground for exciting pop-up dinners and special events, the First Friday Art Walk and the Artisan Food Market every second Friday. e new bar features local beers, wines, ciders and small-batch craft spirits, and elevated bar food by Tanglewood. Pop-up retailer, Ashby Confections, offers handmade chocolates, hot cocoa and treats. See the calendar at www.scfoodlounge. com for all dynamic events and hours. Laílí 101B Cooper Street • 831.423.4545 www.lailirestaurant.com Exotic flavors of the Silk Road are served in a stylish dining room decorated in eggplant and pistachio colors and on a hidden candlelit patio. Locals rave about Laílí’s homemade naan served warm from the oven with a selection of Mediterranean dips. ere is a wide variety of deliciously spiced vegetable dishes, organic whenever possible, and all meats are hormone free and free range. Open daily for lunch 11:30am–2:30pm, dinner 5–9:30pm.
edible Monterey Bay Summer 2016
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