64 edible monterey bay summer 2016 La Posta 538 Seabright Avenue • 831.457.2782 www.lapostarestaurant.com A cozy neighborhood bistro not far from the Santa Cruz yacht harbor, La Posta chef Katherine Stern prepares northern Italian cuisine using local ingredients—some foraged and some grown on nearby organic farms. Charcuterie is house cured, and the rest of the menu reflects whatever produce is freshest right now. Visit the chickens in the restaurant’s backyard and enjoy the eclectic atmosphere. Open Tu– 5–9pm, F–Sa 5– 9:30pm, Su 5–8pm, M closed. New Leaf Community Market 1134 Pacific Avenue • 831.425.1793 www.newleaf.com New Leaf’s headquarters in an old bank building on Pacific Avenue is a worthwhile stop for all foodies. Crowded with gourmet natural foods, it also has a deli with sandwiches, salads and hot entrées. A dining area out front is great for people watching and listening to street musicians. Open daily 9am–9pm. New Leaf Community Market 1101 Fair Avenue • 831.426.1306 • www.newleaf.com e Westside New Leaf has a large deli counter and coffee bar, with a big selection of sandwiches, salads, bakery items, soups and other hot foods. You can eat at an in-store counter or at tables outside. ere is a community classroom here for frequent cooking classes. Open daily 8am–10pm. e Penny Ice Creamery 913 Cedar Street • 831.204.2523 www.thepennyicecreamery.com Lines out the front door of its converted Spanish bungalow are evidence of Penny’s popularity. All ice cream, including bases, is made from scratch on the premises using local organic ingredients when possible. Dozens of exotic flavors rotate seasonally, but two favorites are bourbon bacon chocolate and strawberry pink peppercorn. Open daily noon–11pm. Downtown – Kiosk 1520 Pacific Avenue, Ste. K2 Open Su– noon–6pm, F–Sa noon–9pm. Pleasure Point 820 41st Avenue Open Su– noon–9pm, F–Sa noon–10pm. e Picnic Basket 125 Beach Street • 831.427.9946 www.facebook.com/thepicnicbasketsc Across the street from the main beach, owners of e Penny Ice Creamery have opened an alternative to boardwalk fast food. Sandwiches, organic salads, coffee and beer, all from local food artisans, and of course Penny’s popular ice cream, are all on offer to eat in or outside with your feet in the sand. Open M– 7am– 4pm, F–Su 7am–9pm. Ristorante Avanti 1917 Mission Street • 831.427.0135 www.ristoranteavanti.com is popular, Mediterranean-style bistro recently moved into a lush, more upscale location with a larger bar and expanded seating to better accommodate its loyal fans. Avanti’s menu remains true to its long-time commitment to supporting local organic farms as well as local ranchers, foragers and fishermen. e menu changes with the seasons, and specials are offered every day using local organic produce and meats, wholesome oils and imported Italian cheeses. Open for lunch M–F 11:30am–2pm, dinner Su– 5–9pm, F–Sa 5–9:30pm.
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