Like A Local: Best Hidden Gems In Santa Cruz

Like A Local: Best Hidden Gems In Santa Cruz

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Anyone can find the popular spots, but if you’re willing to embrace the unknown, you’ll find that Santa Cruz is full of hidden gems.

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    Really nice place to start the day. Great staff, sweet atmosphere, cool backyard patio or sidewalk people watching. Great coffee and delicious food. -- Jeff Parry via Foursquare
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    Verve is known for sourcing some of the highest quality coffee beans from around the world & roasting them to coax the nuances out of each one. Magic happens in their 1965 German-made Probat roaster. -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Get Karen to make you a Bloody Mary. They will blow you away! -- Christoforo K. via Foursquare
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    Get there early, because the lounge will get packed quickly. Dining area is usually open, and the food is delicious, largely portioned, and affordably upscale. -- Marcus Soldate via Foursquare
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    The spicy egg biscuit is one of our faves; we get it *without* the cream cheese dollop (& of course, no bacon). Yum! -- Barbara Matthews via Foursquare
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    Santa Cruz is an early town, which is fine with me. But if a late night nosh--or a late night hang--is what you need, this is the place. Warm, inviting, great burgers, great beer selection--home run. -- Paul Griffith via Foursquare
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    Try the Jean Grey I don't even like Gin and this drink blew my friggin' mind. Also try "The Raven", perfectly cooked cheeseburger + brie cheese +caramelized onions = yes please thank you. -- Britt Hoyer via Foursquare
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    Their largely single-origin brews change seasonally depending on what's coming in from the farms they work with in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. -- Epicurious via Foursquare
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    This is not a run in and run out operation. The barista/clerk takes one person at a time and makes sure you get everything you want before serving the next customer. Great coffees & had lovely chai. -- wai-ling q. via Foursquare
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    Of the 15 or so coffee shops in #SantaCruz I've been to, this easily has best espresso & espresso drinks. -- Threedukes via Foursquare
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    Get a frequent customer card. Free beverage every 10. -- Alan Hawrylyshen via Foursquare
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    Pastries are great size for the price! They do look better than they taste, though... I recommend muffins over croissants. -- Karolina Raginel via Foursquare
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