Random Restaurants

We all love to go out to eat, and we are particularly blessed in Northern California with many fine dining establishments. What follows is a random list of the restaurants I've really enjoyed. It is incomplete and unorganized because it is a work in progress that was started in the middle.

Tutto Mondo

Tutto Mondo is located among the many quaint shops of Carmel, California. It isn't a very large place, but the food is wonderful. It is decorated in a rustic country style, with lots of hanging garlic, chianti bottles, and pictures of the many celebreties who have frequented the joint.

We sampled their italian sausage panini, fettucini alfredo, and penne bolognese, and each was excellent. The dessert tray is an amazing array.

When you first sit down, you are brought bread, olive oil, and a dish of fine italian olives to nibble on.

   

Gayle's Cafe

Gayle's is probably my favorite restaraunt in Santa Cruz. Essentially, it's a European-style deli cum bakery. The food is fantastic, and it's within easy walking distance of Capitola Beach so you can walk off the calories. Everything at Gayle's is good, but they have the most fantastic selection of interesting gourmet sandwiches you're likely to see. The bad news is that Gayle's is always packed.

River Cafe & Cheese Shop

We discovered this one quite by accident, but what a lucky discovery it was. Somehow or other our order to Fromages.com of a cheese board for Thanksgiving 2004 fell through. I happened to have noticed this sign while driving by, so we stopped in. It turns out we were visiting one week after the shop opened! We had a wonderful lunch and then proceeded to taste cheeses until we'd found 5 different varieties to take home. They specialize in artisan cheeses made in the US, but are by no means limited to just US cheeses.

   

More to follow!

 
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