Although full breakfast was offered at our B&B, we opted out the last morning to return to the Santa Cruz diner. The first time we visited was a late night after dancing at Moe's Alley. We had no idea as to the quality but figured if it was crowded on a late Thursday night it should be o.k.
It was not even in the ballpark of o.k., it was sublime.
I will forwarn you: if you expect wait staff to fawn over you, don't visit ANY diner. By the very nature of them, the wait staff are usually efficient, courteous and fast, and the Santa Cruz Diner doesn't disappoint...and as an West Coast transplant from back East, I've been to a TON of diners and this one ranks amongst the best.
We sat at the counter both times and were served promptly and courteously. My fiance had the biscuits and gravy: the biscuits are so big they merit their own area code, so unless you're a sumo wrestler or have danced at a 48-hour rave, order just one. They are HOMEMADE while-you-wait! We returned a second time because he loved the biscuits that much and they were perfect the second time as well.
I ordered the whole-wheat and honey pancakes the first time (amazing, fluffy, light) and the French Toast topped with farm-fresh blueberries with sweet cream cheese the second time. The blueberrries were juicy and the dish delish. To add to the atmosphere, we sat next to an (Anglo) Davis native who works with amphibians and writes Salsa songs.
You can't make this stuff up.
We were so impressed that we proudly christened our car's bumper with the bright yellow "We (heart) the Santa Cruz Diner" sticker. We do.
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