India Joze serves delicious fusion food from the Silk Road & regions South and Southeast Asia: essentially from across Asia and the Middle East. There is surely something for everyone on his extensive menu: I've had Persian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Turkish, Indian, etc. meals here and all have been wonderful. I've been eating IJ's food for several decades - initially at a larger restaurant in Sta Cruz years ago, and missed his delicious food when they closed down w the economy. My family and I are so glad that he has returned, so although we live outside the county, whenever we visit Sta Cruz, this is where we eat as it is our favorite food in the whole county. The hard part is trying new things because the favorites are so good you're tempted to stick with what you know you love, but I've never been disappointed and family and friends have always enjoyed whatever they ordered.
IJ has both a fixed menu of favorites and a rotating menu about as large a selection and very toothsome baked goodies for dessert if you have any room left. You can season the food to taste w little sauces selections or just go with the always tasty seasoning they give you, and almost everything can be vegetarian option.
IJ is located across from the Bus Station, and those lucky folks who come into town on the bus would be smart to walk across the street and meet the best of Santa Cruz cooking, as I don't think it gets any better than this! IJ also caters and I've heard about it from several friends who were very happy clients but have not personally catered an event. If I lived closer, I would.
Music ranges from Asian to Classical and IJ features local artists on the walls so there is always some fresh art to enjoy. The only warning is: bring cash since no credit cards are accepted.
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