Santa Cruz is home to an assortment of restaurants serving tasty, affordable food that won’t break the piggy bank.
Cash-conscious diners can nosh on Thai in Westside Santa Cruz, Asian-fusion in Midtown and tacos and burgers in downtown Santa Cruz without busting their budget. In addition to restaurants are nontraditional eateries offering inspired creations that deliver on quality and flavor – a mini-mart in Pleasure Point serving scrumptious and hardy breakfast burritos (perfect after a long surf session) and an unassuming café tucked into a gas station in Soquel serving up delectably spicy Cajun chicken sandwiches.
It would take awhile to find all of these shining gems, although many of them are hidden in plain sight. The following is a selection of local eateries offering affordable, fresh and delicious meals. Check back regularly for additions to the list.