Hawaiian art and vintage surf paraphernalia deck the walls of Hula's Island Grill And Tiki Room, adding to the restaurant's island ambience. In the kitchen, cooks draw on the flavors of the Pacific Rim to craft raw ahi poke, luau pork sandwiches, and spring rolls alongside burgers, steaks, and tacos. More than 30 types of rum wait behind the bar to be poured into a mai tai or dark and stormy.
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Named Best Teahouse in 2009 and 2010 by both the Santa Cruz Weekly and Good Times, Asana is a leafy retreat carrying more than 85 teas from around the world available for purchase either in bulk form or in SpecialTea drinks made in-house. Tea varieties span the color wheel, with a selection of white, green, oolong, black, tisanes, Puerh, and blooming teas, many of which sell for $4–$6 per oz. Asana's café also pours and purees specialty tea lattes, tea smoothies, and coffee drinks that dance upon your tongue and stream down your throat before warming you up from crust to core. Liquid libations include the Thai iced tea made with imported ice cubes from Thailand ($3.50) and the Vanilla Starry Night Latte, which includes rooibos tisane with whispers of vanilla and citrus ($3.50). The Lavender Love smoothie is a velvety valentine of lavender tisane, ice cream, banana, and vanilla extract that will make you reconsider culinary uses for other potpourri staples ($6.50).
To dish downtown office lunchers with an alternative to fast foods, Alfresco's walk-up eatery proffers a generous selection of hot dishes, wraps, and salads served in two minutes or less. A bed of brown rice rests below peanut sauced shiitake mushrooms and teriyaki baked tofu in the Asian rice bowl ($4.95). Meanwhile, discerning wrappers can freestyle the contents of their own tortilla with a variety of flavorful spreads, boom-bap greens, and lightly salted hype men ($4.25+). Alfresco's extensive menu also lists customizable salads (starting at $4.95) and Mediterranean small plates (starting at $2). Owner and electric car driver Marilyn Strayer prides her 2010 Golden Carrot-winning and Monterey Bay Green Business-associated food stand for using exclusively biodegradable cups, cutlery, serve ware, and servers.
'50s-Style Diner | All-Natural Beef | Local Veggies | Burlesque-Themed Menu
What to Drink: In '50s-diner fashion, Betty Burgers mixes up shakes, malts, and floats blended with Polar Bear ice cream. These old-fashioned drinks come in classic flavors, as well as unique concoctions such as thin mint, cake batter, and turkish coffee.
While You're Waiting: Read the story of Betty, which is written in a letter on her restaurant's wall. In it, she describes her start in "a speck of a town" on the Texas panhandle, where her father was always absent and her mother took off with a surfer. Eventually, Betty found a new guardian: a man called Big Dutch, who was always willing to whip her up a burger.