International eating isn't a dangerous adventure through customs, where the customs officer asks you to open your bag, and you refuse, which prompts him to teach you about manners by reading select Goofus and Gallant comic strips. Avoid long security lines with today's Groupon: for $10 you get $20 worth of creative to-go global cuisine from India Joze in downtown Santa Cruz on Front Street. Recently reincarnated, India Joze offers Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, Indian cuisine and more, packaged in environmentally friendly stackable containers imported from India. Dust off your laptop and order the Kalamarakia Tigha appetizer, Greek gilded calamari paired with a walnut-garlic dipping sauce ($8). For mains, bring home the Joze hash browns—featured in the Christian Science Monitor—a mix of new potatoes, mushrooms, artichokes, tomato, bell pepper and garlic ($8), or the Basa Mesaltsa, sustainable fish simmered in a Greek feta cheese wine sauce ($10). Wash it all down with a berry lassi ($3) or a hibiscus honey lemonade cooler ($2). India Joze also offers cooking lessons, espionage classes, cookbooks, and hard-to-find spices. Valid for to-go orders only.
Yelpers give India Joze an average of 3.5 stars.
- The menu is really small but damn its as good as ever. The Persian Lamb is haunting my every thought. His sauces, which are gluten free sing from Joz's deft hand at blending spices. – Sahara G., Yelp
Downtown Santa Cruz
418 Front St.
Santa Cruz, California 95060Get Directions