Eating healthy can raise questions such as, "Are crayons a fruit or a vegetable?" and "How many steaks does a growing baby need?" Answer culinary questions with today's deal: for $7, you get $14 worth of organic breakfast and lunch fare at River Cafe, located in the Sash Mill complex of downtown Santa Cruz.
Specializing in organic and locally sourced products, River Cafe's family-oriented bistro hosts a varied menu of healthy options to please the palate. Feel free to ease appetites during breakfast and lunch hours with handheld edibles such as Rosie's grilled-chicken panini ($11.25), or mouth-dunk your face into the popular barbecued pulled-pork sandwich, served with cabbage slaw and drizzled with the café's signature Bone Sucking sauce ($11.50). Unlike franchised child lemonade stands, the café's menu changes daily and depends on seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. Feel free to head to the outdoor patio, where the friendly servers also dish out artisanal coffees and teas, regional beer, wine, and on-tap kombucha tea, as well as organic confections such as seasonal fruit crisps ($5.25) and lavender butter cookies ($1.50 each).
Harboring a passion for tasty, good-for-you food, the culinary staff at River Cafe crafted a menu of seasonal, organic, and regionally acquired cuisine to be shared among family and friends in a casual environment. The friendly staff seats guests in the dining room or outside on the patio, which sports a billowing barbecue, vibrant foliage, and trees filled with songbirds. Alongside servings of barbecue pulled-pork, tri tip, and paninis, the staff serves mason jars full of artisanal teas, cups of gourmet coffees, fine wines, and tall, frothy glasses of locally made brews. The team also caters, a service that has been rendered for many local environmental companies, including Ecology Action.
Central Santa Cruz
415 River St.
Santa Cruz, California 95060Get Directions