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 the advice of local farmers for seasonal ingredients; daily specials can include tuna melts, snapper tartin, and lamb. Feel free to head to the outdoor patio, where the friendly servers also dish out artisanal coffees and teas, local beer, wine, and on-tap kombucha, as well as organic confections such as seasonal fruit crisps and lavender butter cookies.
More than 30 Yelpers give River Cafe an average of four stars.
- The gourmet in you will pee your pants. Every time I go in I can't believe all the handcrafted preserves, baked goods, cheeses, olives, syrups, drinks, salsas and more they have on hand. – Jeremy B.
- So good it's almost silly to write a review. Creative, fresh, healthy, in-season dishes for lunch or brunch. – Brett F.