Millions of people come to Santa Cruz every year to enjoy the beach and eat at one of the many popular restaurants.
Favorite places have come and gone, but they haven't been forgotten. From the treasured Miramar Fish Grotto, in business for more than seventy years, to Nature's Harvest, local, seasonal food has always been a staple of this little slice of paradise.
Food trends were embodied in places like the Wild Thyme Café and the Sāba Club alongside longtime fixtures such as the Tea Cup and Adolph's Italian Family Restaurant, catering to locals and tourists alike. Author Liz Pollock combines wonderful stories and classic cocktail recipes from bygone eras in this trip down memory lane.
Liz Pollock first came to Santa Cruz in 1975 to visit some friends at the UCSC campus for the "Valentine's Day Waltz" at Cowell College. As soon as she could, she transferred from Cal State LA to UCSC and majored in comparative literature.
She met her husband at Adolph's Italian Family Restaurant, where she bartended for five years. Liz has owned and operated the Cook's Bookcase since 2007 and lives with her family in a restored 1914 California Craftsman bungalow in beautiful Santa Cruz.