Headed to Santa Cruz for Valentine's day. Valentine's day as real as Steak and a BJ day. It's on March 14th by the way.
It was quite empty at the Boardwalk. Only a handful of rides and food stalls were open.
We spent about 45 minutes at the Boardwalk before heading to Capitola. We had reservations at Shadowbrook so we had some time to kill before they open at 5 pm.
Mr. Toots Coffeehouse it's a quaint little coffeehouse upstairs with a nice view and they make a good cup of coffee.
Coconut Mocha with fresh whipped cream.
Next we headed to Zelda's on the Beach which has mediocre food, but has a nice view of the beach.
Even thought I got the extra $2 double, it didn't taste like a double.
Never been to Shadowbrook before, but I have heard a lot about it.
Shadowbrook is a very nice place, tucked away among the foliage. To get to the restaurant, you can either take the stairs or the hillevator. Which is the little red box seen below.
The hillevator is small and fits about 6 people max.
Artichoke Hearts. I didn't think these were that great. I have had better at festivals.
Butchers Steak. Tammy enjoyed it. I tried a piece of the French-Onion bacon tart. I thought that was pretty good. The steak was good, nothing amazing though.
Meatball Bourguignon. The server described it as a fancy Beef Stroganoff, which describes it well. the meatballs were really tender. It's made with the scrap meat from premium cuts of steak. The dish was pretty good.
Creme Brulee for dessert. It's a safe bet.
We walked around the restaurant after dinner. It's a really nice venue. I'd really like to check out this place during the day or for brunch. Lot's of trees to provide shade and they have a lot of nice outdoor seating available when the weather is better.
They have their own garden on site.
Overall I thought the restaurant was okay. The food was your typical american food offerings; steaks, seafood, and pasta. A little on the pricey side for what you get, but I guess you're paying for the view and atmosphere.