5. Join the Club: Assembly
You’ll feel right at home at this new Santa Cruz restaurant with San Francisco cred. Former Bar Tartine and Manresa pastry chef Kendra Baker nabbed Chef Carlo Espina from SF’s Comstock Saloon to head up the spacious downtown eatery. The welcoming vibe, 10 craft beers on tap, and dishes like seared duck frites and a killer fried chicken sandwich will make you a regular member at this gathering.
1108 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz (831-824-6100).