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Fantastic location - large windows overlooking the harbor and a heated outside area.
Beers - fun selection of foreign and domestic.
Food - Sausage plate for two - excellent. Did take a long time to arrive though.
Service - very knowledgable server, helped with my beer selection, friendly and engaging.
Super secret spot - great find!
A Santa Cruz staple - good coffee, comfortable seating - great location, right downtown on Pacific Avenue.
Open late, which is nice for a coffee place, and the bar behind is always hoppin! The glassed in "work area" is good too.
Candy Candy Candy!
It's easy to get overwhelmed by Marini's vast selection of candy of every kind. Ask for samples, stare and everything, and take a little home for later, if it makes it that far.
Salt Water taffy - beach town favorite
Gummies - shapes you've never seen before
Chocolate covered everything
Also sundaes, coffee drinks, and toys and games. A must visit.
Benten is a place I have been going since college, but it used to be a lot different. When we arrived, it was early evening on Memorial Day Saturday. It soon became clear that there was only one waitress on the floor, who was thoroughly overwhelmed by how many people were seated. She explained to us that another server had had an emergency, but they didn't have anyone to cover for her.
The food was good, but it took almost an hour to come out, and although we wanted more, we didn't want to wait another hour or bother the flustered server.