Cafe Campesino

Name of Restaurant: Cafe Campesino
Location: At Lincoln St and Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Cuisine: Coffee and Mexican
Date: 08/25/2010
Time: 6:30 pm

What we ordered:
1. Tinga Plate (Chicken shreds, beans, avocado, sour cream, lettuce and a tortilla)
2. Chicken Taco (I forget the exact name, but it arrived as a large wheat taco set out on a plate and loaded with chicken and salsa, lettuce, rice and beans and pickled cactus)
3. This one soup that isn’t on the menu. If I remember right, it’s called Victoria Soup. I will confirm and update this space.

We paid:
$ 23

Rating:
1. Ambience: 8/10
2. Service: 8/10
3. Food: 8/10

Notes:
1. It is a little kiosk on Pacific Ave. That, in itself, is enough cute-factor for you to fall in love with the place.
2. I had the hot chocolate here, when I was in Santa Cruz, December 2008 and it is the yummiest hot chocolate I’ve had. Undoubtedly.
3. The guy who takes orders is very friendly and just talking to him makes you feel good about what he’s going to serve you. Orders usually take about 12 to 15 minutes to be ready and he serves it at your table. Pretty metal tables and chairs have been laid out on the sidewalk and everything about Cafe Campesino is very bistro. You’re bound to like it.
4. The food was good. The not-so-usual Mexican stuff. The cactus, was a pleasant surprise. I quite enjoyed the taste. Sour. And fairly distinct.
5. The soup was heavenly. Creamy. Cheese. Tomato-ey. Very Tom Yum Thai style soup, only red. The soup was also rich in chunks of chicken and some broccoli. Made for an awesome side, given the occasionally chilly evenings Santa Cruz has.

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