Kelly’s French Bakery – Santa Cruz, CA

by brendan on November 29, 2006

The weather in the Bay Area over Thanksgiving weekend was amazing. So nice in fact, the wife, kids, dog and I packed up the car and headed over to Santa Cruz for the day. We figure we’d let the kids and the dog exhaust themselves running on the beach, then grab a bite at Emily’s or Saturn Cafe.

We were lucky and bumped into some friends who had the same idea and they highly recommended hitting Kelly’s Bakery on Swift St for lunch and even said that Kelly’s has the best fish tacos north of the border.

While I would disagree that they were the best fish tacos, they were fairly good. I don’t think that I would order them again, though. They had a very thick sauce and they came with a salad that had a yucky dressing on it. Holly went out on a ledge and got the same thing and didn’t like it at all. The kids had chicken and fries and were a bit perplexed by the fact that it was actually chicken on the bone and not fried strips. Since I bat clean-up when we go to eat, I also ate the chicken which was really good. The fries were also pretty decent.

What blew me away about Kelly’s was the location and the atmosphere. The overall environment was amazing. Of course it helped that it was 75 and sunny, but that is why we live here. Kelly’s is located about four blocks from the beach in an old industrial park that has been converted into nice boutiques and art galleries. It would be a great place to have breakfast (next time, I’m getting pancakes) or just to sit and have a beer or a glass of wine.

I think that I struck out with the fish tacos, but I’m certainly looking forward to getting back to Kelly’s. That’s it for the man on beach looking for something to eat.

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