If you’re ever in downtown Santa Cruz and craving some ridiculously good looking yet seriously delicious food, along with ridiculously awesome and creative cocktails that would put any mad scientist to shame, I strongly suggest you go to 515 Kitchen and Cocktails (otherwise known as the FIVE ONE FIVE, notFIVE FIFTEEN..even though that is its real-ish official-ish name). The restaurant is two stories: downstairs has a bar and film projector and upstairs (our favorite) has old school board games (:D), a bar, lit balcony seating, a private room with curtains, and a fireplace. I’ve paid multiple eager visits to the 515 after my 21st birthday. Melissa and I decided to go pop our 515 cherries together since our main motive for going was to try their Sex Bob-Omb cocktail, ingeniously named after the band featured in Scott Pilgrim. The drink contains blood orange vodka, strawberry-cilantro simple syrup, lemon, tobasco, egg whites, and cayenne pepper (UH YEAH). It’s definitely wtf-worthy, but I was fascinated by the experimental concoction. Let me just say, like the Scott Pilgrim movie adaptation, this cocktail did not disappoint.

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The Holly Golightly and the Sex Bob-omb

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The Product Placement

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Risotto: spinach, wild mushrooms, and brie…omgaahhhthisisloveintheformofrice

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Cheese plate with seasonal fruit, nuts, water crackers, toast…I totes cheesegasmed all over the friggin’ place. And it was glorious.

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Everything else was flawless (irresistible food, highly attractive staff, hipster interior design). I have indulged in so much alcohol and cheese since my first 515 visit that I think they might have for surely impregnated me. If that doesn’t entice you to go then I don’t know what will. Maybe 515 more reasons to go to 515? Okay here we go:

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Just kidding. I trust you will make the right choice.

Teresa

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  1. Liz says:

    BAHAHAHA! I love 515, and it’s pseudo-hipster owners and staff. My best friend used to work there when it 1st opened up. Good to see the cheese plate remains the star player it always was.

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