Santa Cruz Good Times

Wednesday
Mar 04th
Text size
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Nibble, Savor and Indulge

dining_CafeLimelightFresh, flavorful ingredients bring color to the menu at Cafe Limelight
Whatever your appetite, the simple but inventive menu at Cafe Limelight meets numerous needs. A loveseat and plump upholstered chairs surround a coffee table, creating an ideal ambiance for an after-work wind-down with nibbles and a beverage. Local Bargetto Rosso ($6) paired nicely with a Single-cheese Plate ($5.95) and Salami ($4.50). French Comté, called the Gruyère of France, is a classic, hard, flexible cheese with nutty undertones. The earthy, dry Molinari salami was flecked with black peppercorns. The plate included dried cranberries, large kalamata olives, points of crisp, griddle-toasted bread, and glazed cashews encrusted with tiny sesame seeds.

The traditional housemade hummus ($7/$10) is served with fresh vegetables and olives. Limelight also has a small but unique selection of microbrews ($4.50), including Organic Chocolate Stout from Berkeley's Bison Brewing.

In Limelight's selection of panini, it's California meets Tuscany. The sandwiches are served with a green salad, but you can substitute a Gorgonzola or Caesar salad or cup of soup. Seated at a table for dinner, we were lucky to find Limelight's authentic Louisiana Gumbo on the menu, as it's usually available only on weekends. This thick, spicy stew with rice, shredded chicken and slices of tender okra in a creamy base was thickened with dark roux, a mixture of flour and butter sautéed until brown.

The BBQ Chicken panino ($11.25) on large slices of grilled sourdough bread included cilantro, crisp red onions and cheddar cheese in a lightly sweetened sauce.

The Salami panino ($9.95) on francesi bread spread with housemade kalamata tapenade was grilled crisply and oozing melted cheddar. The Gorgonzola salad, a mixture of fresh greens and slivers of red bell pepper was topped with sweet dried cranberries, hunks of blue cheese, and more sesame cashews, then drizzled with thick balsamic vinaigrette.

Limelight's desserts are legendary. The Warm Brownie Sundae ($5.95) was served in a clear glass. The dark chocolate brownie, delightfully crisp around the edges, was topped with a large scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, a tower of whipped cream, and drizzled with fudgy chocolate sauce.

Limelight also has an attractive kids menu including grilled cheese sandwiches and peanut butter with jelly. You can also treat your dog on the patio with chewy pig's ears or fresh roasted turkey.


Cafe Limelight, 1016 Cedar St., Santa Cruz, 425-7873. Beer and wine. Serving lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Saturdays noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9:30 p.m., and Sundays noon to 3 p.m. Visit cafelimelight.com


H H H


Chaminade Resort hosts its second annual Farm-to-Table dinner series on Friday July 23 at 5:30 p.m., where you can meet the farmers and vintners who contributed to the evening's menu. Views of the Monterey Bay are sensational from Chaminade's terrace patio. Hors d'oeuvres will be served during the half hour reception, and then a four-course dinner will feature local wine and produce. Cost is $65 per person.

Additional dinners will be held on Friday August 20, and Friday September 24.


Chaminade Resort and Spa, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz, (800) 283-6569 or 475-5600. Reception at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Ages 21 and over.

 

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

Share this on your social networks

Bookmark and Share

Share this

Bookmark and Share

 

Crop Circles

How the confusion over GMOs is undermining the organic movement

 

Two Fish Bound by a Golden Cord

Until March 20, (Spring Equinox), Earth and her kingdoms (mineral, plant, animal, human) experience the influence of Pisces, sign of the World Savior. Whereas the task of Aquarius is as world server, the Pisces task is saving the world—tasks given to the two fishes. Pisces never really enters matter, and as the last sign of the zodiac includes all the signs. During Pisces, having gathered all the gifts of the previous 11 signs, it is a good time to prepare for new initiating plans when Aries (sign of beginnings) begins. No wonder Pisces, like Scorpio, is so difficult (both are ruled by Pluto, planet of death, new life, regeneration, transformations). Both signs (with Scorpio drowning in dark and deep waters) find life on Earth a hardship, disorienting (from the spiritual perspective), at times feeling betrayed. Life is a paradox, especially for Pisces. Each zodiacal sign represents and distributes a different phase and facet (12) of the Soul’s diamond light, Pisces is the “Light of Life itself, ending forever the darkness of matter.” It takes two fish to complete this work (creating eventually an extraordinary human being). One fish turned toward the material world (in order to understand matter), the other fish toward the heavenly world. Around the two fish is a silvery cord binding them together. The two fish are forever bound until all of humanity is redeemed (lifted up into the Light). This is the dedication of all world saviors (Buddha, Christ, the NGWS). Thus the sacrifice and suffering experienced by Pisces. Knowing these things about Pisces, let us help them all we can. Sometimes all of humanity is Pisces.

 

The New Tech Nexus

Community leaders in science and technology unite to form web-based networking program

 

Seal Change

Celtic selkie lore comes alive in dazzling ‘Song of the Sea’
Sign up for Good Times weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, events

RSS Feed Burner

 Subscribe in a reader

Latest Comments

 

So Long, Louie’s

Louie’s Cajun Kitchen & Bourbon Bar closes, plus Back Porch pop-up, and 2015 Outstanding in the Field tour

 

What defines a good dive bar?

It’s slightly dirty, and they serve cheap drinks. Stella Celeste, Santa Cruz, Barrista

 

Picchetti Winery

After enjoying its contents, I couldn’t throw away the empty bottle of Picchetti Winery’s Red Table Wine.

 

Teresa’s Gourmet Foods

New owners for Santa Cruz’s leading local salsa company