Santa Cruz Beach
AJ's family came to visit this past week. They stayed in Santa Cruz, giving us an excuse to head to the beach! While it was a tad too breezy to lay out on the sand, we did enjoy walking down the boardwalk. We stopped at La Barrenda, a taqueria and seafood joint, for lunch. I had yet to try fish tacos since I arrived in California, and knew I would be able to satisfy that craving at La Barrenda!
Outside La Barrenda
Order at the counter
The restaurant is a casual eatery, and food is ordered at the counter. The walls were brightly painted, adding to the festive atmosphere. There are a plethora of options, ranging from chicken tacos to seafood soup. A variety of beers and sodas are offered, as well as margaritas. Dishes are brought to the table by the friendly staff.
I ordered two fish tacos a la carte. If you order the platter they come with rice and beans. After I placed my order I was a little worried about whether the fish would be fried. I prefer my fish sans batter, so that I can taste the freshness of the flavors. These tacos were exactly what I wanted. The tilapia tasted like it had been caught that day. The light and flaky fish is served in chunks on two corn tortillas with lettuce, cilantro, and a red sauce. The red sauce was deliciously spicy and refreshing. I could taste the onions, garlic, and peppers. A fresh squeeze of lime juice and you're good to go.
AJ stuck to his vegetarian diet and ordered up the supreme vegetarian burrito. This burrito is filled with rice, pinto beans, guacamole, and sour cream. While nothing special, the burrito was fresh and certainly filled up his empty stomach.
Jeremy is excited for his enchiladas.
Enchiladas with rice and beans.
Heather and Jeremy shared the enchilada platter served with rice and beans. The fare was much better than the burgers and fried food on the boardwalk. Don't get me wrong there is a place for fried dough in my diet, but when I'm at the beach I tend to crave seafood. The prices weren't bad either.
A margarita to complete the meal.
Nothing like a cold margarita to finish the meal. The staff even sent an extra glass filled with the extra margarita. How's that for service?
La Barrenada (by the boardwalk)
Santa Cruz, CA