November 2016

California | San Rafael | Thai01 Nov 2016 09:15 am

A great Thai restaurant that really stands out – owner is a transplant from Chicago and this place gets it right.

Dishes are special – the combination $15 appetizer is worth the visit and enough for four. Seafood curry, Pad Thai, chicken broccoli and bacon wrapped shrimp were all great. Beverage prices are adequate and fairly priced.

Thai Aroi-Dee

1518 Fourth Street

San Rafael, CA 94901


Open for lunch every day 11am – 3pm

Dinner from 5pm to 9pm (10pm Friday & Saturday)

California | Italian | Santa Cruz01 Nov 2016 08:43 am

Gem of authenticity with owners from New York with Sicilian background.

Wow! The Sunday Gravy which took hours to prepare was the perfect Bolognese style pasta sauce (though the word sauce does not give this thick and luscious staple of good cooking any justice). Pat Bruno’s recipe from one of the Chicago newspapers has been attempted in Chicago several times with some success and Lillian’s comes in close.

Appetizers are well prepared; try their gnocchi (they melt in your mouth)! Bread is perfect and wine choices adequate and fairly priced.

Location is great with plenty of parking nearby (and away from the hustle and bustle of “downtown” Santa Cruz and the waterfront).


1148 Soquel Ave.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Closed Monday

Open 4 to 9 pm (Sat & Sun until 10 pm)