as told to Whitney Wilde
1 Chaminade Lane,
It’s not often a mutt like me gets an to go on an upscale outing with an awesome view, tasty nuggets that “accidentally” fall on the floor, and this thing called “valet parking.”
I love Chaminade’s patio and the sights and scents there. It has the best view in Santa Cruz and is usually sunny and not affected by fog. Looking out over the treetops at Monterey Bay, it is not unusual to see a wedding under the bougainvillea archway. We watched nuptials that included a pooch as the ring dog!
The patio is served by two restaurants: Linwood’s Bar & Grill and the Sunset Restaurant. Both restaurants offer dishes that are fresh, local, seasonally-inspired, and organic (when possible). They have dishes for carnivores, fishetarians, and vegetarians.
Linwood’s Bar & Grill
Linwood’s knows just how to spoil a pup with their Pooch Patio Menu featuring yappetizers, entrees, and doggie deserts! Just a small taste of the menu: Canine Hamburger Sliders, Muttballs, Coho Salmon, and for desert… Peanut Butter Bacon Pupcakes and Honey Banana Pupcicles!
For your two-legged friends, Linwood’s offers an eclectic menu of munchies for lunch or dinner: pizzettas, creative salads, Vietnamese spring rolls, fire roasted artichokes, butternut squash ravioli, scrumptious sandwiches, and more. My mom loves the fish tacos filled with Mahi Mahi, mango relish, fresh salsa, black beans and cabbage salad.
Let me just say this: my humans do not seem to fully grasp the concept of an all-you-can-eat buffet, and I wish they would let me show them a thing or two. At the Sunset Restaurant, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served buffet style with extra stations where chefs prepare your fare any way you want. My people say the salad bar is the best around, though I have yet to even get a bone from it. I have taste tested a few small bites of the most tender and juicy prime rib, and honestly, I just can’t get enough.
It is the Sunday Champagne Brunch that gets my two-legged friends drooling like St. Bernards and makes any Sunday feel like a special celebration. They start with fresh-squeezed orange juice (maybe with champagne in it). There is an omelet station where you choose from an assortment of ingredients, and the chef will cook it just the way you want it. The buffet offers scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, sausage, bacon, and a variety of potatoes. There is a fruit and salad bar; a waffles, breads, and pastries table; a carving station that includes prime rib; and a table of delectable desserts.
The restaurants at Chaminade have it all—and it makes me feel pawsitively pedigreed!
10am to 1:30pm
$30.95 adults (higher on holidays)
‘Yappy Hour’ on Linwood’s Patio
Mondays from 4pm – 6pm
Enjoy one free pooch Yappetizer with the purchase of people’s appetizer.
Limit one Yappetizer per dog, per visit.