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Local Summaries
Restaurants

Santa Cruz, CA
Fast Food Take Out

by Vaughn Aubuchon


Here is a summary of 37 local fast food take-out restaurants in the Santa Cruz, CA area, with social ratings.

Some outlets are better than others. Check the online Yelp ratings for the location you wish to visit.
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Santa Cruz
Fast Food Chart

Burgers (13)

Mexican (5)

Other (6)
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Pizza (8)

Sandwiches (5)

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BURGERS - 13

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(from North to South)
Scott's Valley, S.C., Capitola, Watsonville

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S.V.
S C
Cap.
Wat.
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Yelp
Stars

A & W

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Yes

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Betty Burger

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2

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3.5

Burger King (6)

Yes
2
Yes
2

2.5

Carls Jr.

Yes

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Yes
Yes

2.5

Dairy Queen

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Yes

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3.5

Five Guys

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Yes
Yes

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2.5

Foster's Freeze

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Yes

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Yes

    3.0

In-N-Out Burger

San Jose or Salinas

4.0

Jack in the Box

Yes
Yes

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2

2.5

McDonalds (7)

Yes
2
Yes
3

1.5

Red Robin

San Jose or Morgan Hill

    3.0

Sonic

Salinas or Gilroy

2.0

Wendy's

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Yes

2.5

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MEXICAN - 5

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S.V.
S C
Cap.
Wat.
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Yelp
Stars

Chili's

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Yes

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    3.0

Chipotle

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Yes

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3.5

Taco Bell (6)

Yes
3
Yes
Yes

2.5

Tacos Moreno

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Yes
Yes

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4.0

Taqueria Vallarta

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2
Yes

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3.5

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OTHER - 6

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S.V.
S C
Cap.
Wat.
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Yelp
Stars

Chick-Fil-A (chicken)

San Jose or Sunnyvale
3.5

Golden Corral (buffet)

Tracy is closest
3.0

KFC (chicken)

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Yes
Yes

2.5

Panda Express (chin.)

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Yes
Yes
Yes

1.5

Popeyes (chicken)

San Jose is closest
3.0

Red Lobster (seafood)

San Jose or Salinas
3.5

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PIZZA - 8

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S.V.
S C
Cap.
Wat.
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Yelp
Stars

Domino's

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Yes
Yes
Yes

2.5

Little Caesars

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2

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Yes
3.5

Mountain Mike's

Yes
Yes

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Yes

    3.0

Papa John's

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Yes

2.5

Pizza Hut

San Jose or Watsonville

2.5

Pizza My Heart

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Yes
2

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3.5

Pleasure Pizza

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Yes

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3.5

Round Table

Yes

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Yes
Yes

2.5

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SANDWICHES - 5

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S.V.
S C
Cap.
Wat.
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Yelp
Stars

Arby's

San Jose is closest

    3.0

Firehouse Subs

Fremont or Dublin

4.0

Subway (11)

Yes
3
3
4

1.5

Togo's (5)

Yes
2
Yes
Yes
3.5

Wienerschnitzel

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Yes

    3.0

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Since nothing less than a 1 can be given, the Effective ZERO using this scale IS 1.

Thus, 1.5 is REALLY BAD.

Notes:
1. Soquel shops are combined with Capitola.

2. Freedom shops are combined with Watsonville.

3. Yelp stars are an average of the restaurant brands in the area. The Best and Worst rated are highlighted. The reader may verify the numbers.

4. There are over 23 excellent taco joints around town, and most have high ratings. They require a separate page to summarize. Only 5 are listed here.

5. Arby's, Firehouse Subs, Golden Corral and Sonic are heavily advertised on TV in Santa Cruz, but you must drive many miles to find one.
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Biggest Local Complaints - 1.5 Star Ratings

McDonalds
Ocean St.

Slow service, Rude employees
Filthy restrooms
Bums, druggie hangout
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Panda Express
41st Ave.

BAD ATTITUDES
SMALL PORTIONS
Long lines, Expensive prices
They don't maintain stated hours - don't visit early or late.
Frequently run out of items.
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Subway

RUDE EMPLOYEES
Insulting remarks in Spanish
In multiple stores - if you are a gringo and understand Spanish, expect an earful.
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DISCLAIMER
This summary is intended to be the "short list" of local fast food restaurants near Santa Cruz, CA.

This author believes that the above data is accurate. I created my own list and researched the numbers. All data may easily be verified by the reader.
Any errors reported will be fixed.
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