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The best burgers in Santa Cruz County

The best burgers in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz is known for surfing, plentiful coffee shops and great hiking, but did you know we also offer some great burgers? Here are some of my favorite burger joints around the county.

Burger Santa Cruz


The raging debate in our house is whether this place is called “Burger” or “Burger Dot.” Whether or not you pronounce the punctuation, there’s no argument that this place can make a burger to your detailed specifications. Although the menu boasts a wide variety of pre-designed burgers, you have options on everything – switch out your patty, toppings, bun and sides however your heart desires. Don’t miss their shakes (especially the caramel flavor!) and wide variety of brews. Locations in Aptos and Westside Santa Cruz.

Betty’s Burger

This local’s favorite boasts four locations, from Downtown to 41st Ave. With a rockabilly theme and great tattoo-inspired art, you’ll pick up the fun vibe as soon as you walk in. But it isn’t all looks – Betty’s turns out some great food, too. Most burgers feature their signature “lube” and the adult milkshakes are not to be missed.

Fat Boy Burger and Grill

This family-owned joint in Watsonville turns out delicious burgers and grilled sandwiches (the pastrami sandwich is a favorite!) Friendly staff and scrumptious shakes round out this local secret spot.

Parish Public House

While this last pick is not technically a burger joint, they do serve an amazing burger, so they get an honorary mention. Tucked away in the Safeway shopping center on the far West edge of Santa Cruz, Parish is a great spot to grab any pub food (and also catch a game). Try the garlic fries, and be sure to check out the kids menu – it will give you a laugh!


Gina Odom, Realtor

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