Established in 1998, Charlie Hong Kong has been a cornerstone in Santa Cruz for delicious, nutritious, and fresh Asian cuisine. The restaurant was originally started by Charlie who is a Santa Cruz native and self-taught chef. One year after opening the restaurant Charlie decided he wanted to do more and sold the restaurant to Carolyn and Darryl ìRudyî Rudolph who have been running Charlie Hong Kong ever since. Charlie Hong Kong is a true family affair with Carolyn and Rudyís son, Sam, working as the restaurant’s General Manager. It is their goal to provide customers with healthy, affordable, and sustainable food and Charlie Hong Kong accomplishes that with flying colors.Everything at Charlie Hong Kong is made from fresh, locally grown organic produce and ingredients. Their basic menu is completely vegan and they serve no dairy products. Customers do have the option to add meats and proteins to their dish though, so if you arenít vegan there are options for a heartier meal as well. Spicy Danís Peanut Delight is the restaurantís bestseller that is made with eggless wheat noodles and an organic veggie medley in a spicy organic coconut peanut sauce topped with organic peanuts, cilantro, bean sprouts, carrots, and scallions. Guests can then decide if they want to complete the bowl with anything extra like Spicy Ginger Beef, Teriyaki Salmon, or Green Curry Chicken to name a few. Another fan favorite is Charlie Hong Kongís Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho Ga) that is savory and comforting, perfect if youíre feeling a little under the weather. It is made fresh daily and served with chicken breast, wide rice noodles, bean sprouts, basil, jalapeno peppers, and fresh limes. Donít miss the eateryís delicious beverages either. They make their own homemade Ginger Lemonade and serve a variety of teas, bottled beers, coconut water, and soda without any high fructose corn syrup.Charlie Hong Kong is setup to be a fast casual restaurant where customers order at the counter then wait for their number to be called to receive their food. You can either eat inside the restaurant or take your food to-go! All in all, Charlie Hong Kong prides itself on their quality, nutritious, and affordable products they offer their customer. The have won various awards and recognitions including ìHealthiest Restaurant in Santa Cruzî. Carolyn and Rudy strive to support local farmers, their community, and even help to educate the youth on food and healthy eating. They hold fundraisers and partake in other activities to support the community and local causes. They even take some of their food to farmers to show them what they create out of their fresh crops. Charlie Hong Kong is the perfect spot to enjoy with family and friends, so the next time youíre in Santa Cruz be sure to stop by! You wonít be disappointed!
1141 Soquel Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062