Your young neighbors may be elbowing each other to get into this week’s hip new restaurants. Geezers can avoid bodily injury by dining at off-beat places well under Michael Bauer’s radar. Remember Shadowbrook in Capitola? It’s still there hanging above Soquel Creek right before it spills into the Pacific. Shamelessly retro it’s planted on a lush garden hillside. Paths wind up to it, or if you’re with grandkids, take the funicular. The menu is short and pricey (NY Steak $34, Lobster $30). The place is still spectacularly romantic.

And if you can wait til summer, the proprietors of Brookdale, the legendary lodge in a dense Santa Cruz mountain redwood forest, are promising their Brook Room which has a creek spilling right through it, will be open for business. I’d check first.

This is a green as green dining gets.

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