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#1 Arcadian

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:18 PM

Hey friends. Leaving for Santa Barbara tomorrow for a film festival in which a friends film is debuting. Would like a recomendation for a wonderful uniquely SB dinning experience. Anybody have any rec's they can throw my way?

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 03:26 PM

There's a lot to choose from. I was working in SB for 3 days/week last year for about 3 months. I kept coming back to the Japanese place Taiko, on State Street and pretty close to the 101. Killer uni down there, for that's where the sea urchin farms are! Very spirited chef there with lots of nice things out of the ordinary.

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 11:41 PM

La Super Rica.....really good mexican food people travel from All over Southern California for.....

http://www.santabarb..._restaurant=710

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 08:54 AM

Headed to Santa Barbara next week. Any recent reviews or suggestions?

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:03 PM

I moved to Santa Barbara in 2002. LOVE IT! LOVE!!!

You GOTTA, GOTTA, GOTTA go here: SpiritLand Bistro. http://www.spiritlandbistro.com

Competing for best cioppino are Brophy Bros. & Enterprise Fish Co. If you are in Santa Barbara on a Wednesday night... go to Brophy Bros. - it's in the harbor, Wed. nigh it "Wet Wednesday" it's the night the locals race their sailboats. Great to watch those big beautiful spinnakers on the water. The view of the mountains from Brophy's at twighlight & sunset is amazing. You'll get awesome pics here. http://www.brophybros.com

Go to Cold Spring Tavern! Beautiful drive. GREAT WINE SELECTION! Amazing atmosphere. Historic. See if you can get there on a BBQ or live music day/night. The original owner was a cookbook collector. She died some time ago and left behind HUNDREDS of cookbooks. I stumbled upon them by accident... sort of wandered into one of the outbuildings even tho that particular door was closed... I found "America's Cook Book" published 1937. I asked the bartender about the cookbooks he sold me the one I wanted for $1! He said that no library wanted them. They couldn't find a home for them. So... they're up for grabs. Too cool! If you go here & you wanna check out the cookbooks I suggest you bring a flashlight! http://www.coldspringtavern.com

The Farmer's Market you MUST go to is on Saturday Morning. It's KILLER! (Santa Barbara & Cota Streets, 8:30am-1pm)
Sunday morning is Art Walk - local artists set up all along the waterfront. Very nice.

Are you going to Ojai or Solvang?
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 04:14 AM

I woke up thinking "OMG, I forgot to tell her about Via Maestra!" And at 5am here I am posting this info. LOL

Check Via Maestra out, it's at 3343 State St, right next to the post office. I love this place. One review said ""Via Maestra Really charming little hole in the wall that serves flat out outstanding italian food. Very authentic. The Pumpkin ravioli is wonderful as is everything. Great wine list too."‎ And I have a Chef friend who spent a year @ a cooking school in Italy - the students went to different regions of Italy and apprenticed w/ different chefs... he also loves Via Maestra & has many wonderful chats w/ the owner, bounces recipes & techniques off of him all the time.

When you're done @ Via Maestra Gelson's market is right on the corner, it's one of the better markets in Santa Barbara. The other market to check out is Lazy Acres, located on the Mesa. Oh, and, Tri-County Produce! "local & organic"

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 04:33 AM

I do like the Natural Cafe. They have several locations: http://www.thenaturalcafe.com as does Rudy's Mexican (no website) - I like the one at 305 West Montecito St... it's right next to The Brewhouse http://www.brewhousesb.com (Telegraph Brewing is also in Santa Barbara http://www.telegraphbrewing.com) and if you're in the mood for sushi, head to one of Sushi Teri's locations http://www.sushiteri.com

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 10:08 AM

I think on my last trip to Santa Barbara we ate at Super Rica -- twice. I don't think we ate anywhere else.

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#9 iheartfromage

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 12:36 PM

Thanks so much for the recs! Now all I need is a sunny forecast and I'm headed for a perfect long weekend...

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:12 PM

I just got back from Santa Barbara.
While I was there I went to Jane's two days in a row for lunch and ordered the blue cheese burger and the flowerless chocolate cake both days. The friends I was staying with said that they go there all the time, I would too. http://www.janeresta...b.com/menu.html

Had some great tacos at Lilly's Taqueria; tacos is all they serve. http://www.lillystacos.com/

Also had brunch at Tupelo Junction Cafe. My bacon-gouda scramble was really good but wished I would have listened to my friend and gotten the delicious crab cakes she got. http://www.tupelojun...n.com/index.php

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:32 PM

We're originally from SB and I often go back for work. Honestly, it's not really known for it's restaurants but instead, coastal beauty.

Still, there are a few places I like to visit when I'm there.

Brophy Bros. is great for a sunset meal (or anytime). What makes it a good time is the location at the harbor, the sea breeze through the restaurant, and watching the mountains glow at sunset. The food is good for SB. Prepare for a long wait unless you're going at off hours. If you go later in the evening, you'll see some of the harbor rats (locals living on boats) and most are characters. http://www.brophybros.com/menu

La Super Rica is a locals' favorite and has received a lot of press over the years. Julie Child liked going there. The line moves quickly and you can't go wrong with most things on the menu. Tiny stand on the corner without a sign. Look for the line.
http://www.yelp.com/...a-santa-barbara

The Natural Cafe is pretty good if you're downtown. Affordable. Some really good salads. Reminds me of Laughing Planet, but a little better.
http://www.thenaturalcafe.com/

For a nice dinner, Bouchon is a favorite. I haven't been there since moving to Portland, but it's still very popular and they do a nice job with local ingredients.
http://www.bouchonsa...om/homepage.php

For a local's steak house experience, try the TeeOff. It's been in the same strip mall for over 50 years. Tuck and roll booths, low lights, martinis, local color. You can wear shorts or a suit. Food is good but it's also the atmosphere that makes the meal. It's old school in a good way. Make reservations and ask for the front room.
http://www.yelp.com/...f-santa-barbara

Ca Dario used to be good but it's been several years since I've been there.
http://cadario.net/

Arigato is very good for glam SoCal sushi. Fresh and innovative for the area. Very busy and loud. They do several items very well.
http://www.yelp.com/...i-santa-barbara

A few months ago we tried Jane for the first time. A friend who goes there for lunch recommended it. We went for dinner and thought the food was OK, but overall the experience was a bit of a miss. The menu is confused and though the food is high quality, the final preparation does not come across, or taste, thoughtfully prepared. It sounds better than it tastes. Portland restaurants at the same price-point blow it out of the water. Unfortunately for SB, that is very common.
http://www.yelp.com/...e-santa-barbara

Stay away from the restaurants on the pier - exception would be the spot on the end where you can eat fresh crab at a picnic table.

Cold Springs Tavern is an old stagecoach stop and a destination on Sunday afternoons. Lots of bikes, tri-tip sandwiches, and Tom and Kenny often play on the bench outside.
http://www.coldspringtavern.com/
http://www.bassharp.com/tomball.htm

The Saturday Farmers Market is very good. A great range of produce and try the seascape strawberries from Harry's Berries. They sell out early. If you're there around 9-10 look for the black market tamale guy (no hot food sold at the market). He carries them in a brown super market bag and sidles up to each vendor. When you see vendors eating tamales, he's close by.

The front bar at the Biltmore hotel is nice - a bit spendy - try to get a patio seat and watch the sun set over Butterfly Beach.

If you like hiking, there are great hikes up into the mountains and you are often rewarded with a beautiful view. Bring sunscreen and water - it can often be colder at the beach while hot in the mountains.
http://www.santabarbarahikes.com/

Lots of SB folks take out-of-town friends to Carlitos for dinner - primarily for the experience: it's a nice spot on State Street, pretty patio, good margaritas, and it feels like you're on vacation.
http://www.yelp.com/...a-santa-barbara

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 07:02 AM

Heading to Santa Barbara Saturday. Any updates recommendations?



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Posted 25 June 2015 - 08:44 AM

La Super Rica! Like Nick said! First place I ever had handmade tortillas and horchata, back in the early '90s. A memorable visit.



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Posted 25 June 2015 - 07:43 PM

btw, if you happen to be driving to/from Santa Barbara to/from LA, Malibu is a possible destination between the two.  I only say this because Grom has one of its three US locations in Malibu (the other two are in NYC) and their gelato is among the best in the world.......just checked and they now have a Hollywood location, too.  So, just saying. This hot weather and all.....


The greatest service chemistry has rendered to alimentary science, is the discovery of osmazome, or rather the determination of what it was. ~Brillat-Savarin

Nick Zukin, Mi Mero Mole

Co-Author, Artisan Jewish Deli at Home

Formerly, Kenny & Zuke's


#15 halfbrain

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 07:48 AM

Thanks for this tips everyone.

 

Nick, we are driving in from LA, but the main purpose of this trip is a doctor visit at UCLA. So both those Grom locations are possible.