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Favorite Santa Barbara Restaurants

I am looking for more good restaurants in the Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta area. So far, these are my favorites. I particularly like Italian with fresh ingredients, Southeast Asian, Indian, and bakeries. If it came from a can or otherwise falls into the category of heat and serve, I probably dislike it.

La Super Rica for Horchata, Jamaica, and anything with their handmade tortillas, especially the taco con rajas.

Olio e Limone for fresh and upscale Italian food.

Via Vai for their amazing thin crust pizza and some of their pastas.

Via Maestra 42 for the gelato and pastries.

Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant for the curry noodles or curry rice.

El Baijo for the aguas frescas and handmade gorditas.

Lazy Acres Market for their awesome bakery section and overall selection.

Tupelo Junction for Chocolate Turtle Beignets and sweet potato fries.

Cold Spring Tavern for breakfast.

Carlitos for an amazing tostada.

The Andersen for pastries and iced mocha.

D'Angelo Bread Company for pastries and lemonade.

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  1. El Sitio on either Salinas street or Fairview location, and I always order Tacos de Pasilla. Pork carnitas with sauteed mushrooms-yellow onion and roasted strips of pasilla chili smothered in white cheese, served with 4 corn tortillas.

    La Superica has basically the same dish- a number 16. YUM!

    Lately Sushi Teri has been good to me, the strip mall location in Goleta.

    I want to try a new place- on Hollister/Kellogg- next to Sizzler called Mediterra Market- olive oils and gourmet items, plus a lunch menu- haven't been in- but do see it as I visit the new Alpha Thrift next to Carpeteria-I just haven't been able to pull myself away from El Sitio!

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    1. re: JalamaMama

      Yes; I've tried Mediterra: very nice, charming store& people. BUT: No lunch. Only special food, packaged. Excellent olives and olive oils!! Also the Feta was soo good, next time I'll try other cheeses.

      1. re: jiji

        Mediterra Cafe in Goleta now does sit-down lunches - and they're delicious.

    2. We and several friends have had great meals at Frescos at the Beach. We have definitely added that to our list of favorites in town.
      We had a great dinner at Dish, Calle Real at Fairview a couple weeks ago. We shared a salad (something with papaya) and each had a main dish, I had swordfish pasta which I thought would be chunks of fish in the pasta, but instead it was pasta with a nice smoky flavor from grilled artichoke hearts, capers, and olives with the grilled fish on top. My spouse had jambalaya and loved it. We took home half of each dish, including half the salad and had another entire meal.

      1. Japanese: Edomasa is one of my favorite places. I eat there once or twice a month easily. Takenoya on Calle Real in Goleta is very good also; it has probably the most extensive Japanese menu I've seen in town.

        Thai: Most places in town tend to be consistently good, in my opinion. I most commonly eat at Your Choice (Upper State -- their Panang Fish is sublime); Galanga (Lower State); and Your Place (Milpas).

        Italian: Ca' Dario compares with Olio e Limone. 'Pane e Vino' (across from Via Vai) is consistently excellent and is a Montecito institution.

        Indian: I like some of the less-often-seen veggie dishes at "Spice Avenue", including okra curry. Most places in town I tend to stick with lighter things like samosas and tandoor or kebabs, as the curry/gravies tend to be on the overly heavy side (a drawback of most Indian restaurants).

        1. La Superica (Milpas Street) - #15 Tocino special - melted cheese, bacon, pico de gallo and three supremely fresh tortillas

          Taj Cafe (State Street) - fragrant Indian

          Blue Dolphin (Isla Vista) for Malaysian wraps

          Mai's (Main Street Ventura) Vietnamese and Hawaiian

          Santa Barbara City College Gourmet Dining Room (SBCC campus) prix fixe 4 course dinner with wine - $30 - multiple choices

          Rudy's (Montecito Street) - chile relleno ala carte

          Paesano's (San Andres Street) - pizza, pizza, pizza

          Super Cuca's (West Micheltorena) - burritos

          Sushi Teri (Bath Street) sushi - teriyaki combo

          Ca Dario (East Victoria Street) antipasto misto

          MacDonald's - Filet O' Fish sandwich

          Mesa Cafe (Cliff Drive) - home style comfort food - no frills, just basic good fresh items, low key place

          1. Yes, that taco con rajas and the horchata are my 2 favorite things at La Super Rica. I stopped there on Friday and was banging on the table and moaning with pleasure. So good.