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Breakfast and other recommendations for Santa Barbara

kaszeta Apr 10, 2007 05:47 AM

I'm going to be spending a week at a conference in Santa Barbara. Any particular recommedations for

(a) breakfast joints,

(b) decent sushi or Japanese places.

(c) any other must-eat places?

  1. Yknotnsb Mar 31, 2008 03:23 PM

    Well there really are so many great places to eat in SB as it is a melting pot for fresh California Cuisine. My Favorite Breakfast place is on the Mesa... its called Mesa Cafe... and The best Brunch ever is at the Biltmore.

    And for Sushi... as everyone has stated... Arigato is the best... fun atmosphere right on State Street.

    Los Arroyos is a great place for authentic fresh mexican food.

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      Luvz2Eat May 21, 2009 03:53 PM

      Great breakfast at Sambo's. Also a must see place is McConnell's Ice Cream!

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      pantani Apr 18, 2007 09:01 PM

      My Santa Barbara Favorites:

      Sojouner Cafe - Used to be vegetarian, now they serve meat as well. This is a must. Been there forever.

      Chilangoes - Best burritos I have had anywhere period, especially the Chicken Axiote.

      Natural Cafe

      Aldo's - Its been a while so I am not sure if it still there.

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        forbiddenedges Apr 18, 2007 05:06 PM

        Breakfast on the beach (East Beach?) next to the volley ball courts on the sand

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          Got Cake Apr 10, 2007 06:42 PM

          Breakfast -
          I second the vote for Tupelo Junction.
          Cajun Kitchen if you want a locals dive breakfast joint, there are many locations
          The orginal and last Sambo's is on Cabrillo Blvd. with outside ocean view seating
          Downtown location of Esau's closed recently but there is still one in Carpinteria

          Sushi-
          Ask 10 people in town about their favorite sushi place and you will probably get 10 different answers. Arigato seams to usually lead the votes though.

          Taqueria-
          Be sure to go to both El Bahio & Super Rica on Milpas if you are in town long enough to do both

          Dinner-
          Opal
          Palace Cafe
          Epiphany
          Paradise Cafe

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          1. re: Got Cake
            kaszeta Apr 18, 2007 04:51 PM

            Well, so far you folks are batting 1000:

            1. Cajun Kitchen was one of the best breakfasts I've had for a while. Flavorful, afforadable, and a friendly staff. I might go back.

            2. Santa Barbara Seafood had a nice pair of shrimp tacos at lunch. I'm a little disturbed by how every single seafood place here makes a big deal of having imported New England Lobster, though.

            3. El Bahio is actually pretty close to my hotel. Very good taqueria.

            I plan to hit Bouchon and McConnell's Ice Cream tomorrow.

            1. re: kaszeta
              PolarBear Apr 18, 2007 07:08 PM

              "I'm a little disturbed by how every single seafood place here makes a big deal of having imported New England Lobster"

              I've always heard that the east coast species was far superior to our CA spiny lobster.

              1. re: PolarBear
                kaszeta Apr 18, 2007 08:47 PM

                Oh, it is, but it still suprises me that places seem to focus on East Coast Lobster when there's plenty of good, local stuff as well.

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            Spike Costa Apr 10, 2007 06:41 PM

            Tupelo Junction for breakfast!

            1. sarahvagaca Apr 10, 2007 06:30 PM

              La Super-Rica is an absolute MUST!!! Everyone has their own favorites, mine are the pork quesadilla, guacamole, chilaquiles and rice!

              Santa Barbara Shellfish Company is really tasty, fresh seafood with a great view. It's a teeny place with only a counter and stools, so I'd go there for a late lunch on a weekday. It's not fancy at all, just good. There are a few seafood places on the wharf but I've heard that the others are terrible, so make sure you head into the right one!

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                Diana Apr 10, 2007 09:24 AM

                No decent sushi exists in Santa Barbara, except for that place in the wharf/fishing place near Brophy's (not on the Pier)

                You must eat at:
                LA Super Rica
                The Brewhouse
                OPal
                Cafe Luna (summerland)
                Taj
                Sojurner
                McConnell's Ice Cream
                Easu's (Carpenteria) good breakfast!
                The Natural Cafe
                Santa Barbara Shellfish Co
                Santa Barbara Roasting Co
                Chocolate Maya
                THe Wine Cask
                Bouchon
                Stella Mare's

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                  Jeters Apr 10, 2007 09:47 AM

                  Good places for breakfast:
                  Tupelo Junction
                  Cajun Kitchen (I like the one on de la vina)
                  D'Angelos
                  Rose Cafe
                  Vices and Spices for morning coffee

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                    kaszeta Apr 10, 2007 11:39 AM

                    Excellent. This list should keep me busy.

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                      majmaj4 Apr 10, 2007 06:07 PM

                      Breakfast:
                      Los Arroyos - very good mexican breakfast fare, casual, order at the counter
                      Taqueria El Bajio - very good mexican breakfast fare, very casual, order at the counter
                      D'Angelos - great croissants
                      Eladios - nice upscale breakfast,
                      Andalucia - decent sunday breakfast

                      Sushi - unless you really are in the mood, I would skip. Arigato is the best in town.

                      Others top places depending on your mood.
                      Santa Barbara Shellfish Co - very casual seafood on the end of the pier
                      Brophy's - great view of the harbor, good seafood. Best spot is at the bar.
                      La Superica - taco stand with a twist
                      Wine Cask - California cuisine

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                  glbtrtr Apr 10, 2007 07:39 AM

                  Wander around the 1100 and 1200 blocks of State Street between Anapamu and Sola Streetsand take your pick - Anderson Cafe or Cafe Bianco in Victoria Court for breakfast, Arigato or East for sushi and the Restaurant Row on first block of West Victoria.

                  Ground zero for variety of Santa Barbara dining all within just a few blocks - check out the side streets too.

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