Breakfast and other recommendations for Santa Barbara
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?
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.
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.
Aldo's - Its been a while so I am not sure if it still there.
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
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.
Be sure to go to both El Bahio & Super Rica on Milpas if you are in town long enough to do both
re: Got Cake
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.
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!
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
Cafe Luna (summerland)
McConnell's Ice Cream
Easu's (Carpenteria) good breakfast!
The Natural Cafe
Santa Barbara Shellfish Co
Santa Barbara Roasting Co
THe Wine Cask
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
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.