santa barbar trip evaluation
i just had a wonderful trip to santa barbara.
we had a great lunch at the in n. out, and started our trip from SB winery
alma rosa- it was ok.... i thought the cheese and olives offered as a side was excellent, but i was expecting a lot more from the wine. but, it was still good
briddlewood- beautiful landscape, great wine, i liked their whites more than their reds (and i'm a red person).
carina- great wine, for the price.... excellent reserves, ended up buying a case of the syrah
we did that whole row of wineries in los olivos....
epiphany had some great wines
jaffurs- was good, but pricey for what it was
firestone- was ok..... their whites were standard
it was good... but not great.
for a 28 rating on zagats... you'd better make your own bread!!!!
-the bread was something you would pick up from the vons (not even ralphs) bakery
-the butter was a stick something from the chain grocery as well
i had the muscles....
it was ok... but... nothing memorable.
the duck was yummy, but the price tag on it was a little too high for what is was...
the rib eye was ok... typical.. not worth $37 or 39 whatever that was....
creme brulee- was yummy.... i think that was the best part of the meal!
i would give that a 24-23 rating for the food
a 25 for the decor
25 service - this was great
would definetely do santa barbara again, but this time im trusting my own ratings....
I like Downey's but agree may be a little overpriced.
I use zagats for one source, but agree sometimes local favorites can get overblown. In Las Vegas the highest rated restaurant for food is In-N-Out burger. When they have some outlets of Michelin rated chefs, In-N-Out can't be the best food.
Tee, hee, ......... what kind of "muscles" did you eat?
(Thanks for the report - always good to get fresh eyes looking at old warhorses)