Santa Barbara Trip Report - La Super Rica, bouchon, Los Olivos Cafe, Wine Cask,
My husband and I just got back from a weekend trip in Santa Barbara, where we ate ourselves silly.
Lunch at La Super Rica. There's only word to describe it - YUM! I had the special enchiladas de plaza. My husband had the #14 (chorizo) and the #16 (pork). All of it was great, though the enchiladas special stood out. We highly recommend it.
Dinner at bouchon. I had the yellowtail carpaccio as an appetizer and the sturgeon special as my entree. My husband had the quail as an appetizer and the duck as an entree. We shared a cheese plate and the Meyer lemon curd tart for dessert. My husband thought the quail was excellent. His duck was prepared two ways. He thought the duck leg was excellent, but the breast was a bit too chewy. I wasn't a huge fan of the yellowtail carpaccio. It just didn't have enough taste. I ate it with all of the accompaniments, but I still felt it was missing something. The sturgeon special and the lemon tart were also good. The cheese plate was great - they gave us so much that we had to take half of it as leftovers. It made for a great breakfast the next day. Overall, it was a great meal. The ambience was nice (try to get a table on the patio), and the service was great. The warm bread was also delicious. We recommend it.
Lunch at Los Olivos Cafe. I had the turkey sandwich and a bowl of potato tomato cheddar soup. My husband had the special lamb stew with the suggested glass of wine, Blair Fox syrah. My husband loved the lamb stew - it's just his sort of thing. He liked the wine so much that we bought two bottles of it there. The turkey sandwich was good - it had some nice fresh tomatoes, and the soup was good. The best part for me was the focaccia bread and olive oil dip. We bought a bottle of the olive oil bread dip. The service is very good, and the ambience is nice - try to get a table on the patio. We recommend it. Also check out the Consilience tasting room if you're in town. It has great ambience and we particularly enjoyed the SB syrah and the Roads Zinfandel.
Dinner at Wine Cask. The ambience is quite nice - especially the ceiling and the paintings. I had the tomato cheese tart as an appetizer and the miso black cod as an entree. My husband had the foie gras as an appetizer and the sole roll as an entree. The miso black cod was the best. The cheese tart and foie gras were also nice. The sole roll was not very good - the fish was mushy. For dessert, we had the strawberry shortcake. We were not impressed - it was a bit dry. The service was good. We recommend it.
All in all, a great trip. We were completely stuffed! If we were to go back, we would definitely go back to La Super Rica. As for the Wine Cask and bouchon, we would likely try other places, not because we didn't like them, but because we like trying new places, and there wasn't anything that was so outstanding that we feel we have to have it again. I would go back to Los Olivos Cafe just for the bread and dip.