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jlclaire Aug 31, 2007 08:14 AM

Hi all!

My family will be camping at Refugio this weekend, but I'm thinking I don't want to cook every meal. I'm looking for inexpensive, casual, and yummy. Take out is fine, too. I'm not sure which meals we will be eating out yet, so all suggestions are welcome.


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    Clinton Aug 31, 2007 01:30 PM

    Woody's for BBQ. Esau's on State St. for breakfast.

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    1. re: Clinton
      Diana Aug 31, 2007 02:07 PM

      Esau on State is gone, I think. Only the Carp one left. Or is it the other way around?

      1. re: Diana
        Clinton Aug 31, 2007 07:36 PM

        Oy, haven't been to Esau's in years. It could be that you're right? All I remember is that they made their own homemade jams and the breakfasts were pretty good. Always stopped off at Woody's during lunchtime and had a slab of BBQ ribs and onion rings. Woody's have since moved to Turnpike some years ago but still keep packing them in.

        1. re: Clinton
          Bunson Sep 3, 2007 06:43 PM

          Esau's had great breakfasts and the best part was that they stayed open later after the bars closed. But yeah, the State Street location is no more. :(

          Woody's is great for bbq in Santa Barbara, especially their burgers (The Muleskinner is one of my all-time favs!).

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      glbtrtr Aug 31, 2007 08:43 AM

      Refugio is quite a ways from Santa Barbara, you may want to look at Goleta restaurants instead. There are a variety in Isla Vista and the Calle Real Center that are inexpensive and family friendly. For a special treat try Arroyo Burro (Hendry's Beach) and Goleta Beach - both have beach side restuarants.

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        Diana Aug 31, 2007 08:31 AM

        Cafe Luna
        the Natural Cafe
        The Santa Barbara Shellfish Co
        The Brewhouse
        La Super Rica
        the Royal Taj
        Gelson's Deli and salad bar
        El Paseo
        Jack's Famous Bagels
        trader Joes for nibbly bits and take out
        McConnell's for Ice Cream and froyo (you gotta, its REEEEAAAALLL good)

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