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Aug 31, 2007 08:14 AM

Santa Barbara with toddler

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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  1. Eladio's
    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)

    1. 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.

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

        3 Replies
        1. re: Clinton

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

          1. re: Diana

            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

              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!).