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  • Heidi Sep 14, 2000 07:42 PM
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I've been searching the boards for a Thai recommendation in Santa Barbara. Are there any or maybe just one that might be worth a meal? I live in a Thai wasteland so even if it isn't a Holy Grail of Thai and just pretty darn good by your standards I'm sure I'd be very happy. Many thanks.

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  1. There are many Thai restaurants in S.B. but nothing compares to the great stretch along Hollywood BLVD in Hollywood. You didn't say if you are from S.B. or will be visiting. The three that we frequent in order of preference are:

    Your Place, 22A N. Milpas in S.B.; excellent roast duck salad and passable curries.

    Appethai, 5940 Calle Real in Goleta

    Bangkok Palace, 2829 De La Vina in S.B.

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    1. re: jim benzian

      Jim, thank you. We will be visiting thru this Saturday and Sunday(continiuing to Big Sur,Napa & S.F.). Straight from LAX with nary a moment to check out the Thais of Hollywood.We're coming from Cleveland.

      1. re: HeidiI

        If you're just passing through Santa Barbara, may I humbly suggest that you forego the merely passable Thai food for 1) La Super Rica up on Milpas; 2) a glass of wine and a snack at the Wine Cask; or 3) a barbecued steak from either Jocko's in Nipomo or the Hitching Post in Buellton an hour or so up the 101. Those places aren't just okay by Santa Barbara standards--they're the best of their kind in the United States.

        1. re: HeidiI

          If you're just passing through Santa Barbara, may I humbly suggest that you forego the merely passable Thai food for 1) La Super Rica up on Milpas; 2) a glass of wine and a snack at the Wine Cask; or 3) a barbecued steak from either Jocko's in Nipomo or the Hitching Post in Buellton an hour or so up the 101. Those places aren't just okay by Santa Barbara standards--they're the best of their kind in the United States.

          1. re: Pepper

            Thank you for your suggestions. We are definitely planning a meal or two at La Super Rica. The Wine Cask sounds nice precisely for wine and snack. We CAN have an outstanding steak in Cleveland whether I'm preparing it myself or knowing the right restaurants. But we can't get even "passable" Thai and it's not that I'm so willing to compromise, it's just that what you might not consider first-rate is probably light years beyond what's accessable to us here. Perhaps we should just wait until the S.F. leg of the trip for Thai and enjoy La Super Rica in S.B. to the literal fullest.

            1. re: Heidi

              Heidi:

              Save your Thai cravings for San Francisco, they have plenty of great Thai restaurants (I like Marnee Thai on Irving). While you're at it have some Vietnamese, too!

              My personal SF fave of late is Pacific Cafe (a great seafood joint right next to The Legion of Honor art museum), please read my comments in the post linked to below.

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              1. re: Heidi

                Many locals avoid this place.

                I grew up in Santa Barbara and I have never seen such a croc. You have to wait in line for taco stand food at outrageos prices. I agree the food is good but I don't think it's deserving of any of the RAVE reviews!!!

                1. re: joea

                  or any of these....

                  brophy brothers on the breakwater

                  the waterfront grill

                  chads

                  1. re: joea

                    You're so right. I live in Santa Barbara, too and actually ate at Super Rica yesterday. Good food but...2 enchiladas, rice, and ice tea....$10.+...
                    and they have a nerve to have a tip jar.

                    1. re: Todd
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                      john kawakami

                      this, from someone in a city where a basic house id $400,000. The cooks have to live too.

                      1. re: john kawakami

                        Just to update your $400,000 comment. Even a basic house in S. B. is $600,000. Still, Super Rica is overpriced!

                      2. re: Todd

                        Enchiladas are served only on Wednesdays at La Super-Rica. $6.50 for the enchiladas. Plus $1.00 more for rice. Plus $1.30 for iced tea. Wow, what a rip! Especially for what you describe as "good food."

                        I haven't previously responded to the recent string of La Super-Rica bashing, because I really don't have anything new to add to my previous rave reviews of this place, and people are free to disagree with me. Suffice to say that I love this place, and also think it's a terrific bargain.

                        1. re: Tom Armitage
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                          Peter Binkow

                          My girlfriend was a grad student in SB for 5 years. She and her grad student friends (= no money) used to eat at Superrica regularly, albeit usually avoiding the pricier (for Superrica) items.

                          I happen to love the place; it's probably the one reason I'm sorry I don't go up there regularly anymore. I'll admit that roughly 20% of those I've met thought it was overrated.

                          I STRONGLY urge everyone to try it for themselves; after all, it's not like you're spending $100 just to sit near celebs. So many love it, from Julia Child to many on this board to tourists and locals who just like good food.

                      3. re: joea
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                        Barry Strugatz

                        Stop complaining and name a better place.

                    2. re: Pepper

                      What?

                      I live in Santa Barbara, and I agree that La Superica is pretty good, but Wine Cask has gone very downhill over the past two years, and Hitching Post is a very average steakhouse serving oversalted bar-b-qued filets.

                      I have to disagree about the Thai Food as well. Your Place (on Milpas by the 101) has some of the best Thai Food in So. Cal. (try the Roast Duck Curry and Spicy Mint Noodles). If you don't mind paying the overpriced bills at Wine Cask and Hitching Post then you'll get your money's worth at Citronelle at the Santa Barbara Hotel or Cabernet Bistro in Solvang. Citronelle is owned by Michel Richard of Citrus in L.A., but Citronelle is a much better resturant. Try the Crunchy Napolean for desert-- they serve it with butterscotch sauce rather than the lousy raspberry sauce at Citrus.