Driving up from LA to Santa Barbara
Been reading the board for years but have only recently started to post. And now I have a question....
My partner and I will be driving up to Santa Barbara this Saturday in the late morning and will heading back to LA sometime Sunday afternoon. I'm going up for a friend's wedding, but it's also the weekend before my birthday, and I'd like to have a tasty (although inexpensive) lunch on the way back. Any recommendations? We're both open to cuisine, but we're also on a budget. Hopefully no more than $25 per person (not including drinks, tax, and tip).
Casual is fine (and actually preferred).
Stella Mares or Petit Valentin will keep you in the dressed-up romantic mood - both very pretty locations and very nice appropriately portioned, well-priced French bistro type menus. (If they are open on Sundays) Brunch tends to be the order of the day on Sundays in this town: http://www.stellamares.com/assets/pdf...
50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Got back to LA today.
My partner and I went to Montecito cafe (part of Montecito Inn, I presume) for Saturday lunch. It was situated on really charming street and the cafe had a lovely interior. Service was prompt, attention, and warm. We split the goat cheese pancakes w/ lox and caviar. Wish had dish had a stronger goat cheese flavor (there was non detectable), but perhaps they would've overpowered the lox? I had the romaine and gorgonzola salad. Very tasty, although the chicken pieces were a wee bit too large (to indicate that they came straight from a "real" chicken and weren't processed) and slightly overcooked. My partner had the swordfish sandwich w/ a side of fries and salad (they allow you to do half fries/half salad, which is a nice touch). He thought the sandwich was great (so much so that he ate all of it, not leaving any for me.... ::sniff, sniff::). The fries were nicely seasoned; I wish they had been more consistently crispy, though.
Our friends suggested that we all eat brunch together the next day, and one of them is a vegetarian. Since we were a party of 6, that ruled out La Super Rica (darn). We went to Downtown location of Jeannie's Bakery (my partner and I had walked by the Montecito branch the previous day). Thought the lobster benedict and the banana/kahlua french toast were excellent. My asparagus/goat cheese/spinach omelette was a little bland. Polite (almost scarily so) service and lovely seating in the patio/alleyway compensated for the omelette, though.
Hoping I can make the drive up again to try some of the recommendations above!
La Super Rica
622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103