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Hello:

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).

Thanks!

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  1. Eat at Super Rica before you drive back.

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    1. re: Ideefixed

      its La Super Rica and its on Milpas I second this recomendation

      1. re: sdv231

        A third vote for Julia Child's favorite La Super Rica and know it is cash only and there will be a line out the door. Hours: Mon-Tue, Thu, Sun 11 am - 9 pm and Fri-Sat 11 am - 9:30 pm Closed Wednesdays
        622 N Milpas St
        Santa Barbara, CA 93103

    2. Brophy Brothers at the harbor in Santa Barbara if its fresh seafood you crave. Very casual and reasonably priced. Very good too.

      http://www.brophybros.com

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      Brophy Brothers
      1559 Spinnaker Dr, San Buenaventura (Ventura, CA 93001

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      1. re: Baron

        On a pleasant day, it's hard to do better than Brophy Bros. Good food, *and* an ocean view: a combination nearly impossible to find in the L.A. area, as strange as that sounds.

      2. 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...

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        Stella Mare's
        50 Los Patos Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93108

        1. Thank you all for the recs! I'll let you know what we chose and how it turned out.

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          1. re: ilysla

            Local reviews for Brophy Bros indicates a recent downturn - have not been there myself, but you may want to check them out on SantaBarbaraDining.com http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/re...

          2. 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!

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            La Super Rica
            622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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            1. re: ilysla

              Montecito Cafe is a pleasant choice, Thanks for the reminder. There is also a branch now downtown next to the Arlington Theater on State Street that has many of the same menu items, named "Jane": http://www.santabarbara.com/dining/re...

            2. No more than $25 each... Santa Barbara Brewing.