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Brunch on way to Santa Ynez wine tasting recs.?

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Need some advice. We will be heading up to SY for a day of wine tasting. We were thinking of stopping for brunch in Santa Barbara. Then we thought, we never have been to Cold Spring Tavern, maybe we should stop there instead. In SB we were thinking of either Stella Mare's, Tupelo Junction or Cajun Kitchen. Any advice?

For dinner, we have been to Trattoria Grappolo and we like it. Should we try Red Barn, instead?
Thank you!

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Cold Spring Tavern
5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Tupelo Junction Cafe
1218 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Red Barn
8544 Highway 49, Sonora, CA 95370

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

Trattoria Grappolo
3687 Sagunto St. #C, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

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  1. There are good choices now in Solvang as well, but Cold Springs Tavern is such a wonderful stop I would go there if you are on the way. I would put Grappolo on the top of the list, but right under the really incredible Ballard Inn Restaurant which is down the road a bit from Los Olivos.

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    The Ballard Inn & Restaurant
    2436 Baseline Ave, Solvang, CA 93463

    Grappolo
    3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

    1. RED BARN! It isn't as foo-foo as Grappolo, but the classic food will make you glad you went. Steaks- blue cheese dressing- roasted garlic- EXCLEENT CHEESECAKE- good cocktails- make this Valley staple worth checking out!

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      Grappolo
      3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

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      1. re: OldJalamaMama

        What community is Red Barn in? The one shown to the right is in Sonora (which I don't think is right).

        1. re: Stephanie Wong

          The Red Barn is on the corner of Sagunto and Edison in Santa Ynez. 2 weeks ago we sat on the covered patio- enjoying the warm gorgeous weather...cheeseburger & a cold Blue Moon- heaven!

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          Red Barn
          8544 Highway 49, Sonora, CA 95370

          Blue Moon Cafe
          19985 State Highway 88 Ste 5, Pine Grove, CA 95665

          1. re: OldJalamaMama

            Thanks! We have family in Santa Maria and I'm compiling a list of interesting eateries for myself (Adding the correct link to Red Barn Steak House; don't know how to remove the incorrect one in the list to the right.).

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            Red Barn Steak House
            3539 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460

      2. My vote would be Stella Mare's. Lovely setting and terrific brunch items. If you like mussels you have to order the moules frites. I could bathe in the broth!

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