Santa Barabara recs
Getting away for four days and three nights. Already have Cold Spring Tavern and return trips to La Super Rica and Stella Mare's on the itinerary. Anyone have favorites they can share? Comfortable yet unpretentious preferred, holes-in-the-wall that combine value/quality are especially solicited. Thank you.
Via Maestra 42 - N. italian plus deli - Upper State
Petit Valentin - French bistro - La Arcada
SBCC Culinary Arts Dept Gourmet Dining Room - Thurs/Fri nights only - Mesa
Brummi's - German - San Roque
Sushi Teri - Japanese - various locations
Crocodile - American eclectic - Upper State
Las Aves - Mexican, but with more solid refinement - Cottage Hospital area
Red Pepper - Chinese, with hugs - Goleta
Saigon In and Out - downtown
Chuck's At the Harbor, or Upper State
In the Alley - Harbor
Mesa Cafe - solid comfort food - Mesa
Sakura - Japanese - Paseo Nuevo - fast food
Gianfranco's - Italian - Carpinteria
Renaulds - breakfast/lunch only - downtown or Las Positas/San Roque
Scarlett Begonia - breakfast, lunch/brunch - downtown
re: The Oracle
Renaud's also sells its baked products at close-by Gelson's Market in the same Upper State Street Loreto Shopping Center, in case the lines are too long at the Loreto Plaza cafe and you just have to have one of his perfection croissants. His is such a happy success story - imagine a restaurant that held itself to impossibly high standards, priced itself accordingly and soon expanded to two retail shops, and now wholesale as well. Formidiable, Renaud.
On Milpas- my favorites are El Bajio (100 block) and Las Agaves (400 or 500 block)- Las Agaves being scrumptious.
Brophy Brothers, Sushi A Go-Go and SBShellfish in the harbor/wharf area. Have never been to the BoatHouse- but it get good marks, after a solid year of thumbs down from friends.
In Goleta- my favorite is El Sitio (Fairview and Hollister- behind Taco Bell/ MickeyD's)- the best rajas tacos ever!
If you are willing- check out Isla Vista- here is a link that may help!
re: The Oracle
for me- El Bajio is all about fluffy tamales, stuffed gorditas and perfectly toasty tortas. the aqua frescas are second to NONE. The beans are also perfect-and done like I have never had them- whole bean and , if I may say- WATERY. I love to tell people I would kick over the trash can and eat off it, it is so clean.