My old stomping ground - Santa Barbara
I lived in Santa Barbara in the 80s and will be spending a couple days there and really want to eat at some of my old haunts. Let me know what is still alive and kicking - breakfast lunch or dinner any kind of food. I used to love Sojourner Cafe, the Palace, Andria's Seafood, Chase Grill, Rose's Cafe, Cajun Kitchen, Playa Azul and of course La Super Rica will be on the list.
Only Andria's is gone, the rest are alive and kicking. Plus many surprising newcomers and a town far more polished to be a visual jewel than you probably remember.
Welcome back and enjoy your time -- yes, you can still get the Conehead Special at Sojourners. But right next door is a stunning newcomer Julienne to try as well.
Others worthy to try are Scarlett Begonia in the middle of Victoria Court, Sama Sama (Indonesian fusion) under the Granada Theater, Renaud's French Bakery across from the Arlington Theater, browse the choices in La Arcada Courtyard ..... and, and...and. And lots of new and worthy options in the Loreto Plaza area of Upper State Street too.
Well, the Palace became our favorite SB resto, without either of us knowing about the Reagan-era fame it apparently has.
We just came to know it as a place with incredibly attentive, team-based service along with excellent quality, incredibly delish food.
I love, love, love the soft shell crabs they have in season (just about now, I believe!!) and blackened redfish. Of course, you fill up on those tasty little muffins they serve while you're waiting.
re: GK in SO
Others opened restaurants right around the Palace trying to capture its long waiting list lines because I was the big draw in this part of town.
Looking forward to your report because I suspect you will be amazed how much our sleepy little town has changed since you were last here in the 80's - gulp thirty years ago! Mostly for the better, but then some not so. Good often attracts the bad too.