Reader Jessica asked me for a total count of the number of restaurants on the South Coast. You might think that The Restaurant Guy would know this but I actually had no clue so I took it upon myself to find out.
I quickly realized that this project will result in some hate-mail because coming up with an answer requires me to define what a “restaurant” is, and what the “South Coast” is, which will result in the exclusion of some businesses in our all-inclusive society. Get your tar and feathers ready.
I started with the total number of food and drink businesses listed in the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide which covers the region from Carpinteria to Goleta with a smattering of Santa Ynez. I then subtracted out smoothie shops, juice shops, food trucks, food carts, dessert destinations, bakeries that don’t offer made-to-order lunch items, coffee shops that don’t offer made-to-order lunch items, markets that don’t have a deli/taqueria, and any business in Santa Ynez Valley.
The magic number? 529.