Monthly Archives: December 2010

UNTIL THEN…

Because SantaBarbara.com’s “Best Of” survey department has a staff of exactly one (The Restaurant Guy) I’ll be busy tabulating thousands of poll results all next week and probably won’t be updating this blog. That doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about … Continue reading

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“THE CAFE” COMING TO LA ARCADA

This just in from reader John: Hi John, The restaurant site where Los Agaves was going to open up in La Arcada now has a liquor transfer license posted (double transfer, whatever that means). The new place is going to … Continue reading

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DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Today is the last chance to vote for your favorite restaurants in the annual “Best Of” poll. The results will be displayed in the restaurant guide throughout 2011. Have a great New Years eve!

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MYSTERY

I have been receiving messages from readers that Zia Cafe at 532 State St. has been dark for weeks. I called the eatery yesterday and the phone number is no longer in service. Last night I paid a visit to Zia Cafe and they … Continue reading

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NEW YEARS AT THE SAVOY

 This just in from The Savoy at 409 State St.: Hi John, I wanted to let your readers know about the special night we have in plan for those that would like to spend their New Year’s Eve with us at … Continue reading

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NEW YEARS AT “AIR CANARY”

  This just in from the Canary Hotel 31 West Carrillo St.: Santa Barbara, CA – Attention New Year’s Eve party jet setters… the captain has turned off the “fasten seatbelt” sign, and you are now free to move about … Continue reading

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2010 YEAR IN REVIEW

My foodie duties for the year wouldn’t be complete without summarizing activity at food & drink destinations on the South Coast: In 2010 there were 40 openings and 37 closures of food-related businesses (with walk-in storefronts). When compared to the … Continue reading

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OPENINGS

Here is a complete list of local food & drink destinations that opened in 2010: December 2010: Sunnyside Market & Deli 436 E. Gutierrez St November 2010: Backyard Bowls 5668 Calle Real, Goleta; Cafe Zoma 7127 Hollister Ave, Goleta; Chipotle … Continue reading

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CLOSINGS

Here is a complete list of local food & drink destinations that closed in 2010: December 2010: Beach Grill at Padaro 3765 Santa Claus Ln, Carpinteria; Chino’s Rock & Tacos 714 State St; Miss Saigon Grill and Lounge 424 State … Continue reading

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EOS UPDATE

This just in from EOS Lounge, 500 Anacapa St: Friends of Eos Lounge, an Announcement: Indeed our license was suspended for 10 days due to an oversight that amounted to a minor on premise in April and we will be … Continue reading

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SCAVENGER HUNT

I received this press release about an event being put on tomorrow by Pizza Mizza: Pizza Mizza is hosting a day long scavenger hunt around the city of Santa Barbara. We’ll be hiding 5 $100 Pizza Mizza Gift Cards in … Continue reading

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SANTA STATS

Here are statistics from the Santa Claus call center that was in operation all last week. For the third year in a row the most-requested toy from a boy was the Nintendo DS/DSi portable game player. The iPod Touch came … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

December 20-24, 2010 – Accidental Santa call center volunteer photo album .

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HASTA LA VISTA, BABY

Last fall I developed software to help stop prank phone calls from taking down the Accidental Santa call center. Up until this year these tele-scrooges were an ongoing headache for volunteers. I am happy to report that the little pranksters … Continue reading

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BEACH GRILL AT PADARO CLOSES

The Beach Grill at Padaro at 3765 Santa Claus Ln in Carpinteria has gone out of business. I received a tip in November about their pending year-end closure so I decided to stop by last night and saw that a … Continue reading

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EOS LIQUOR LICENSE SUSPENDED

Reader Justin tells me this morning that there is a new sign on the front door of EOS Lounge at 500 Anacapa St. that reads: “NOTICE OF SUSPENSION Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Issued for These Premises Have Been Suspended By Order … Continue reading

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PANORAMA OF THE DAY

I am having fun with my new Pano app for the iPhone. I took this panorama last night inside a very cozy Brophy Bros. at the harbor while enjoying a nice dinner of clam chowder, Mahi Mahi and an oyster … Continue reading

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LOS AGAVES NOT COMING TO LA ARCADA

On December 2nd signs appeared in La Arcada indicating that Los Agaves restaurant (600 N. Milpas St.) would soon open a new location there. I have confirmed that lease negotiations have ended at that Los Agaves will not be coming … Continue reading

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SPEAKING OF LOS AGAVES

I had dinner at Los Agaves (600 N. Milpas St.) last night and discovered their Salmon Tacos ($11.95) which now makes my top ten favorite dishes on the South Coast. The salmon taco meal was on the specials board and … Continue reading

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SANTA STATS

Our Santa Claus call center volunteer Cuca (a.k.a. “Cranberry the Elf”) kept some statistics about the names and states we received calls from during her volunteer session yeserday. Apparently the call center was featured in TV news broadcasts throughout Louisiana … Continue reading

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LOCAL RESTAURANT PATIOS TO BECOME DOG FRIENDLY

Dog lovers will be thrilled to know that you will soon be able to bring your beloved pet with you to outdoor patios at Santa Barbara County restaurants. Currently this is against the law though many people get around this … Continue reading

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FRESCO UPDATE

This just in from Jill Brouillard, founder of Fresco Cafe: Hey John, Just wanted to wish you a Happy Christmas! Mark and I will be back in town for 2011. We will be working closely with the Fresco restaurants in … Continue reading

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CRUSHCAKES & CAFE UPDATE

Earlier this year I announced that Crushcakes & Cafe at 1315 Anacapa St. is opening a new location at 4945 Carpinteria Ave in Carpinteria. They will be open daily from 8am until 6pm. Owner Shannon Noormand sent me the following … Continue reading

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“BEST OF” POLL

The 5th annual Santa Barbara restaurant survey is underway until December 31st. To vote for your favorite restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries visit SantaBarbara.com/survey. Poll results will be published in the restaurant guide in early January and will be displayed … Continue reading

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SANTA CENTER

The Accidental Santa call center opened yesterday. If you would like your children to speak to Santa or Mrs. Claus have them call 800-726-8222. SIMA Management Corporation will once again be providing a home for the call center at 1129 … Continue reading

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TURNING FOUR

The Restaurant Guy food news blog became 4 years old today. My restaurant guide had been online for more than 10 years at that point and I had never said a word to the public. I just kept plugging away, keeping the … Continue reading

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BABY BROPHY’S

Reliable sources tell me that Brophy Bros. at the Santa Barbara Harbor has taken over neighboring Minnow Cafe and plans to serve take-out meals including clam chowder, hamburgers and more. It is unclear what the name will be called. I … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

December 16, 2010 – SB Independent Holiday Party at El Paseo

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PHOTO BLOG

December 16, 2010 – SB Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added Kingston’s Candy Company at 3415 State St (upper State) to the Dessert section of the restaurant guide. They opened in October.

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