Monthly Archives: September 2011

OKTOBERFEST

This just in from Pete Johnson of the Brewhouse at 229 W. Montecito St.: It’s back! The Brewhouse is once again hosting Santa Barbara’s only authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Friday October 7th and Saturday October 8th , the Brewhouse parking lot … Continue reading

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FAT MO

Reader Glenn tells me that “Fat Mo’s Burgers and Car Wash” has opened at 6558 Pardall Rd in Isla Vista, replacing Flaming Grill.

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TINSELTOWN

I received this email yesterday. It appears that the Hollywood Reporter is taking an interest in the Santa Barbara restaurant scene. Good morning, My name is Richard Manirath, from the Hollywood Reporter’s Photography Department. I saw some images of Cadiz … Continue reading

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NEW IN CARPINTERIA

Three Mexican eateries opened in Carpinteria during the last year and all managed to fly under my radar until last weekend. They are: City Market Tacos to Go 5292 Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria, (805) 684-5737, Mon-Thu 9am-8pm, Fri-Sun 8am-8pm Don Roge … Continue reading

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NOT-SO-NEW IN CARPINTERIA

I launched the SantaBarbara.com Restaurant Guide way back in 1996. That same year Beach Liquor Tacos to Go opened at 794 Linden Ave in Carpinteria. I finally added them to the guide today.

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SUBLIME

A public notice of application to sell alcoholic beverages has been posted at 901 N. Milpas St., more commonly known as the building with a cow. The notice says the business name is “Sublime” and that it will be an … Continue reading

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HANDLEBAR COFFEE UPDATE

I stopped by the future home of Handlebar Coffee today at 128 E. Canon Perdido St. The owners tell me that their business should open in a few weeks.

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NORDSTROM EBAR

Sources tell me that Nordstrom in Paseo Nuevo mall will be launching an “eBar” in November, offering a variety of quick-fix snacks and a hot bar drink list. It will be located next to the Canon Perdido St. entrance to … Continue reading

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THEN & NOW

Before IHOP moved into 1701 State St. a restaurant named J.K. Frimples occupied that address. Before J.K. Frimples came along, a restaurant named Blue Onion called 1701 State St. home, back in the 1950′s & 60′s. Reader Don has scanned … Continue reading

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CONDIMENT CONUNDRUM

A few months ago a friend told me that serving anything other than name-brand ketchup to guests is a social faux pas. For example, if I have a BBQ for a group of friends and serve Heinz ketchup or Del … Continue reading

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LA CUMBRE PLAZA UPDATE

I am receiving word that there is new construction activity at the future homes of Panera Bread and Backyard Bowls in La Cumbre Plaza.

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MARIO ON THE MOVE

Vegan Mario is no longer serving food at the commissary/commercial kitchen Events Unlimited (205 Santa Barbara St) and will open it’s own, dedicate location in Ojai. I sent an email to owner Amanda inquiring about a message on her web … Continue reading

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RENAUD’S OPENS AT GELSON’S

An outlet for Renaud’s Bakery has opened for business inside Gelson’s Market on Upper State St., taking over duties previously performed by Jeannine’s Bakery.

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CAFE LUCK UPDATE

Here is a message from Cafe Luck about this week’s closure of the restaurant: Dear John, We have had ample time to observe the downtown market and more specifically, Cota Street. Mr. Montesano has decided to discontinue the “Cafe Luck” … Continue reading

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GIVE PEAS A CHANCE

I am told that the Wednesday Farmers Market at Harding School (1625 Robbins St. on the West Side) is seriously low in attendance. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to help save the Wednesday Farmers Market and … Continue reading

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CAFE LUCK CLOSES

Cafe Luck, which opened at 18 E. Cota St in September, 2008, served their final meal last night. I am told that owner Gene Montesano may open a different restaurant at that address in the future. An official statement from … Continue reading

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THIS TAKES THE CAKE

I received pictures of a cake and cupcake masterpiece made by Santa Barbara’s Robyn Loves Cake (robynlovescake.com) for a “Mad Scientist” birthday party recently.

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805 TURNS 5

Owner Todd Pazier tells me that The 805 Deli has turned 5 years old. To thank their dedicated followers for this great run The 805 Deli has been offering $5 specials throughout the month of September.  Here are some special … Continue reading

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SANTA BARBARA VS. NAPA

Jon McDaniel, Wine Director of the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Café located at 2879 Grand Avenue in downtown Los Olivos in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, has announced the first-ever Santa Barbara vs. Napa Valley “Blind” Wine … Continue reading

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THE SCARLETT BEGONIA BLOOMS

Victoria Court has a new café at 11 W. Victoria St, suite 10, the former home of Cafe Bianco, which is next door to the popular Paris Street Boutique. Scarlett Begonia opened last week and serves Modern American cuisine (with … Continue reading

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NUTBELLY OPENS

A new restaurant named Nutbelly Pizzeria & Deli has opened at 915 Linden Ave in Carpinteria, the former home for Chamomile Cafe. The eatery, owned by Joaquin and Janna Gonzalez, serves sandwiches and pizzas on homemade bread and dough. Hours … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

Here are photos from the Solstice Parade fundraiser at Pascucci Restaurant where “The Three Johns” were recruited to be bartenders.

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SIZZLER LEAVING GOLETA?

The Radius Group has just published a listing that says 5555 Hollister Ave in Goleta, the current home of Sizzler, is available for lease in 30 – 60 days.

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WAHOO’S COMING TO UCSB

Wahoo’s Fish Taco co-founder Wing Lam has signed a deal to open a location at UC Santa Barbara. The restaurant, that will be replacing Chilitos inside the UCen, hopes to open by next school quarter. Thanks to reader Jonathon for … Continue reading

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NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added Rudy’s on Calle Real in Goleta to the restaurant guide. Last month Rudy’s on Calle Real in Goleta closed because they had out grown their space. Last week Rudy’s reopened at a much larger location just down … Continue reading

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PHOTO BLOG

September 11, 2011 – Here are pictures from the 30th annual Taste of the Town fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation.

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SOLSTICE FUNDRAISER

“The Three Johns” will be bartending at Pascucci restaurant 729 State St. this Wednesday evening September 14th. 100% of proceeds from the bar area of the restaurant will go to the Solstice Parade. John Palminteri, John Dixon (Tri County Produce) … Continue reading

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SHOCKER

Gourmet curry truck Culture Shock has permanently departed Santa Barbara and now serves its popular Sri Lankan cuisine to hungry diners in San Francisco.

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FLATBREAD SUNDAY

Wine Cask Intermezzo at 813 Anacapa St. is hosting “Sunday Funday Flatbread” on Sunday, September 25th, 5 – 7pm, a tribute to this culinary creation, where guests can come make their own flatbread masterpieces and sip local wines. Chef Brandon … Continue reading

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