Monthly Archives: June 2012

NEW IN THE GUIDE

Today I added Fresh & Easy Market that opened earlier this month at 336 N Milpas St.

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COFFEE CLOSURE

Reader Mercedes tells me that South Pacific Coffee at 7398 Calle Real, Goleta has closed. They opened in September 2009.

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FOIE GRAS

This just in from Miró restaurant at Bacara Resort: Foie Gras Grand Finale at Miró Restaurant at Bacara Resort & Spa Santa Barbara, CA. June 25, 2012 – With less than a week left to savor foie gras before it … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

I am still on vacation in northern California. Here is a picture I took of Mt. Shasta, a few miles from the lake where I am staying. On a side note, I heard that The Restaurant Guy’s home of 5 … Continue reading

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VIBRANT EARTH JUICES

Word on the street is that Santa Barbara-based nutritionist Jill Latham, owner of Vibrant Earth Juices, will open a local retail location on July 2nd somewhere on the South Coast. For more information visit vibrantearthjuices.com.

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ITSUKI TO REPLACE BAJA FRESH

Last week I posted a rumor that Itsuki Japanese Restaurant may replace the recently-closed Baja Fresh at 7127 Hollister Ave in Goleta. Reader Stigand spotted a new sign now on display at that address confirming the rumor.

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EUREKA BURGER UPDATE

Reader Steve tells me that Eureka Burger, coming to Paseo Nuevo in the old Ruby’s Diner location next to California Pizza Kitchen, has a new sign on display indicating that the eatery will “open late summer 2012.”

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FRENCH FESTIVAL RETURNS

Steve Hoegerman, founder of the Santa Barbara French Festival which was canceled last year for the first time in more than 2 decades, tells me his annual event is back this year Saturday July 14 and 15, 11:00 a.m. to … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

I am away on yet another vacation but this time it doesn’t involve sightseeing. I am on a mission – to continue a tradition. Five friends from Santa Barbara (myself included) go on vacation in northern California every 5 years … Continue reading

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PIZZA MIZZA UPDATE

I just received this press release about a CALM fundraiser at Pizza Mizza 140 S. Hope Ave: Pizza and Play for a Purpose for CALM Santa Barbara, CA. June, 2012 – What’s better than indulging in a hot-from-the-oven pizza? Giving … Continue reading

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SCARLETT BEGONIA UPDATE

Owner Crista sent me an update about Scarlett Begonia at 11 W. Victoria St.: Hi John, Scarlett Begonia is now offering a seasonal tasting menu every Sunday.  The menu changes every week and it is amazing. I don’t take reservations, … Continue reading

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BLUE OWL CAFE UPDATE

Owner Cindy sent me a message about the new Blue Owl Cafe at 5 W. Canon Perdido St.: Hey John, I wanted to let you know that I’ve opened. 11 am til 3 pm and very soon to open at … Continue reading

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UPTOWN WINE HOUND?

This just in from reader Sam: Howdy, I noticed yesterday morning an ABC notice in the vacant space next to the new Chipotle at La Cumbre Plaza that was for “The Wine Hound”. Not sure if they are relocating or … Continue reading

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NIKKA FISH & GRILL COMING TO GOLETA

Readers Stigand and Ted tell me that “Nikka Fish and Grill” is coming to 5722 Calle Real, Goleta, the former location of Jungle George Grill which closed last March.

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ANGRY WINGS

Reader Chris tells me that a restaurant named “Angry Wings” will be replacing Chino’s Rock & Tacos at 6530 Pardall Rd, Isla Vista. Here is a message from Chris: There is a new restaurant moving into this location, and it … Continue reading

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FRESH & EASY OPENS

As first predicted in this column on February 12, 2010, Fresh & Easy Market has opened at 336 N. Milpas St. Expect endless name confusion if Fresh Market opens at 222 N. Milpas St (currently Scolari’s).

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BAJA FRESH UPDATE

Commenters on Edhat.com have been speculating about what business will replace Baja Fresh at 7127 Hollister Ave in Goleta. One commenter is 100% certain that it will be Itsuki Sushi restaurant’s new location. No other Edhat commenters have confirmed that as … Continue reading

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EMILIO’S UPDATE

I called Emilio’s restaurant today at 324 W. Cabrillo Blvd and noticed that their voice mail message has been updated: Hello and thank you for calling Emilio’s restaurant. We are still in the process of remodeling and have run into … Continue reading

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FRESH MARKET UPDATE

On May 8th I wrote that Fresh Market might replace Scolari’s at 222 N. Milpas St. Reader James says that information on Fresh Market’s web site indicates they are opening a location in Santa Barbara: Hi, Looks like the Fresh … Continue reading

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HIDDEN DOLPHIN

Reader Mike tells me that The Hidden Dolphin has reopened at (217?) Anacapa St: Hi John…hope that you’re having a nice vacation. Someone has to do your job while you’re away so thought I’d let you know of a new … Continue reading

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VICTORIA STREET UPDATE

This just in from reader Jim. I wonder if this is the future home of Ca’Dario Pizzeria that I mentioned last year? John – I saw a sign as I was driving (on E. Victoria right between Members Only Barber … Continue reading

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CAFE BLU OPENS

Kelly Brown, owner of Kahuna Grill, Natural Café and New Baja Grill has opened the organic the fair-trade Café Blu coffee house at 506 State St, next door to Natural Café.

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BLUE OWL CAFE OPENS

The Blue Owl Cafe opened on May 29th at 5 W. Canon Perdido St., the former home of Bitterman’s Deli.

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CIELITO OPEN FOR LUNCH

This just in from Cielito restaurant at 1114 State St. Previously only the taqueria was open during the lunch hour. Santa Barbara, CA. June, 2012  – Cielito invites you to join them for Lunch from 11:00am – 2:30pm, every Monday … Continue reading

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CAFE BLU

Reader Steve says that Cafe Blu Coffee House just opened next to the Natural Cafe on lower State St.

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OFF TOPIC

I am near the end of a national park tour. Here are pictures of Natural Bridge at Bryce Canyon, Angel’s Landing (where I hiked to the top) at Zion Canyon and Angel’s Window at the Grand Canyon.

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FRENCH PRESS OPENING SECOND LOCATION

Today I spoke with popular coffee shop French Press at 1101 State St. and was told that they are opening a second location at the corner of Anacapa St. and Cota St.

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OFF TOPIC

I am going on a series of vacations this summer. Starting this Saturday June 2nd I’ll be away for 10 days doing a national park tour in Arizona (Grand Canyon), Utah (Zion/Bryce) and Nevada (Lake Mead/Hoover Dam) with my friend … Continue reading

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CIAO CHINO’S?

This just in from reader Nancy. I called their phone number and it is disconnected. I was so bummed last night to discover that Chino’s Rock & Tacos (6530 Pardall Rd) appears to be completely gone! Brown paper over the … Continue reading

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GLUTEN FREE

Here is a press-release I just received from Simply Pies 5392 Hollister Ave in Goleta: Simply Pies is proud to announce that it has received gluten-free certification from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), the leading gluten-free certification program in the world. While … Continue reading

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