Monthly Archives: January 2013

OFF TOPIC

The Restaurant Guy is changing his name to “The Rest Guy” for at least the next week, perhaps longer. He’ll be on medical leave because of an injury that occurred over the weekend and won’t be updating the blog for … Continue reading

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SAGE & ONION OPENS IN GOLETA

This just in from owner Steven Giles: John, We are now OPEN at Sage & Onion Cafe… Monday -Saturday 8-5 We also offer a program called “From our Kitchen to Yours” fresh made daily meals ready to take home and … Continue reading

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THE CRYSTAL BALL

After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of locations appearing in your future: American Philly 14 E. Cota St. (formerly Little Cantina) Brasil Arts Café 1230 … Continue reading

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HOFFMAN’S

This just in from reader Mica: Hi John, I just walked by the old Snack Shack [at 801 State Street] and it looks like a German eatery has subleased it. Hoffmans Brats. Check it out. Mica

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JIM MCCOY DIES

Montecito Journal columnist Erin Graffy has posted on Facebook that longtime McConnell’s Ice Cream owner Jim McCoy has died. McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams was founded in 1949 by Gordon F. “Mac” and Ernesteen McConnell, in Santa Barbara. In 1962, with … Continue reading

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EL ENCANTO NAMES CHEF

This just in from the El Encanto hotel which is planning to reopen in March: EL ENCANTO NAMES EXECUTIVE CHEF PATRICE MARTINEAU Highly Anticipated Opening Will Unveil a Culinary Icon on the West Coast SANTA BARBARA, CA (January 9, 2013) … Continue reading

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ELADIO’S UPDATE

Eladio’s Restaurant at 1 State Street is closed for renovation until January 25th. Thanks to reader Rob for the tip!

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EMELIO’S UPDATE

Emilio’s Restaurant at 324 W. Cabrillo Boulevard closed April 2012. The official word is that it is a remodel though reliable sources say otherwise. Time will tell. I took this photo today to see how things are coming along.

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CINCO ESTRELLAS OPENS

A little Honduran restaurant, “Cinco Estrellas,” has opened at 316 N. Milpas Street, across from the old Scolari’s. The restaurant is hidden away behind Milpas Liquor and the House of Laundry.  It is not on the street so interested diners … Continue reading

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CORRECTION

Early I posted that Altamirano’s at 422 N. Milpas Street had closed. That was incorrect. They were closed for renovations and have since reopened.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Reader Sandy is looking for a place that does NOT have a special Valentine’s Day menu on February 14th. If you have any suggestions please leave a comment. Dear John, I’m as much a fan of Valentine’s day as the … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of local food & drink destinations that have closed in the last year: December 2012: Little Cantina, 14 E. Cota St.; Open Cup, 728 State St.; Sizzler Restaurant, 5555 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Whodelicious, 811 State St. … Continue reading

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ZIA CAFE UPDATE

Zia Café closed at 532 State St. in early 2011. Reader Mike tells me that he spoke with a guy working on the old Zia and was told that a new place will be opening there soon but the owner … Continue reading

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AMERICAN PHILLY COMING TO COTA

Rumor has it that owners of the recently-opened and recently-closed Little Cantina at 14 E. Cota Street are going to launch new concept in March called American Philly. Their web site is americanphilly.com

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LITTLE CANTINA UPDATE

Several readers tell me that Little Cantina, which opened at 14 E. Cota Street in late November, closed on December 30th. I am told there is a closed sign on the door, that their web site is down and that all … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of food & drink destinations that have opened in the last year: December 2012: Anchor Woodfire Kitchen, 119 State St.; iGrill Korean, BBQ 3132 State St.; Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, 1024 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; XO Coffee … Continue reading

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ANCHOR WOODFIRE KITCHEN OPENS

Chef Jason Tuley has announced the opening of Anchor Woodfire Kitchen at 119 State Street. After successful restaurant openings in Los Angeles, San Francisco & Santa Barbara, Chef Tuley, has created the opportunity to provide properly crafted wood fire dishes. … Continue reading

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