Monthly Archives: February 2013

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER

Each year I publish the names of restaurants open on Thanksgiving and Christmas. I don’t maintain list of eateries that plan a special Valentine’s Day meal. If your restaurant is scheduled to have Valentine’s Day menu, please post details for … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

See if you can help reader Karen find buckwheat pancakes at a local restaurant: Hi John, My husband is in search of buckwheat pancakes (not crepes) in Santa Barbara or Goleta.  Any ideas?  He had them on a bike trip … Continue reading

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LOS GALLOS UPDATE

Reader Ed writes about Los Gallos at 2009 De La Vina Street: Hi John, There’s a sign in the window saying the restaurant is “closed for renovations” and reopening date is not set. Have you heard anything else? Hope they … Continue reading

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CHICK-FIL-A OPENS UPTOWN

Burger King at 3707 State Street was dethroned last July and fast-food chain Chick-fil-A opened at that address today. Chick-fil-A is the nation’s second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain with more than $3.58 billion in sales in 2010. The eatery … Continue reading

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DISHCRAWL

A periodic food event named Dishcrawl has begun touring the South Coast. At Dishcrawl’s events ticket-holders visit four restaurants in one night, sampling each restaurant’s specialties and meeting the chefs or owners. It’s like a pub crawl but with food … Continue reading

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GENUINE BREAD COMPANY

Owners Jeff Appareti, Andrew Elia and Geoff Jensen have launched the Genuine Bread Company with a tag line of “Bread Worth Breaking.” The products can be currently found at C’est Cheese, Goodland Kitchen and other places across the South Coast.

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ISABELLA GOURMET FOODS

Reader Steve tells me that Isabella’s Gourmet Foods, a boutique artisinal grocery, is coming to 5 E. Figueroa Street (in La Arcada Court). Here is a description from their web site: “Isabella Gourmet Foods is Santa Barbara’s whimsical answer to … Continue reading

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NEW MANAGEMENT

This just in from reader Brian: Hi John, I’m not sure if you’re aware, but I stopped by New China restaurant [at 5764 Hollister Avenue] in old town Goleta expecting to get some Chinese food on my lunch break and … Continue reading

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GLUTEN FREE

Marsha Matanick, manager at vegan restaurant Adama, 428 Chapala Street, tells me that the eatery is now completely gluten free.

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GEORGIA’S SMOKEHOUSE

At the end of February local chef Brian Parks, formerly of Coast restaurant, launches a new food truck named “Georgia’s Smokehouse,” based at 3400 Calle Real in Goleta. I am told they specialize in Southern Smokehouse BBQ and American Comfort … Continue reading

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SPEAKING OF FOOD TRUCKS

A new food truck named “Sam Choy’s Pineapple Express” has rolled into the South Coast. Here is a message from their web site: “Aloha, mainlanders! Welcome to Sam Choy’s Pineapple Express, the first rolling restaurants to bring the food of … Continue reading

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ELADIO’S REOPENS

After a month of renovation Eladio’s restaurant has reopened at 1 State Street. For more information call 963-4466.

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THE BOURBON ROOM

This just in from readers Krista and Tony in Goleta: Hi John, Hope you’re recovering well. The last blog post has become too clogged with well wishes ( a good thing) so any new news gets lost. When you’re feeling … Continue reading

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