Monthly Archives: March 2013

FUNKZONE.COM

In the last 5 years Santa Barbara’s seaside “Funk Zone” of artists, galleries, restaurants, wineries and assorted businesses has become one of the fastest growing areas of the South Coast. New wine tasting rooms seem to arrive every few months … Continue reading

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ICE CREAM IRONY

I did a survey of the cost of a single scoop of ice cream (not including gelato) at dessert destinations in Santa Barbara. At each store the price of ice cream in a cup or on a sugar cone is … Continue reading

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SWEET SURPRISE

At the risk of revealing TMI, I can say I never cared much for Quaker Oats steel-cut, home-cooked oatmeal. To me it tastes like wet cardboard just out of a blender. The Restaurant Gal is a big fan of it … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of local food and drink destinations that have closed in the last year: March 2013: none February 2013: La Carreta Mexican Seafood, 290 Storke Rd., Goleta January 2013: Los Gallos, 2009 De la Vina St.; Meat … Continue reading

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YOGURTLAND OPENS

Yogurtland opened today at 5880 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Blockbuster. Tonight they close at 7:00 p.m. then switch to their regular hours: 11 a.m. -10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday … Continue reading

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CHOCOLATE DE VINE

On March 30th 7:00 p.m. the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center’s annual Chocolate de Vine fundraiser will be held at the Santa Barbara Woman’s Club, 670 Mission Canyon Road. Here is a press-release about it: Put on your cocktail attire … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Life Lesson #62: keep your expensive clothes in a garment bag even if they are just hanging in your closet. Last weekend I discovered that a wool-loving carpet beetle found its way in to my closet and chewed holes in … Continue reading

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FLOATING ISLANDS

This just in from James Sly of Sly’s Restaurant, 686 Linden Ave, Carpinteria: John, In celebration of the reopening of the El Encanto this week, Sly’s will be serving the famous “Floating Islands” just like I used to make when … Continue reading

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RUMOR MACHINE

In early January 2007, two weeks after I started this column, I met The Restaurant Gal while dining at a hole-in-the wall in Santa Monica. Last May I finally proposed, we were married in July and she moved from down … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you have any suggestions please leave a message in the blog. John, Was hoping you could poll the readers. Is there any place in Santa Barbara to get homemade Chicken Pot Pies other than Harry’s? Thanks Danny

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ATTACK OF THE KILLER SHRIMP

I can exclusively report to you that Killer Shrimp Restaurant and Bar, located next to the Marina Del Rey harbor in southern California for more than two decades, will be invading the South Coast this June at 416 State Street … Continue reading

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YOGURTLAND IN GOLETA OPENS NEXT WEEK

Owners Eui and Amanda Oh tell me that the popular dessert destination Yogurtland will open their second location at 5880 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Blockbuster, sometime between March 25-27. Hours will be 11 a.m. -10 p.m. … Continue reading

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DAILY GRIND UPDATE

The Daily Grind at 2001 De La Vina Street started accepting credit and debit cards on March 1st. Speaking of the Daily Grind I am told that their second location at 2912 De La Vina Street (formerly Taco Bell) is … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you have any suggestions for reader DN please leave a message in the blog. Hi John- My husband has been in search of a restaurant in the Santa Barbara area that serves pork belly. Can you please ask your … Continue reading

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TOMA UPDATE

Toma Restaurant & Bar, coming to 324 West Cabrillo Boulevard (formerly Emilio’s), is scheduled to open April 10. The food will focus on Italian Mediterranean inspired dishes using ingredients from local farms & fisherman. The menu will also bring back … Continue reading

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OFF THE RADAR

Over the weekend I noticed that the “coming soon” sign for Fresh & Easy, 5955 Calle Real, Goleta (formerly SB Motor Sports) is no longer being displayed. Given that the CEO of the grocery chain stated that he might close … Continue reading

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EL ENCANTO OPENS

Seven years in the making and rebuilt from the ground up at a cost of $134 million, the El Encanto hotel at 800 Alvarado Place on the Riviera reopened today. The hotel has several eating areas including the dining room, … Continue reading

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JUICE RANCH OPENS

Juice Ranch has opened 33 Parker Way, just around the corner from the Santa Barbara Roasting Company. Here is their press release: COLD-PRESSED 100% ORGANIC JUICE! Our goal is to provide the community with the best crafted, cold-pressed, 100% organic … Continue reading

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SEVEN BAR & KITCHEN

Reader Kay Lee was asking about Seven Bar & Kitchen in the Funk Zone. I have never heard of them so I looked at their Facebook page and it appears they have the same address (224 Helena St) as The … Continue reading

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AND THE WINNER IS

A panel of judges decided that the winner of the menudo cook-off at the first annual Menudo Festival held March 10th at Franklin Elementary School is Taqueria El Bajio at 129 N. Milpas Street.

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SAMA SAMA COMES TO STATE STREET

A new Indonesian eatery named Sama Sama Kitchen opens Tuesday March 19th at 1208 State Street, the former home of East restaurant. I am told that the food is Indonesian-inspired and that they are sourcing from local farms and markets. … Continue reading

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HOFFMAN’S OPENS

Readers tell me that German eatery Hoffman’s Brats has opened at 801 State Street, the former home of Snack Shack and Rocks.

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of food & drink destinations that have opened in the last year: March 2013: Georgia’s Smokehouse food truck, georgias-smokehouse.com; Hoffman’s Brats, 801 State St.; Sama Sama Kitchen, 1208 State St. February 2013: Chick-fil-A, 3707 State St.; … Continue reading

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CHOMP OPENS IN SOLVANG

Reader Karlene tells me that Chomp Burgers, Fries and Shakes has opened in Solvang at the corner of Mission and Alisal, where the mermaid fountain is, and in the former home of Manny’s Restaurant. She tells me that the eatery … Continue reading

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PIZZA GURU UPDATE

Reader Chris let me know that there is a sign in the front of Pizza Guru, 3534 State Street, indicating that they have temporarily suspended sales of alcohol.

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TINKER’S UPDATE

Sources tell me that Tinker’s at 2275 Ortega Hill Road in Summerland is now serving BBQ on Mondays from 12-4 p.m. The offerings include tri-tip, tri-tip sandwiches, ribs, dinosaur-sized beef ribs, chili beans, and some of the typical BBQ sides.

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“ANACAPA PROJECT” OPENING THIS SUMMER

In a few months Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone should officially complete its years-long transition into the “Fun Zone.” An entire block of E. Yanonali Street, between Helena Avenue and Anacapa Street, including a building at 131 Anacapa Street, formerly-known as … Continue reading

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MENUDO FESTIVAL UPDATE

This just in from the SBPD: Join us for our 1st annual Menudo Festival, supporting the Santa Barbara Police Youth Explorer Program. Sunday, March 10, 9am – 2pm, Franklin Elementary School, 1111 E. Mason Street Come participate in this fundraising … Continue reading

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PETRINI’S RECIPE CHALLENGE

This just in from Petrini’s restaurant at 5711 Calle Real in Goleta. They generously asked me to be a food judge but unfortunately the Restaurant Gal and I will be out of town March 20th. That day I have been … Continue reading

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TASTE OF SOLVANG

Presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau since 1993 with sponsorship support from the Santa Ynez Valley Hotel Association, “Taste of Solvang” begins Wednesday, March 13 through Sunday, March 17. The event features locally grown foods, wines and diverse … Continue reading

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