Monthly Archives: July 2013

I’LL TAKE 500 CASES OF WINE TO GO, PLEASE

Ken Boxer, owner of Palazzio restaurant at 1026 State Street, tells me that he has about 500 cases (six three liter boxes to a case) of Hardy’s Shiraz and Hardy’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 vintage cooking wine to get rid of.  … Continue reading

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BLUSH WINS

On Sunday, July 28th, Finch & Fork restaurant inside Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carrillo Street, hosted its first annual “Shuck ‘n Swallow” competition, sponsored by Santa Monica Seafood Company. Participants included Finch & Fork, Arlington Tavern, Blush, Brewhouse, Enterprise Fish … Continue reading

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KILLER SHRIMP OPENS

After a one week delay from the originally scheduled launch date, on July 27th the Marina del Rey eatery Killer Shrimp opened a second location in Santa Barbara at 416 State Street, the former home of Sharkeez. They have brought … Continue reading

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YET ANOTHER TACO BELL UPDATE

Even though Taco Bell‘s beloved Enchirito is now gone, apparently you can bring it back if you know the secret words. I am hearing that if a customer orders a Combo Burrito with extra, extra, extra red sauce, the local … Continue reading

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TACO BELL UPDATE

This just in from reader Foodie Dan: Hi John, I wanted to let you know that  Taco Bell is taking the Enchirito off the menu. This iconic item is going to the graveyard. Foodie Dan

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FESTIVALS

Last weekend I was one of 5 BBQ judges at the 4BSB festival at Elings Park. In the professional category Kaptains Firehouse BBQ (6545 Pardall Road, Isla Vista) won best chicken while Blazin Blue BBQ won best ribs. In the … Continue reading

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ELEPHANT BAR CLOSING

I called the Elephant Bar (521 Firestone Road, Goleta) today and they told me that they are closing August 18th. I asked what the reason was and the receptionist told me it was because the Elephant Bar could not agree … Continue reading

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FULL OF LIFE FLATBREAD COMING TO TOWN

Reader Steven let me know that Full of Life Flatbread, based in Los Alamos,  will be opening a second location downtown, next to the new Santa Barbara Public Market on Victoria Street at Chapala. Their menu is online.

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SPEAKING OF BREAD

The Crazy Good Bread company has also been added to the list of business opening in or around the new Santa Barbara Public Market at Victoria and Chapala Streets.

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CINCO ESTRELLAS CLOSES

Reader Peter tells me that Honduran restaurant Cinco Estrellas at 316 N. Milpas Street (in the back) closed in early July. The eatery opened for business last January.

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PIZZA MIZZA UPDATE

Pizza Mizza at 140 S. Hope Avenue (La Cumbre Plaza) recently unveiled a new menu that has added some new pizzas, pastas, salads, and sandwiches to the menu as well as added the ability to order food online. Additions to … Continue reading

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MATTEI’S TAVERN REOPENS IN LOS OLIVOS

On July 19th Chef Robbie Wilson and wife Emily reopened Mattei’s Tavern at 2350 Railway Avenue in Los Olivos, the former home of Brothers Restaurant which is in the process of moving to 3539 Sagunto Street in Santa Ynez (formerly … Continue reading

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TAPATIA OPENS

A Mexican restaurant named “Tapatia #3” has opened at 5764 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, the former home of New China.

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NEW CHINA CLOSES

Several readers tell me that New China at 5764 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, which offered Chinese, Japanese and Korean cuisine, closed in June. I am told the business was replaced my Mexican restaurant “Tapatia #3.”

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MARMALADE UPDATE

Reader Rachel let me know that Marmalade Cafe at 3825 State Street no longer serves breakfast on weekdays. Weekend breakfast hours are 8 a..m – 3 p.m.

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SORRISO ITALIANO OPENS IN ISLA VISTA

Reader Don tells me that a new Italian restaurant named Sorriso Italiano opened on July 15th at 901 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista, near Giovannis. Here is a description of the eatery from their web site: “It all started … Continue reading

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MESA ON THE MESA

Reader Dustin tells me that a sign for a new restaurant named “Mesa Verde” has appeared at 1919 Cliff Drive, the former home of Cliff’s & Co. I decided to add this sentence to the story so at first glance … Continue reading

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NEW OPENING DATE

Killer Shrimp at 416 State Street (formerly Sharkeez) has changed their opening date to Saturday, July 27th.

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

In a potentially great sign for the local culinary economy, I am happy to report that there have been no South Coast restaurant closures (that I know of) in the last 3 months. In the 8 years that I have … Continue reading

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LITTLE CAESARS OPENS ON FAIRVIEW

Little Caesars Pizza opened today at 109 S. Fairview Avenue in Goleta, just south of the 101 freeway and next door to Big Brand Tires. Little Caesars was founded by husband and wife Mike and Marian Ilitch on May 8, … Continue reading

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ANNIVERSARY

On July 14th, Bastille Day, bouchon restaurant at 9 W. Victoria Street celebrated 15 years in business. Speaking of anniversaries, The Restaurant Gal and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary on July 15th by having a terrific dinner at bouchon, … Continue reading

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WINEHOUND TASTING AT SOHO

Saturday, July 20th, 2013, from noon until 3 p.m. Winehound will be having an international wine tasting event at SOhO, 1221 State Street. There will be about five dozen different wines to sample, SOhO will be serving up  hot appetizers, and … Continue reading

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BEER DINNER

On Wednesday, July 17th, 6:30 p.m. Arlington Tavern at 21 W. Victoria Street is partnering with Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., the newest brewery to open up shop in the Funk Zone, for a special beer dinner. Chef Ron True and the … Continue reading

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KILLER SHRIMP OPENING DOWNTOWN

On Friday, July 19th, popular Marina del Rey eatery Killer Shrimp will open a second location in Santa Barbara at 416 State Street, the former home of Sharkeez. “Santa Barbara, known for its laid back beach culture, beautiful city and … Continue reading

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BAR-LIO

At the recent Taste of the Nation culinary event in Montecito I spoke with Elaine Morello, co-owner of Olio e Limone Ristorante and Olio Pizzeria at 11 W. Victoria Street. She tells me that Olio is planning to open a … Continue reading

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CARD CANNED

Albertsons Market no longer requires patrons to use an Albertsons club card to receive special discounts. The reduced prices on selected items now happen automatically at the cash register and are available to everyone. As a frequent Albertsons customer The … Continue reading

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4BSB

On July 20th from noon to 6:00 p.m. an event called “4BSB” is being held at Elings Park at 1298 Las Positas Road to celebrate barbecue, brews, bikes and blues on a summer afternoon in Santa Barbara. 100% of the … Continue reading

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WINE CASK UPDATE

During July Wine Cask restaurant at 813 Anacapa Street is partnering with Pacific Pride Foundation through their Charity Lunch Promotion and will donate 10% of all guest checks when they mention this local nonprofit organization, dedicated to providing comprehensive health … Continue reading

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SB AT NIGHT

Local entrepreneur Nico Roberts tells me that he has created a website specifically for mobile devices which provides a half-hourly updated listing of places, venues and eateries staying open later in the evening here in Santa Barbara. Every 30 minutes … Continue reading

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DIA DE LAS COMIDAS

Join Hospice of Santa Barbara on Thursday, July 11th for “Dia de las Comidas” as three popular family-owned area restaurants generously open their doors and hearts in support of the organization’s Latino Family Services. Carlitos Café y Cantina in Santa … Continue reading

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