Monthly Archives: August 2013

SPICE AVENUE CLOSING, MENU MOVING TO GOLETA

Indian restaurant Spice Avenue at 1027 State Street in Santa Barbara will be closing shop on September 5th and the menu is moving to G-Town. The owners of India Club restaurant at 5701 Calle Real in Goleta, who also own … Continue reading

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ITALIA PIZZA AND PASTA TO CLOSE

Italia Pizza & Pasta at 149 N. Fairview Ave, Goleta, which opened in June 2011, plans to close their doors on September 14th. I spoke with management and was told that their lease was not renewed because the building owners … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT OPENINGS

Here is a list of restaurants that have opened in the last year: August 2013: Lark, 131 Anacapa St.; McConnell’s Ice Cream, 728 State St.; Lucky Penny, 137 Anacapa St.; Verde, 532 State St.  July 2013: Book Ends Cafe, 602 … Continue reading

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KEYS PLEASE

I spoke with the receptionist at FisHouse restaurant at 101 E. Cabrillo Boulevard and was told that they now offer free valet parking.

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VERDÉ OPENS DOWNTOWN

A new restaurant named Verdé has opened at 532 State Street, the former home of Zia Café. “We’re taking the south-western cuisine of Santa Barbara up a notch,” says owner Dave Campos. South-western cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, Native … Continue reading

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Having finally settled back in Santa Barbara after being gone much of August on a national park tour in Northern California and Southern Oregon, I was shopping at Costco recently and noticed that Christmas decorations are already on sale, even … 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: Anacapa Seafood raw bar, 34 W. Victoria St. Belcampo Meat Co., 34 W. … Continue reading

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LILLY’S COMING TO GOLETA

It appears Santa Barbara’s award winning taco shop Lilly’s (310 Chapala Street) is coming to G-Town. This just in from reader Robert: “While getting a flat fixed at Bike Bob’s in Goleta, the bike shop rumor is that a second … Continue reading

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FOLEY JOINS THE INN CROWD

The Foley Food and Wine Society has joined the TV show “The Inn Crowd with Chef Budi Kazali” as its season three title sponsor according to Executive Producers Ira Distenfield and Craig Case. “As Title Sponsor, The Foley Food and … Continue reading

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BBQ COMING TO CAMINO REAL MARKETPLACE

Pastavino restaurant at 6920 Marketplace Drive in Goleta has closed after 4 years in business and I am told it will be replaced with a new BBQ eatery. “We are bringing in new management and a new chef to open … Continue reading

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ENCHERITO RETURNS

Local Taco Bell franchisee Richard informs me that the Encherito is now officially back on the menu at Taco Bell. In July Taco Bell removed the classic item from their list of offerings.

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ELEPHANT BAR CLOSES

After decades in business the Elephant Bar restaurant at 521 Firestone Road in Goleta closed on August 18th.

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MCCONNELL’S OPENS

McConnell’s Ice Cream has opened a new retail store at 728 State Street, formerly Java Jones and Espresso Roma Café.

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OFF TOPIC

I am away on vacation traveling throughout Northern California and Southern Oregon. We arrived at Crater Lake Lodge in Oregon last night and I finally have decent Internet access so I uploaded a batch of news this morning while I … Continue reading

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LURE FISH HOUSE COMING TO TOWN?

This just in from reader Nancy: “Hi John, We just ate at Lure Fish House at 60 California St in Ventura today, and it has fantastic food, gorgeous decor and ambiance, super friendly staff, great prices, extensive drink menu, excellent … Continue reading

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LUCKY PENNY OPENS DOWNTOWN

The Lucky Penny has opened in the Funk Zone at 137 Anacapa Street, immediately next to the new Lark restaurant. Owner Sherry Villanueva offers a description of her new eatery: “Lucky Penny take-away café offers wood-fired pizza, artisan coffee, hand … Continue reading

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BISTRO REOPENS AT BACARA

The Bistro restaurant has reopened at Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta after months of renovations. The Italian eatery now features a private dining room, and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Bistro is led by Chef … Continue reading

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NEW MENU AT SILVERGREENS

This just in from Director of Operations Ron Gleiberman: “Hi John, Silvergreens Downtown (across from Paseo Nuevo) just released a new menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner! This menu focuses on using more local and farmer’s market ingredients, fresh herbs, … Continue reading

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THE ULTIMATE PASTA

Authentic, Italian pasta is alive and well in Santa Barbara, now that Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini at Four Seasons Biltmore treats visitors to the hotel’s California-Italian restaurant Bella Vista to true, authentic Italian pasta. Hailing from Paruzzaro, Italy and having … Continue reading

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PEABODY’S UPDATE

I stopped by the former home of Peabody’s at 1198 Coast Village Road and it appears that it is still under construction and a long way from opening. The building was leased by cellular phone pioneer Craig McCaw. Rumor has … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

I am on vacation for the next two weeks with a group of friends but will try to update the blog periodically from the road. Please keep the restaurant news tips coming! Our travels are around northern California and southern … Continue reading

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ALL INDIA CAFÉ UPDATE

I stopped by All India Café at 431 State Street and was told that their transition to “Himalayan Kitchen,” originally scheduled for mid-June, has been delayed because they are still waiting for health permits. When the necessary permits are in … Continue reading

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CHILE VERDE PIZZA

This just in from reader Foodie Dan: “John, Rustys Pizza has a Chili Verde pizza for the month of August; tomatillo sauce, pork and cheese. I will be trying this one!”

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SZECHUAN COMING TO GOLETA?

Reader Cris spotted this official tweet from Szechuan Restaurant, 1994 Cliff Drive: “How do our customers feel about the possibility of a Szechuan Restaurant II out in Goleta?”

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CA DARIO PIZZERIA UPDATE

Readers tell me that Ca Dario Pizzeria at 29 E. Victoria Street is expanding into the vacated American Cleaners next door.

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MCCONNELL’S SET TO OPEN

Owner Michael Palmer tells me that McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams hopes to debut its inaugural, flagship ice cream parlor this week at 728 State Street, formerly Java Jones and Espresso Roma Café.  After a nearly forty year absence from company-owned … Continue reading

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WINE CASK PARTNERS WITH UNITED WAY

For the entire month of August you can enjoy lunch in Wine Cask’s historic courtyard while supporting local nonprofit United Way. Wine Cask (813 Anacapa Street) has partnered with United Way of Santa Barbara County for their Charity Lunch Promotion, … Continue reading

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THE LARK OPENS IN THE FUNK ZONE

The Lark, named for the sleek overnight Pullman train of the Southern Pacific Railroad that serviced Santa Barbara from 1910 -1968, is a 130 seat full service restaurant located at 131 Anacapa Street in the former Santa Barbara Fish Market … Continue reading

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NEW CAMERA

I have purchased a new camera for use with this blog and SantaBarbara.com in general. For the first time I am now using a full SLR camera instead of a pocket digital camera or iPhone. The first pictures taken with … Continue reading

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MEDITERRA CLOSES

This just in from reader SO: Mediterra Cafe & Market [5575 Hollister Ave, Goleta] closed on the 31st due to their lease running up. Hope they find a new spot soon! Their lunch specials were always really good!  

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