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 American and Mexican ingredients and techniques. Often referred to as Southwest or New Mexican cuisine, it has its own distinct preparation, ingredients and flavor. The defining ingredient of Southwest food is green and red chiles grown only in Hatch, New Mexico. The kitchen is run by Jim Gartman, an award winning chef who has cooked from New York to New Mexico and moved to Santa Barbara from a high-end country club in Arizona. Hours are 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information call 897-0033 or visit verdesb.com.
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