Monthly Archives: November 2013

JIMMY JOHN’S UPDATE

Jimmy John’s gourmet sandwiches has publicly announced that they are coming to “Santa Barbara.” Reader Chris contacted them on Facebook and was told that the address is 909 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista. I guess from corporate headquarters in … Continue reading

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. I’m spending the holiday at my parents’ home in Montecito enjoying our annual feast. We have a 24-pound bird this year. The Restaurant Gal and my mom spent the last 2 days preparing … Continue reading

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HOLIDAY PIE

This just in from Mac’s Fish & Chip Shop, 503 State Street: Hi John, Hope all is well. I was hoping you would kindly pass along the details of our HOLIDAY PIE APPEAL to your very attractive/handsome readers. We aren’t … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Millie please leave a message in the blog. Does anybody know where you can find good, hot broth (not cream) based soups in town? I know Little Alex’s carries a great and hot Chicken Soup … Continue reading

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JIMMY JOHN’S COMING TO SANTA BARBARA

Readers Cris and Sygyzy let me know that gourmet sandwich shop Jimmy John’s, founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in 1983 in Charleston, Illinois, has sent out a tweet that they are in the process of opening in Santa Barbara. Though … Continue reading

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CULT FOOD

Reade PrimeTime let me know that a web site called ListChallenges.com includes Freebirds and The Habit (which both started on the South Coast) in their list of “The 25 Greatest Cult Fast Food Chains in America.”

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RED SANDS MARKET AND DELI OPENS

Good Karma Market & Deli at 207 W. Anapamu Street, which stopped being a deli more than a year ago, was taken over by the owners of Presidio Market (1236 Santa Barbara Street) earlier this year. Reader Brendan tells me … Continue reading

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BROTHERS RESTAURANT OPENS IN SANTA YNEZ

Matt and Jeff Nichols, the brothers behind Sides Hardware & Shoes in Los Olivos and until just last year, Brothers at Mattei’s Tavern, have opened Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn. The new eatery is located at 3539 Sagunto Street in … Continue reading

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BRAVO

Word on the street is that the Bravo channel was filming at the Chase restaurant (1012 State Street) on Friday, November 22nd. This is not confirmed and I don’t know why Bravo would be there.

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Gary please leave a message in the blog. While watching football at the Cliff Room (1828 Cliff Drive) yesterday, I noticed a sign that the place has been sold.  I heard a rumor that the … Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING

View a list of local restaurants serving a traditional turkey meal on Thanksgiving Day.

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BLUE TAVERN OPENS DOWNTOWN

Chef Ricardo Zarate and business partner Stephane Bombet, of Chef Zarate Restaurant Group, have opened a Californian-Peruvian restaurant named the Blue Tavern at 119 State Street, the former home of Anchor Woodfire Kitchen which closed in September. Blue Tavern is … Continue reading

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MESA CAFE UPDATE

This just in from the prospective new owner of the Mesa Cafe: Dear John, Thank you for your always awesome restaurant notes,  I really enjoy reading all the food related news. The Mesa Cafe is going to continue to operate … Continue reading

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WAHOO’S TO BECOME PIZZA PLACE

Sources tell me that recently-sold Wahoo’s Fish Taco at 511 State Street is going to close and become a late-night pizza place. I am told that Bill Clayton, owner of nearby Whiskey Richards, is the buyer.

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MESA CAFE TO BE SOLD

A sign has appeared at the Mesa Cafe & Bar (1972 Cliff Drive) indicating that the business is in the process of being sold. The sign says that the current manager of Mesa Cafe, Ramiro Elizalde, is the prospective new … Continue reading

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ALTAMIRANO’S CLOSES

Reader Brian tells me that Altamirano’s Mexican restaurant at 422 N. Milpas Street has closed. I stopped by and the place was indeed closed and locked during regular business hours. The fact that business no longer answers the phone is … Continue reading

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7-ELEVEN COMING TO MILPAS

KEYT is reporting that a 7-Eleven is coming to 402 N. Milpas Street, next door to Fresh & Easy Market. The address use to be the home of Fast Lane Oil Change. A 7-Eleven recently opened in Isla Vista.

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WHOLE LOTTA LOVIN’

Reader Harriet tells me that a business named “The Lovin’ Spoonful” is coming in the Mesa Shopping Center, next to Super Cuca’s. Reader Preston says “Lovin’ Oven Mediterranean Bakery & Café” may be opening at 6578 Trigo Road, Isla Vista, … Continue reading

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OLIO CRUDO BAR

Earlier this year at the 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 told me that Olio was planning to … Continue reading

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KEN BOXER LIVE

Local television talk show host Ken Boxer published his interview with The Restaurant Guy today. We discuss this food news column, SantaBarbara.com, Accidental Santa and the Five Year Photo guys.

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FOSTER’S FREEZE UPDATE

This just in from reader Barbara: Hey John, Following up on the rumor about the sale of Carpinteria’s Foster’s Freeze to Hamburger Habit, turns out it was just a rumor.  Heard through the grapevine that it was recently inherited within … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Here is a list of local restaurants that have closed in the last year: November 2013: Las Palmeras, 432 E. Haley St.; Rudy’s, 5764 Calle Real, Goleta (now Paloma Restaurant and Tequila Bar) October 2013: Cafe Int’L, 6578 Trigo Rd, … Continue reading

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BROTHERS RESTAURANT UPDATE

Reader Gabrielle tells me that brothers Matt and Jeff Nichols will be opening their Brothers Restaurant at Red Barn (3539 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez) for lunch and dinner this Friday, November 22. For more information call 688-4142.

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THANKSGIVING UPDATE

I added Santa Barbara Brewing Company to the list of restaurants serving a traditional turkey meal on Thanksgiving day.

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HOLDREN’S GRILL UPDATE

Owner Clay Holdren sent me an update about Holdren’s Grill at Camino Real Marketplace in Goleta: Hey John, I hope all is well with you. I just wanted to let you know that Craig Baldi has taken over as the … Continue reading

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SAVOR SANTA BARBARA

A new service called Savor Santa Barbara Food Tours is offering a 2-mile, 3 1/2 hour walking adventure while tasting food, beer and wine, and also exploring some of the local architecture, history and sights of Santa Barbara. All food … Continue reading

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KEN BOXER LIVE

Local television talk show host Ken Boxer, who also owns and operates Palazzio (1026 State St.), will be interviewing The Restaurant Guy on Thursday, November 21, 10 p.m. on channel TVSB-17.  I am told the interview will also be available … Continue reading

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NEW TACO BELL COMING TO GOLETA

Local media including the News-Press and Santa Barbara Independent have reported that the Design Review Board of Goleta have been listening to a proposal from Taco Bell to open a restaurant in the University Plaza shopping center, at the corner … Continue reading

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FRESH MARKET OPENS DECEMBER 11th

This just in from Fresh Market, coming to 222 N. Milpas Street, the former home of Scolari’s: THE FRESH MARKET TO OPEN SANTA BARBARA STORE DECEMBER 11 Santa Barbara, Calif. (November 15, 2013) – The Fresh Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: TFM) … Continue reading

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BARTENDING FOR SOLSTICE

On Wednesday, November 20th, from 5-9 p.m., John Palminteri (ubiquitous), John Dixon (Tri-County Produce) and The Restaurant Guy, A.K.A “The Three Johns,” will be bartending at Pascucci restaurant, 729 State Street, to help raise money for the Solstice Parade. Take a … Continue reading

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