Monthly Archives: February 2014

TAP THAI MOVE CONFIRMED

Earlier in the week the Rumor Machine suggested that Tap That at 2611 De la Vina Street was moving uptown. Reader Mike has confirmed the news: Hey, John! We attempted to eat at Tap Thai today but they were closed. … Continue reading

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TAFFY’S PIZZA UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

For only the third time in more than 40 years, Taffy’s Pizza at 2026 De la Vina Street has new owners, as Casey and Shaina Groves took over the historic pizzeria on De la Vina Street earlier this year. “Being … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Katherine please leave a message in the blog. Hi John, I’m curious to know if any SB restaurants or bars will be playing this Sunday night’s Academy Awards broadcast.  Looking for a spot to watch … Continue reading

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RUMOR MACHINE

To help keep tumble weeds out of the arid basin formerly known has Lake Cachuma, The Restaurant Gal and I are in full water-conservation mode. Rather than going down the drain, our unused cold shower water (when you first start … Continue reading

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JILL’S PLACE TO REOPEN IN APRIL

Reader Meg let me know that Jill Shalhoob has posted a new message on the Facebook page for Jill’s Place restaurant, 632 Santa Barbara Street: We are finally recovering from the fire we experienced last May that severely damaged the … Continue reading

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ARTISANS MARKET

Noozhawk has posted a story about a local artisans market coming to the parking lot near the Goleta Outback Steakhouse at 5690 Calle Real. The weekly open-air event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, beginning March … Continue reading

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The Ellwood Mesa in Goleta is an open space where The Restaurant Gal and I frequently go for walks. If you have explored this area you know it is a natural setting except for one thing: a rusty old car … Continue reading

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15TH ANNIVERSARY

Los Arroyos Downtown will celebrate fifteen years at its current location, 14 W Figueroa Street, on March 4th. From Saturday, March 1st to Tuesday, March 4th, they will offer our original menu items and prices from 1999 including nachos were … Continue reading

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SB MENUS DELIVERS

This just in from SBMenus.com: SBmenus.com now makes delivery available for downtown Santa Barbara residents and professionals. The service allows customers to order online for delivery from restaurants like South Coast Deli, SB Chicken Ranch, Chili’s Bar & Grill, Crushcakes … Continue reading

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SILVERGREENS DELIVERS

Silvergreens restaurant, at 791 Chapala Street, now offers a delivery option through SBmenus.com. Hours for delivery are 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily.

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NEW BUFFET AT SORRISO ITALIANO

Sorriso Italiano, which opened last July at 901 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista, now offers an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $7.95 every Monday and Wednesday between noon and 2 p.m.

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NEW MENU AT BLUSH

Blush Restaurant and Lounge at 630 State Street recently unveiled a new menu for 2014. In the stylings of Head Chef Brandon Worrell, new dishes include a 12oz Double Cut Porkchop, a 16oz Bone-in RibEye, Chilean Sea Bass, and a … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Mark please leave a message in the blog. Good Morning, I read your blog periodically and have a question that I hope you can help with.  Can you please tell me local restaurants in SB … Continue reading

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EAST BEACH GRILL UPDATE

There is a rumor raging on Edhat that goes like this: “When the City of Santa Barbara renovates the Cabrillo Pavilion on East Beach next year, it plans not to renew the lease of the East Beach Grill, a beloved … Continue reading

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TACO BELL GOING MOBILE

Taco Bell is planning to launch an app later this year for smartphones that will allow customers to order ahead of time, before they venture to a nearby location, according to the food news authority Nation’s Restaurant News. The app … Continue reading

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

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VALENTINE’S DAY

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CHEF CHANGE

I spoke with Cielto restaurant (1114 State Street) and was told that founding chef Ramon Velazquez no longer works there. I am told that he has been replaced with assistant chef Damon Murphy (now executive chef) whose partnership with Velazquez … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader J.O. please leave a message in the blog. Hey, any places to get a Valentines Day dinner and enjoy a romantic dance as well? Not like a night club, more like a classy place! Thanks, … Continue reading

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THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL OPENS ON THE MESA

Ever since Foster’s Freeze closed in March 2010, the Mesa has been without a dedicated dessert shop. That all changed this month when frozen yogurt specialist The Lovin’ Spoonful opened 2028 Cliff Drive, next to Super Cuca’s. Their mission statement … Continue reading

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SPEAKING OF THE MESA

Last year I reported that vegan restaurant Mesa Verde is coming to 1919 Cliff Drive, the former home of Cliff’s & Co. Sources tell me that the new eatery is connected with chef Greg Arnold, who is involved with Sage … Continue reading

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RESTAURANT GIVEAWAY

When restaurants have a giveaway it usually involves an item on the menu. In the case of Pace restaurant, 413 State Street, they are giving away the restaurant itself. In fact, they will pay you to take it. A Santa … Continue reading

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IN SEARCH OF A FREE* LUNCH

I was at Costco strolling for some non-essential purchases when I suddenly felt hungry. I realized that I had completely skipped lunch. As luck would have it, right next to me was a booth offering a free sample of sausage … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

When I was a kid I used to think there were two Lake Cachumas – one for cold water and one for hot water. I was amazed when I eventually learned that there was a thing called a “water heater” … Continue reading

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ALOHA

Sources tell me that Kahuna Grill, which opened in Paseo Nuevo mall in 2008, is actively looking for a tenant to replace them and I am told is in discussions with a good prospect. The burger place, whose lease ends … Continue reading

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COOKING CLASSES

SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning is offering 360 classes and workshops for every schedule and lifestyle. Winter classes start and end throughout the term, between January 13 and March 22. Cooking classes offered for winter 2014 include: Almost Meatless; Beautiful … Continue reading

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OFF TOPIC

Here are photos I took of Robert Redford at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival receiving the American Riviera Award.

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Here are photos I took of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 6, 2014 to receive the SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award.

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CAFÉ ROYALE CULINARY PROGRAM LAUNCHED

San Marcos High School students are now getting hands-on experience and learning the necessary skills required for a job in the food service industry, thanks to the January 23 launching of the Café Royale Culinary Program. There are currently 39 … Continue reading

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Here are photos from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Virtuosos Award last night.

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