Monthly Archives: August 2014

R+D KITCHEN COMING TO MONTECITO

R+D Kitchen, an offshoot of the Houston’s restaurant chain, plans to open a location on Coast Village Road, in a new building currently under construction, situated immediately to the left of Jeannine’s Bakery. The property used to be a nursery. … Continue reading

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RUMOR MACHINE

The ongoing California drought has forced state-wide water rationing. Our lawns are brown. Our fountains are dry. It’s even affected the Rumor Machine which stopped printing when the internal lubrication dried up. After a recent blast of WD-40 onto the … Continue reading

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BARBAREÑO POP-UP DINNERS

The folks behind Barbareño restaurant, coming this fall to 205 West Canon Perdido Street, formerly D’Vine Café, have started a series of pop-up dinners so you can try their food in advance of the opening. “We’re weekly holding pop-up dinners … Continue reading

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FUNK ZONE UPDATE

This just in from reader Jessica: Hey John, I read your column every week. Changes are coming to the Funk Zone. Oreana Winery has been sold to an LA-based winery called Agua Dulce and they have submitted plans to change … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you can help reader Jen please leave a message in the blog. Hi John, After the fun of clicking away at your website for the last two hours I thought maybe you’d just know the perfect dinner spot for … Continue reading

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CAFE DEL SOL UPDATE

I spoke with Cafe Del Sol at 30 Los Patos Way in Montecito and was told that their liquor license has been suspended. I was not given a time frame for when alcohol sales will resume. Tasty food continues to … Continue reading

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PALAZZIO UPDATE

This just in from Palazzio, 1026 State Street: Hi John, I want to personally apologize to all of our dining customers.  The “buck” stops with me and I take full blame and responsibility for my restaurant’s kitchen staff. Here’s what … Continue reading

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SILVERGREENS TO LAUNCH “KYLE’S KITCHEN”

Silvergreens restaurants (791 Chapala Street and 900 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista) will spin-off a new eatery this fall named Kyle’s Kitchen at 5723 Calle Real in Goleta, the former home of Quizno’s. I contacted Ron Gleiberman, Partner and Director … Continue reading

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TAMALE BIKE

The newest Santa Barbara food truck is actually a food bike. Filled with 15 dozen fresh tamales in the bike’s steamer, weekend visitors to the Funk Zone will be able to buy fresh tamales starting August 23rd. Santa Barbara Tamales-To-Go … Continue reading

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SILVERGREENS HAPPY HOUR

This just in from downtown Silvergreens: Silvergreens is excited to announce their new Happy Hour taking place Sunday thru Friday from 3pm to 6pm and all day on Saturdays. $4.00 Fig Mt beer. $4.00 local Santa Barbara county wines. $4.00 … Continue reading

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POP UP BRUNCH

This just in from The Burger Bus: Hello John- It has been a long time, we hope all is well. We just wanted to give you the heads up that we are hosting a Pop Up Brunch at Municipal Winery … Continue reading

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FAREWELL TO TIKI TUESDSAY LUAU

This just in from Finch & Fork restaurant at 31 West Carrillo Street: Hi John! I wanted to let you know, we are hosting a “Farewell to Tiki Tuesday Luau” on Tuesday, August 26th beginning at 5:30 pm.  We’ll have … Continue reading

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ELEPHANT BAR UPDATE

Word on the street is that two regional restaurant chains are independently considering setting up shop in the 8,700-square-foot property at 521 Firestone Road in Goleta, the former home of Elephant Bar, which closed last September.

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10th ANNIVERSARY

Los Arroyos Montecito is celebrating ten years at its current location at 1280 Coast Village Road. On Monday, August 25th they will have a special anniversary menu with the most popular items at 50% off. The dining destination will also … Continue reading

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JAVAN’S UPDATE

Reader Rudy let me know that a Mediterranean cafe is coming to 938 Embarcadero Del Norte in Isla Vista, the former home of Javan’s.

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GLUTEN-FREE LABELING

Starting last week, “gluten-free” labels on packaged foods have a defined meaning. Until now, the term “gluten-free” had not been regulated, and product manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means. Under the new rules food manufacturers must ensure … Continue reading

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CONSTRUCTION

I am hearing that construction has started at 403 State Street, the former long-time home of Esau’s Cafe, before they moved to 721 Chapala Street. The space has been vacant since Esau’s departed. I don’t know what type of business … Continue reading

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NAPOLEON’S MACARONS CLOSES

Reader Cathy tells me that Napoleon’s Macaron’s at 305 Paseo Nuevo, formerly Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, has closed. The business opened in February of this year. Here is a message from their web site: Unfortunately, today is our last … Continue reading

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BLUE TAVERN UPDATE

This just in from reader PrimeTime: There was a fire at the Indigo Hotel and Blue Tavern restaurant at 11:30 today linked to equipment on the roof. It is located at 119 and 121 State St. near Mason. The hotel … Continue reading

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TACOS EL REY OPENS DOWNTOWN

A new Mexican eatery named Tacos El Rey has opened at 5 W. Haley Street, the former home of Magic Pita Café and Greek House Café. I am told that the restaurant menu offers only tacos and that each cost … Continue reading

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SPEAKING OF TAQUERIAS

Reader Brendan tells me that Taqueria El Pastorcito is coming to 2009 De la Vina Street, the former Los Gallos restaurant. I’m told the place doesn’t seem to be open yet. A few months ago I spoke with the family … Continue reading

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WINE CASK WELCOMES NEW CHEF

Wine Cask has a new top chef in the kitchen. The locally renowned, Santa Barbara landmark restaurant at 813 Anacapa Street has welcomed Executive Chef David Rosner to Wine Cask and Intermezzo. Chef Rosner brings an extensive culinary background from … Continue reading

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10th ANNIVERSARY

Sal’s Pizza at 900 N. Milpas Street is celebrating its 10th year in business on Santa Barbara’s Eastside. The small, unassuming pizza shop opened its doors on August 7, 2004. Celebrating a 10-year anniversary on the Santa Barbara restaurant scene … Continue reading

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FREE CHOCOLATE CLASS

Chef Leslie Thomas will demonstrate how to make Nutella and Mousse on Sunday, August 31, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in The Big Kitchen at the Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 W. Victoria Street. Both recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free and … Continue reading

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ANGRY WINGS UPDATE

Angry Wings restaurant at 6530 Pardall Road in Isla Vista is closed for the summer and will reopen in the fall.

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BOOCHIES OPENS

A new café named Boochies opened on August 11th at 113 W. De la Guerra Street, the former home of Bella Dolce Bakery and Saffron. Owner Rebekah Winquest, a nutritionist who runs the restaurant with her husband Shawn, tells me … Continue reading

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