Monthly Archives: November 2017

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Reader Jerry needs your help: “What market (Lazy Acres, Gelson’s, etc.) has good take-out fried chicken?”

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SOMERSET TRANSITIONING TO “SMITH”

Reader Richard says that the Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which closed after less than a year in business to try a more casual style of dining, will reopen on December 5th as Smith.

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THE DECK OPENS IN GOLETA

Reader Ted let me know that the previously unnamed restaurant for employees at Deckers Outdoor Corporation, 6601 Hollister Avenue in Goleta (next to the Deckers brand showcase), has officially opened to the public and called as The Deck. The restaurant … Continue reading

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CHICKEN IN A BARREL UPDATE

In November 2016 reader Nancy spotted a sign for Chicken In A Barrel BBQ, coming to 310 South Fairview Avenue which is a few doors down from Hollister on the ocean side, next to Orient Laundry. Earlier this month reader … Continue reading

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“CREAMISTRY” COMING TO STATE STREET

This just in from reader Brendan: “A sign in a commercial space on State Street near Carrillo (formerly a clothing store, I think) says that ice cream purveyor Creamistry is ‘Freezing Soon!’”

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ISLANDS RESTAURANT UPDATE

While at La Cumbre Plaza I stopped by Islands Restaurant which is coming to the former home of Marmalade Cafe. Construction appears to be about half way done and workers tell me that the kitchen is nearly done. It looks … Continue reading

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TUPELO JUNCTION REOPENS …IN NEWPORT BEACH

The mystery of why Tupelo Junction Cafe closed on State Street in early November is a little less mysterious. It appears the whole thing was planned. Though the restaurant shut its doors suddenly with no explanation, reader Peter came across … Continue reading

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CA’DARIO PIZZERIA VELOCE OPENS IN SANTA BARBARA PUBLIC MARKET

Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce (which means quick) has opened at the Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 West Victoria Street. The restaurant focuses on individual artisan pizzas using high quality Italian flour and also offers small bites including homemade meatballs, truffle egg, … Continue reading

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SPEAKING OF CA’DARIO

I am told that the Goleta location for Ca’ Dario Trattoria and Pizzeria, coming to the Kmart shopping center next to The French Press, Chipotle, and Rusty’s Pizza, will open in January 2018. The former home of Bicycle Bob’s has … Continue reading

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INSTITUTION ALE UPDATE

Pintard Commercial Real Estate has announced the leasing of 516 State Street to Institution Ale Company, a Camarillo-based brewery specializing in American-style ales. The new location is the former home of Caffe Primo and Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro. “Considering all … Continue reading

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STATE STREET BREWERY WAR?

Reader Ben says that Modern Times Beer, with two locations in San Diego, is coming to 418 State Street, the former home of India House. The ABC liquor license database confirms the news. Modern Times Beer will be within a … Continue reading

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SILVERGREENS UPDATE

Silvergreens restaurant at 900 Embarcadero Del Mar in Isla Vista has been temporarily closed for a few months as the parent company focuses on the new Kyle’s Kitchen restaurant on Hollister Avenue. I am told by management that the signs … Continue reading

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NEW CHEF AT KANALOA

Kanaloa Seafood has welcomed their latest “catch” to the kitchen, Executive Chef William Ouderkirk. Chef William brings an extensive culinary background to Kanaloa, from kitchens in Canada, the UK and Greenwich, Connecticut, to ships sailing around the globe. Chef William’s … Continue reading

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JUICE IT UP! OPENS FRIDAY

Juice It Up! is celebrating the grand opening of its first Isla Vista location this Friday, November 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located inside HiWi Tropical Fusion, Juice It Up! Isla Vista will be celebrating the special occasion … Continue reading

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INSTITUTION ALE TO OPEN DOWNTOWN

Reader Primetime says that another vacant downtown Santa Barbara site is leased. I’m told that the Institution Ale Company at 3841 Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo will move into 516 State Street, the former home of Caffe Primo and Pierre Lafond … Continue reading

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RAMEN FESTIVAL WINNERS

Outpost at The Goodland, 5650 Calle Real in Goleta, held their third annual Ramenfest on Sunday, November 12th. The winner of the Judge’s Choice award was Industrial Eats at 181 Industrial Way in Buellton. The ingredients of their entry included … Continue reading

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PRIMETIME REPORT

Small business owners with big dreams continue to be an important component in the American economy. In a News Channel 3 special report, reader Primetime looks at three local businesses with limited storefronts, simple operations, and high hopes. Watch video

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SECRETS OF A TAMALE CHEF

Chef Richard Lambert teaches the techniques he uses to make his award-winning tamales and salsas. This 90-minute class is set for Saturday, November 18th, from noon- 1:30 p.m. The classroom is located at 125 Harbor Way, next to the Maritime … Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING IN SOLVANG

I recently published a list of places to find a traditional turkey meal on Thanksgiving. The list primarily covered the South Coast. It has come to my attention that there is an online list of restaurants open in Solvang on … Continue reading

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ELADIO’S CLOSES

The Romasanta Family has announced that they have closed Eladio’s restaurant located at 1 State Street. “We are excited to be looking to lease this very special location to an established restaurant operation that will complement our Harbor View Inn … Continue reading

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MISO HUNGRY MOVES DOWNTOWN

Reader sbmizzou let me know that Miso Hungry Japanese restaurant has moved from upper State Street to their new downtown digs at 134 East Canon Perdido Street, the former home of Sojourner Cafe. Miso Hungry is a quick service Japanese … Continue reading

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SPYGLASS BISTRO & BAR OPENS IN GOLETA

Spyglass Bistro & Bar has opened on the 4th floor rooftop of the new Hilton Garden Inn at 6878 Hollister Avenue in Goleta near Kmart. I live about two blocks away from there so when I heard the news I … Continue reading

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CHICKEN IN A BARREL UPDATE

In November 2016 reader Nancy spotted a sign for Chicken In A Barrel BBQ, coming to 310 South Fairview Avenue which is a few doors down from Hollister on the ocean side, next to Orient Laundry. Reader Cris now tells … Continue reading

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TUPELO JUNCTION CLOSES

Tupelo Junction Cafe at 1218 State Street sold their liquor license recently. I called them to get the details and was told by a representative that they will continue be open as usual and will switch to just beer and … Continue reading

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SB MENUS CELEBRATES 9 YEARS

This just in from SB Menus: SBmenus.com has been proud to serve up delicious food from hundreds of restaurants across Santa Barbara over the past 9 years, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate our 9th birthday in this beautiful … Continue reading

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TUPELO JUNCTION UPDATE

I called Tupelo Junction Cafe on Sunday and was told that they have sold their liquor license. I was also told that they would continue to be open for business as usual and will soon be serving beer and wine. … Continue reading

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WHO’S SERVING THANKSGIVING?

Each November, my inbox is swamped with the same question: Which restaurants serve a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day? Last week, I made a hundred phone calls to find the answer. Restaurants joining the list this year include The … Continue reading

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THE NUGGET IN CARPINTERIA CLOSES

Reader Diane let me know that The Nugget in Carpinteria has closed permanently. I called the business and confirmed the news. The restaurant opened in June 2016. Other Nugget locations are still available including Summerland, Goleta and downtown Santa Barbara.

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CORAZON AND CAPTAIN FATTY’S COMING TO THE FUNK ZONE

Reader Rambo says that a 2nd location for the Mexican restaurant Corazon, that is currently in the Santa Barbara Public Market, will be coming to 214 State Street, the former site of Rebar Coffee, Entrada Market, American Ale 02, Tri-tip … Continue reading

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TUPELO JUNCTION SELLS LIQUOR LICENSE

Tupelo Junction at 1218 State Street has sold their liquor license. Currently they are not serving any alcohol but are planning to offer beer and wine in the future. My condolences to the many fans of their crab claw Bloody … Continue reading

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