This just in from reader Mike:

“Just an FYI for those that like hot dogs.  Dave’s Dog’s is now operating during the lunch hour in Old Town Goleta at the corner of Magnolia and Hollister (next to the Auto Stereo place).  Their Facebook page seems to indicate this is semi-permanent.”

Visit facebook.com/davesdogs805

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This just in from reader CattyGirl:

“I just walked past the newly opened Red Piano bar. It was packed with a waiting line. The ‘piano man’ was singing Billy Joel. There is a disco ball. Nice vibe, happy people.” Red Piano is at 519 State Street, formerly Statemynt and the Study Hall.

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Reader Primetime tells me that a sign has appeared for a new eating place to be named “La Entrada de Santa Barbara” at 30 State Street. The owner is Mason Palms LTD of Malibu. This location is in the new waterfront development zone, approximately where Hot Spots used to be.



Last May Zizzo’s opened a location in the new Hollister Village Plaza, 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta. Zizzo’s is presenting an interesting concept to the Central Coast; a location that operates as a coffeehouse in the morning and then converts to a full-on sports bar and brew pub in the evening. Zizzo’s will continue to offer coffee and breakfast items in the morning hours (and throughout the day), however in the afternoon and evening the Hollister location becomes a sports bar and pub.

Zizzo’s has a large wrap-around bar, multiple TV’s and 10 local craft beers on tap. The Grand Opening celebration kicks off August 20th at noon and continues through Sunday, August 21st. Complete with beer tastings, Tri-Tip BBQ, live music, giant Jenga, and a competitive corn hole tournament. Attendees will have the chance to win a free flight anywhere in the United States through a raffle that will be going on throughout the weekend, among other prizes. This grand opening event will be an opportunity to officially introduce the community to Zizzo’s Brew Pub and have the residents experience an establishment that can be a coffee fix in the morning, and a community gathering place in the evening.

The Brew Pub menu includes Garlic Knots $5, Nacho Madness $7.95, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers $6-$12, Chicken Wings $9.95, Quinoa & Baby Kale Salad $7.95, Chicken Caesar Salad $9.95, Mediterranean Salad $8.95, Hummus and Flatbread $6.50, Spicy Mac & Cheese $9.95, Cuban Sandwich $11.95, Pulled Pork Sandwich $10.95, and Carnitas Tacos $9.95.





160811-Aparna-Sherman3On Wednesday August 24th, 6-9 p.m. join Aparna Sherman, a local private chef & cookbook author, as well as co-owner of Nectar Eatery & Lounge, for a four course Indian-inspired dinner. This will be an intimate dinner for ten people in the garden of her home, with instruction. Here is the menu: Course 1: Raja Mixture – a tangy spicy mix of onions, lime juice, roasted peanuts and chili, Papadums. Course 2 : Cucumber Mung Bean Sprouts Coconut Salad with gluten-free savory Pakoras. Course 3: Goan Fish Curry with fresh seasonal fish, Cumin Scented Basmati Rice, Stuffed Pan-Fried (de-seeded) Chilies, Date-Ginger Chutney, Cabbage and coconut side dish, cucumber raitha and more papadums for the table . Course 4: Mango pudding, coconut ladoo, chai. A Kingfisher beer is included. Cost is $75 per person; $65 if signed up before August 13, 2016. For questions, email aparna@nectarsb.com.

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The Santa Barbara Wine Collective, located in the Funk Zone, has announced the launch of the SBWC Wine Club. This group of like-minded producers – Babcock Winery, Ca’ del Grevino, Fess Parker, Notary Public and The Paring Winery – create their wines from the incomparable terroir of Santa Barbara County. The SBWC Wine Club offers members an wine tasting experience where one can sample and compare different Santa Barbara County wines to be enjoyed at home, for gifting or sharing with friends. The quarterly deliveries of the SBWC Wine Club showcases a selections from each of the above wineries. Each bottle is picked for its Central Coast style and includes the very latest releases. As an added bonus, members will also receive two complimentary tastings with every visit to the Santa Barbara Wine Collective, in addition to 10% discount on all retail wines in the store. Membership is $125 / shipment plus tax and applicable shipping (based on delivery zone).

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Finch & Fork restaurant at 31 West Carrillo Street has named Santa Barbara newcomer Joe Dohany as Lead Bartender. The restaurant has appointed Dohany with designing seasonal menus that speak his holistic approach to bartending, as well as the menu at Finch & Fork. For Dohany’s debut menu, guests can expect a half dozen originals that are reflective of the season and the locale. He suggests you try the balanced Witch’s Back, with Bulldog gin, Strega orange liqueur, Pamplemousse Rose, lime and orange bitters, or the Buzz Around Town with lavender–infused Tanqueray gin, blackberry, honey, lemon and soda water.



The 35th annual Taste of the Town event, a benefit for the Arthritis Foundation, will be held Sunday, September 11th, from noon- 3 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon at Santa Barbara’s original tasting event featuring local wineries, breweries, restaurants, caterers, live music, and an auction. Taste of the Town is located at Riviera Park Gardens, 2030 Alameda Padre Serra and costs $125. Purchase tickets at tinyurl.com/tasteofthetownsb

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Readers tell me that Le Petit Bistrot, a French restaurant that just opened in May at 532 State Street, has kept their doors closed recently. Readers Barry and Wade offered me an update this week, saying that a new sign advertising “Authentic Mexican Food” is now on display at the front of the building. I don’t know if the Mexican cuisine was a temporary Fiesta thing or the beginnings of a new restaurant, and I don’t know if Le Petit Bistrot will reopen. Time will tell.





Reader Drew let me know that a new Facebook page has announced that Santa Barbara Wine Collective at 131 Anacapa Street is opening a sister restaurant named Loquita Santa Barbara offering Spanish cuisine, at 202 State Street, the former home of Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Bougainvillea and Paoli’s. The eatery will offer Spanish tapas and shared plates with a focus on locally sourced products from neighboring farmlands, ranches, and the Pacific coast. Visit facebook.com/LoquitaSB.

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Chef Peter Lee and Executive Sous Chef Felicia Medina of Loquita Santa Barbara preparing to serve Chicken Paella at a recent event at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective. Courtesy photo.



Reader Primetime tells me that Webby’s Candy at 506 State Street has gone out of business.

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Reader Primetime says that Nutbelly at 915 Linden Ave has a new seating option: a long bench that runs from the door to the counter. Rite Aid at 801 Linden Avenue recently started serving ice cream, and did not have ice cream before. Pizza Man Dan’s is well under way, green fencing is up, and when it is open I am told that it will be no secret to Carpinteria because Dan likes to do coupons, he has a Monster Truck that says “Pizza Man Dan’s” and he has a Corvette that looks like a pepperoni pizza slice.

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Readers Brendan and Annie tell me that The Garden (beer garden and food) and Corazon Cocina (tacos and ceviche) have opened at Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 West Victoria Street. Corazón Cocina​ used to operate at the Three Pickles deli on weekends. Corazón Cocina hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The Garden hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.



El Mercado de la Guerra and El Mercado del Norte are up and running this week. Stroll through a colorful Mexican market to feast on Spanish and Mexican-American foods, shop for crafts and souvenirs and enjoy live entertainment all day and into the evening. These festive street fairs are located downtown in De la Guerra Plaza and at MacKenzie Park, 3111 State Street. During the many fiestas prior to the first Old Spanish Days Fiesta in 1924, booths were set up in various locations in the city. Merchandise was sold and food and entertainment provided. These centers came to serve as the marketplace for the fiesta. This custom has continued and became an established part of Old Spanish Days. Until 1949, the mercados took on a variety of personalities; in 1949 however, the foundation for the present mercado was laid. Rosario Andrea Curletti was in charge of the mercados that year and insisted all things having to do the mercado be authentic. Robert Hoyt, a well-known architect designed and constructed the booths reflective of true mercado puestos and helped determine the rental to be charged in order that the mercado be self-supporting. For the first time each booth was sponsored by a non-profit or religious organization of the City of Santa Barbara and the revenue earned was to be used for their organization. The food, beverage, candy and merchandise sold was limited to the items that would be found in a mercado of the Spanish and Mexican California period.

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Monday, August 1, 10 a.m. will mark Edith Ziliotto’s return to 415 E. De la Guerra Street where a ribbon cutting signals the grand opening of Nona’s Italian Deli, offering classic Italian food from northern Italy, in the same building where Edith and her former husband Valentino, who passed away in 2014, served hungry customers since 1976. When I attended Santa Barbara High School, a few blocks away, a visit to 415 E. De la Guerra Street was a daily ritual. In addition to their famous deli, Nona’s offers a grab-and-go selection including lasagna, sandwiches, salads, yogurt, tiramisu, hummus, chile rellenos, and more. Nona’s now has indoor seating available where customers have the option of enjoying a beer or wine with their meal. While I was enjoyed a fabulous sub sandwich at Nona’s I was told that the store was receiving a large shipment of specialty Italian goods not available elsewhere in Santa Barbara County.

After their soft opening a week ago, long-time customers have stopped in to give Ziliotto flowers and cards to welcome her back. I’m told that “Nona” means grandma in Italian and Edith Ziliotto runs the business with her many grandchildren. Two years ago she welcomed the birth of her great-great-grandchild. Ziliotto moved to America in 1949 as a teenager from Gera Lario on the shores of Lago di Como in Italy. Five year later moved to Santa Barbara where she has been ever since.

During Monday’s grand opening Nona’s will be offering food samples to share with the community and have specials running throughout the day. Hours are 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Call 770-3665 or visit facebook.com/nonassbitaliandeli.

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160804-nonas-1 - CopyALL IN THE FAMILY: Nona’s Italian Deli  is brought to you by (L-R) Marli Acquistapace Cusolito, Edith Ziliotto, Emily Urzua and Michelle Acquistapace.



This just in from Sean Ebadi, owner of Pizza Mizza at 140 South Hope Avenue, next to Sears:

“I wanted to let you know that we are now running some new menu items using locally produced Outer Aisle Cauliflower Pizza Crust/Wraps. To give you a quick bit of info on the product, instead of using traditional Bread, Pizza Crust, or Pasta, which is packed with carbohydrates, sugars, and calories, we have created some menu items using cauliflower based products, which have 9g of Protein and only 5g of Carbs each per serving. This is almost like Guilt Free Pizza and Pasta. Guests can substitute our Cauliflower crust for any Personal Size Pizza prices at no additional charge over the menu price. Or you can try some of our new Fit Menu items like our Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna, Turkey and Arugula Panini, Green Goddess Grilled Cheese, or our Pesto Chicken and Goat Cheese Pizza. All of these items would be made using Outer Aisle Cauliflower products and will have you feeling satisfied and like you just ate a delicious and nutritious meal rather than something you feel guilty about immediately.   We have received a tremendous response so far and we truly believe that this is a life changing alternative for anyone battling inflammatory disease, excessive weight gain, or just trying to get your family to meet more vegetables and less bread.”

Visit pizzamizza.com and outeraislegourmet.com.

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Reader Michael tells me that the for-lease sign is down at the Big Yellow House in Summerland and that a Notice of Development signals it will become retail space instead of a restaurant space. Last year it was announced that Pace restaurant would take over the historic building but those plans obviously didn’t work out.

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Reader Steve tells that the space at 202 State Street, formerly Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill, Bougainvillea and Paoli’s, will reopen as a restaurant called “202 State.” The business, which will be brought to you by the owner of nearby Lark, has been under construction for more than a year and sources say it will open soon.

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Apparently ocean-themed restaurant names are popular at 416 State Street. Readers Steve and Brendan tell me that The Drunken Crab, of North Hollywood, has opened in the space formerly occupied by Killer Shrimp and Sharkeez. The Drunken Crab offers authentic Louisiana-style seafood including Mussels $11.95, Clams $11.95, Crawfish $10.95, Dungeness Crab Legs $24.95, Lobster (market price), Shrimp $14.95, and King Crab Legs $11.22 per cluster. Additional menu items include Raw Oysters, Calamari, Fried Shrimp, Fish & Chips, Soft Shell Crab, Chicken Tenders, Clam Chowder, King Crab Bisque, Fried Brussels Sprouts, Truffle Fries, Chicken Wings, and Jambalaya. Visit thedrunkencrab.com.



viva1Viva Santa Barbara, serving modern Mexican cuisine, has opened at 1114 State Street, the former home of Cielito, Stateside and Acapulco. A message on their web site, vivasb.com, describes the business as follows:

“The arrival of Viva has redefined what it means to be Santa Barbara. Garnished by a superb happy hour and unparalleled service, Viva’s transcendence through quality has become a hub for chic Santa Barbara nightlife. Successfully having reinvented authentic Latin American cuisine, our Master Chef David Raigoza has truly personified the meaning of Southern California. Thanks to our Bar Master Jereme Hall, the newly redesigned Viva Lounge takes its place as one of the most sought after craft cocktail venues in Santa Barbara. Here at Viva its simple; you get the ultimate dining experience. The banquet room: boasting exquisite chandeliers, high ceilings and large arched windows, the magnificence of this space and its adaptability is sure to wow you and your guest. This space has its very own entrance, private patio, satellite bar and restroom accommodations. Able to host any type of event, our accommodations include wedding receptions, dinners, graduations, bar mitzvahs and corporate work events.”

Viva Santa Barbara brought to you by a group of investors, that includes proprietor Brendan Searls, the co-founder of Dargan’s Irish Pub in Santa Barbara and Brendan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Agoura Hills, Camarillo and Newbury Park.




Some questions I have heard over the years include “room for cream?”, “paper or plastic?”, and “Ginger or Mary Ann?” While wandering the Mesa the most common question I hear is “Vons or Albertsons?” Sources tell me that the market that will replace the defunct Haggen at 2010 Cliff Drive will be… Vons. Before Haggen occupied the space for about 3 seconds this address was the longtime home of Albertsons.



Reader Cris passed the word that Poke Me has appeared as one of the future tenants on the website for Hollister Village Plaza, 7000 Hollister Avenue. The eatery will offer a variety of fish bowls. The base ingredient offerings include white rice, brown rice, half & half, mixed salad and organic baby kale. Sides include seaweed salad, edamame, avocado, crab meat and spicy crab meat. The protein (a.k.a. “meat”) menu lists salmon, yellowtail, albacore, shrimp, scallop, octopus, spicy tuna, and spicy albacore. Tofu is also offered. Visit pokeme.net.



After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the all-knowing crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of food and drink locations appearing in your future:

  • 202 State, 202 State St. (formerly Bay Roadhouse Bar & Grill)
  • Blaze Pizza, 3925 State St. (formerly Carl’s Jr.)
  • Cachuma Lake Café, Cachuma Lake marina
  • Cajun Kitchen, 6025 Calle Real, Goleta (formerly Rusty’s Pizza)
  • Cito Street Café, 305 W. Montecito St.
  • Convivo, 901 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (inside Santa Barbara Inn)
  • Corazon Cocina, 38 West Victoria St. (Santa Barbara Public Market)
  • Del Taco, Santa Barbara (2 locations)
  • Dickey’s BBQ Pit, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • The Drunken Crab, 416 State St. (formerly Killer Shrimp)
  • Dumpling King, 966 Embarcadero Del Mar (currently The Cantina)
  • Dunkin’ Donuts, 3 more South Coast locations
  • Guicho’s Eatery, 901 Linden Ave., Carpinteria (formerly The Beach Bowl)
  • Handlebar Coffee Roasters, 2720 De la Vina St. (formerly Sleep Shoppe)
  • HiWI Tropical Fusion, 6555 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • Luna Grill, 3925 State St. (formerly Carl’s Jr.)
  • Magic Castle, 30 Los Patos Wy. (formerly Café del Sol)
  • Mesa Burger, 315 Meigs Rd. (formerly Mexican Fresh Taqueria)
  • Norton’s Pastrami and Deli, Goleta.
  • Oliver’s, 1198 Coast Village Rd. (formerly Peabody’s)
  • Phoevermore, 1017 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria
  • Pickles & Swiss, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • Pieology, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • Pizza Man Dan’s, 699 Linden Ave., Carpinteria (formerly Tony’s)
  • Poke Me, 7000 Hollister Ave., Goleta (Hollister Village Plaza)
  • Rusty’s Pizza, 2315 Lillie Ave., Summerland (Stacky’s Seaside)
  • Rusty’s Pizza, 4880 Hollister Ave., Goleta (moving from 149 S. Turnpike Rd.)
  • Sprouts Farmers Market, 175 N. Fairview Ave. (formerly Haggen/Vons)
  • Viva Modern Mex, 1114 State St. (currently Cielito)
  • Vons, 2010 Cliff Drive (formerly Haggen/Albertsons)
  • Which Wich, 5 South Coast locations
  • Unnamed, 7 E. Anapamu St. (formerly Arts & Letters Café)
  • Unnamed Asian Fusion, 5892 Hollister Ave. (formerly The Natural Café)
  • Unnamed Bakery & Cheese Shop, 131 Anacapa St.
  • Unnamed BBQ, 4444 Hollister Ave., Noleta (formerly Creekside)


This just in from Globe restaurant:

“Tuesdays may be for Tacos, but Wednesdays are for WONTONS! Each Wednesday, starting July 27th, Globe at 18 E Cota Street presents Wonton Wednesdays hosted by Robby Robbins. This casual, relaxing and comfortable place to grab expertly crafted cocktails and sample delicious small plate items from around the world is the perfect downtown spot to come after work on Wednesdays. Each week from 5:30-9 p.m. we will have several special Wontons to choose from with a variety of unique sauces to enjoy. Our regular menu features delightful chicken eggrolls and scrumptious veggie pot-stickers, so including some Wontons each Wednesday will be the perfect addition. Specialty Asian-themed cocktails will be crafted by our manager and stellar mixologist Andy Davis!”

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It appears that Hollister Village Plaza in Goleta has removed Sno-Crave Tea House from their list of future tenants.



On Friday, July 22, Nona’s Deli opens at 415 E. De la Guerra Street, the former longtime home of Italian Grocery. I called Nona’s to confirm this. Thanks to readers Dad and Steve for the tips!



Convivo restaurant and bar has opened inside the Santa Barbara Inn at 901 East Cabrillo Boulevard. Hours are 7-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and 5-10 p.m. Brunch is available on weekends from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Call 845-6789 or visit convivorestaurant.com.



Helena Avenue Bakery opened on July 7 at 131 Anacapa Street in the Funk Zone. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, pickled vegetables, cheese boards and salami. Helena Avenue Bakery is open daily 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Visit facebook.com/helenaavenuebakery/



Restaurateur Larry Mindel and Chef Peter McNee will be opening Convivo restaurant and bar on Monday, July 18th at the newly remodeled Santa Barbara Inn, 901 East Cabrillo Boulevard. Convivo, whose name means ‘to come together,’ is the root word for the Latin term for ‘feast.’ Unlike previous restaurants at this location, Convivo occupies the bottom floor and includes a large outdoor patio. McNee describes his style of food for Convivo as ‘Nomad Italian’ with influences from Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and a little bit of France. “The foundation – our soul – is Italian but our destination is Santa Barbara and the menu draws from different styles and traditions along the way,” said McNee. His menu will feature cicchetti (small plates served in bite size portions), shareable antipasti, house-made pasta, wood-fired pizza and Santa Barbara’s bounty of seafood and meats roasted over a wood fire. Many dishes are served family style and everything can be shared. “Great meals are ones shared with friends and family. Conviviality is a central theme of the restaurant and the seasonally changing menu,” he adds. I asked McNee if he had a favorite dish and was told that he is very excited about the spit-roasted chicken, rubbed with harissa chermoula. Convivo is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Hours are 7-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and 5-10 p.m. Brunch is available on weekends from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Call 845-6789 or visit convivorestaurant.com.

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The latest from Pascucci, 6920 Marketplace Drive in Goleta:

HI John,

I hope you are having a great Summer! A few updates on Pascucci at the Marketplace: We are all settled in, so we have now introduced our lunch and dinner specials, which are very popular at our downtown location. Our lunch special is a choice of 2 salads, choice of 3 entrees, with a soft drink or SB Roasting Company mango iced tea for $12.99. It’s a great option for folks that have to be in-and-out quickly. Our dinner special is a choice of 2 salads, choice of 3 entrees, choice of  a glass of house wine or any tap or bottled beer, and a choice of 3 desserts, all for $21.99 ($23.99 on weekends). Also, we will be starting Happy Hour next week, 7 days a week, from 3-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 3-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. We have a huge dog-friendly patio, which is now more shady with the new awning installed.

Laura Knight