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 Thanksgiving. This list includes all restaurants open that day, not just eateries offering a traditional turkey meal.

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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 Hotel,” said a family representative.



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 deli that offers snacks, sushi wraps, rice bowls, and salads. You can order off the featured menu or build your own meal. Call 324-4430 or visit

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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 quickly walked over to check it out and I can personally confirm that the sweeping mountains-to-islands views are stunning, especially at sunset. A great view is not something people usually associate with a bar in Goleta unless you happen to be going for drinks at the Beachside Bar Café. The rooftop opens at 4 p.m. and includes a bar, tables, couches, and two fireplaces.

A good selection of beer, wine, and cocktails is available. The evening menu currently includes marinated olive mix ($8), breaded Portobello fries ($10), cheese board ($16), charcuterie board ($18), roasted beet and grilled heirloom tomato ($11), shrimp-avocado salsa ($14), and margherita flatbread ($12). A rooftop lunch menu is planned, starting in late November or early December.

While wandering the premises of the new Hilton I discovered that not all of the good stuff is restricted to the roof. Near the entrance downstairs is a full restaurant, not affiliated with Spyglass Bistro & Bar, that includes a $16 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Breakfast includes a cold station with coffee, juices, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal and other offerings. The hot line will serve you omelets, scrambles, potatoes, bacon, sausage links, sausage patties, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and more. All the eggs are cooked to order and daily breakfast specials are available, such as eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, and more. This appears to be one of the best breakfast deals in town and I plan to try it out soon. Breakfast hours are 6-10 a.m. Monday-Friday and 7-11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.

The downstairs restaurant at the Hilton also includes offerings available all day including soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and flatbread ranging from $6 -$14. Entrees include BBQ ribs ($22), grilled vegetable pasta primavera ($27), pasta marinara ($16), smothered chicken ($21), grilled salmon ($23), and grilled sirloin ($25).



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 me the sign is gone and there are no signs of construction. I have removed them from the Crystal Ball.

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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 wine in the near future. Two days later the restaurant closed, the windows were papered over, and their phone number was disconnected. No explanation was posted outside the business and their web site has not been updated to reflect current events. They have been closed ever since.

Photo by reader Cris



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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. On Tuesday readers told me that the restaurant was closed all day with no notice on the door explaining why. Today, Wednesday, all phone calls go to voice mail, so I assume they are closed again. I don’t know if this is temporary or permanent.



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 Bear and Star, Blackbird, and Wildwood Kitchen. Make reservations early because many places will be sold out in advance.
For the first time in 11 years of creating this list, I have included prices for a turkey dinner and hours, where available. Other entrées may be available for different prices.

  • Alys Restaurant; $80; 3:30-8:45pm; 697-7082
  • Angel Oak at Bacara (sold out); $110; 5-10pm; 968-0100
  • Bacara Ballroom; $95 adults, $45 ages 12 and below; 10:30am-2pm; 571-3018
  • Ballard Inn Restaurant; $85; 3-8pm; 800-638-2466
  • The Bear and Star at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn; $55 adults, $20 ages 12 and below; noon-7pm; 686-1359
  • Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore (sold out); $125; 11am-7pm; 969-2261
  • Belmond El Encanto Dining Room; $105 adults, $45 kids; 11am-8pm; 845-5800
  • Blackbird; $140 adults, $40 ages 4-12; 5-10pm; 882-0135
  • The Black Sheep; $65; 4-8:30pm; 965-1113
  • bouchon; $85; 3:30-8:30pm; 730-1160
  • Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn (sold out); $75 adults, $35 ages 12 and below; 1-6pm; 688-4142
  • The Buffet at Chumash Casino Resort; $29.95; 1-8pm; 686-0855
  • Ca’ Dario Ristorante & Pizzeria; ~$29; 4-10pm; 884-9419
  • Cadiz; ~$32; 5-9:30pm; 770-2760
  • C’est Cheese; take-and-bake whole turkey, at least seven days’ notice: $75 (14-16 lbs.), $100 (20-22 lbs.);  apple pie $40; cheesecake $55; 965-0318
  • Cold Spring Tavern; $65 adults, $35 kids; 11am-7:45pm; 967-0066
  • Convivo at the Santa Barbara Inn; $60 adults, $20 ages 12 and below; 11am-9pm; 845-6789
  • Crocodile Restaurant & Bar at the Lemon Tree Inn; call for information; 687-6444
  • Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant; $25; 11:30am-9pm; 568-0702
  • Finch & Fork at Kimpton Canary Hotel; $80 adults, $30 kids; 2-7pm; 879-9100
  • Fresco Café; takeout side dishes and dessert only, at least four days’ notice; side dishes $5 per person; $15-25 pies; 967-6037
  • Frog Bar & Grill at Glenn Annie Golf Course; $45 adults, $19 ages 12 and below; noon-5pm; 968-0664
  • Harbor Restaurant; $75 adults, $15.95 ages 10 and below; noon-9pm; 963-3311
  • Harry’s Plaza Café; $24.95; 11am-11pm; 687-2800
  • Helena Avenue Bakery; everything but turkey; takeout with at least one days’ notice; priced à la carte; 880-3383
  • High Sierra Grill & Bar; $17.99 adults, $9.99 ages 12 and below; 8am-5pm; 845-7030
  • Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood; $31; noon-9pm; 965-3363
  • Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels; takeout, at least four days’ notice; $165 feeds 10, $16.95 by the plate; 319-0155
  • Joe’s Café; ~$24; 4-9pm; 966-4638
  • Live Oak Café; $25; 11am-4pm; 845-5193
  • Longboards Grill; $24.95; 11am-10pm; 963-3311
  • Louie’s California Bistro at The Upham; $55 adults, $27.50 ages 12 and below; 2-8:30pm; 963-7003
  • Moby Dick Restaurant; ~$25.95; 11-8:30pm; 965-0549
  • Montecito Wine Bistro; $60 adults, $30 ages 12 and below; 11am-6pm; 969-7520
  • Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar; $30.99 adults, $16.99 ages 10 and below; noon-5pm; 682-3228
  • Plow & Angel at San Ysidro Ranch (sold out); $80 adults, $40 ages 12 and below; noon-8:30pm; 565-1720
  • Root 246; $75 adults, $25 ages 12 and below; 2-8pm; 686-8681
  • Roy; $55; 3-9pm; 966-5636
  • Santa Barbara Brewing Company; ~$25 adults, ~$12 ages 10 and below; noon-10pm; 730-1040
  • The Set at The Fess Parker – a DoubleTree Resort by Hilton; $22; 11:30am-11pm; 564-4333
  • Shoals Restaurant at Cliff House Inn; ~$69; 1:30-8pm; 652-1381
  • Stella Mare’s; $62; noon-8pm; 969-6705
  • The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch (sold out); $140 adults, $70 ages 12 and below; noon-8:30pm; 565-1720
  • Tee-Off Restaurant & Lounge; $26.95; 3-9pm; 687-1616
  • Trattoria Mollie; $65; 11:30am-9:30pm; 565-9381
  • Treehouse Restaurant; $22; noon-8pm; 687-2426
  • Wildwood Kitchen; $50 adults, $25 ages 10 and below; 2-6pm; 845-3995
  • Willows at Chumash Casino Resort; $65; 2-9pm; 686-0855
  • Wine Cask; $75 adults, kids à la carte; 4-9pm; 966-9463


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.



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 Co., Yankee Noodle and Union Ale. Rambo also says that Captain Fatty’s craft brewery is moving in as well and will occupy the back of the space.



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 Marys.



Readers Wade & Primetime say that signage on the Sandbar at 514 State Street indicates that a “Grand Re-Opening” will take place on Thursday, November 9th.  According to Aaron the Manager, the kitchen is entirely new and the dining and drinking areas are receiving a fresh new paint job.

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This just in from reader Krista:

“Hello John, I’m excited to announce the very first Santa Barbara Restaurant Week will take place on February 23 through March 4, 2018. Jordano’s, Pacific Beverage and Mission Linen, all known for their restaurant services, will be supporting this event. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus for either $25, $35 and $45. It’s the perfect excuse to get out, discover and enjoy all the creative, fresh and fine cuisine in Santa Barbara! Our main goal is to sign up restaurants to participate in this event, and we would love your help!” Visit

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Outpost at The Goodland, 5650 Calle Real in Goleta, presents their third annual Ramenfest on Sunday, November 12th from 12-4 p.m. Santa Barbara’s top restaurant teams, including returning champions Sama Sama and Finch & Fork, as well as fest newcomers Industrial Eats and Barbareño, will come together to put forth their best ramen recipes. This friendly competition will offer a taste of a variety of ramen, from the traditional to the unique, for the public’s “Ramen King of Santa Barbara” vote. DJ Darla Bea will be setting the vibe, while Young’s Market will be sampling Japanese beer, sake and whiskey.

Fest-goers can purchase tickets at General admission tickets are $55, which includes tastings from each participating restaurant, a cocktail, and samplings from Young’s Market. Partial proceeds from Ramenfest will be donated to No Kid Hungry, which works to end childhood Hunger in America. Local chefs also participate in the annual Chefs Cycle, a 300 mile bike ride down the coast to benefit No Kid Hungry.



This just in from reader Adam: “Hey guys ..the old Bo Henry’s on San Andres is now The Tully Bar. Great west side spot, cleaned up, and beautiful !!!! Stop by and see owner Tanya Tully.”

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The Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara says the company that owns the property at 700 State Street, formerly Panera Bread, Left At Albuquerque, and Ma Dolce Vita, confirmed it will turn part of the 5700-square foot building on 700 State Street into a 7-Eleven store and will look for other tenants to share the space. In Goleta a 7-Eleven has opened at 5342 Hollister Avenue, the former home of Mama’s Bakery.



They have given many interviews during their quest to win the election for mayor of Santa Barbara. But until now no reporter has had the courage to hammer the candidates with the one hardball question you want answered most: “What are your favorite restaurants in town?” I reached out to everyone seeking to lead the next era of our beautiful city. Here are the responses I received, in alphabetical order:

HAL CONKLIN: “Tough question because my list would be long. Here are my favorite ‘go to’ places:  1) Jane Restaurant for a cozy atmosphere, good prices, and the best Chicken Picata dinner and best Coconut Cake desert in town!  2) Love the steaks and grilled artichoke at Holdren’s.  3) I love the Tom Ka Kai soup at Your Place on Milpas!”

ANGEL MARTINEZ: “Barbareño: It’s our son, Julian’s, restaurant! But besides that, the attention to detail in all the menu items is unique in Santa Barbara. It is a very creative menu, featuring farm to table cuisine. It has the best tri-tip I’ve ever had. Los Agaves: We love Mexican food and this is our favorite. It it very authentic and features Carlos Luna’s family recipes. Trattoria Victoria: We love Italian home cooking. The food here is simple, not at all fussy, but very tasty. And they have the best Martinis in town!”

CATHY MURILLO: “Close to City Hall, Pacific Crepes is my favorite lunch spot. The French onion soup is exceptional, as is the homemade salad dressing. Eating alone and on-the-run, I sit at Pascucci‘s bar and order the Caesar salad with shrimp. I feel like the waitstaff are all friends! There are so many good breakfast places: I like the chili bean omelette from Judge for Yourself, Freddie Villa’s machaca at Rose Cafe on Haley, and veggie scramble at Cajun Kitchen on Chapala. For special occasions and birthdays, I prefer the Palace Grill for the food and festive atmosphere. General cravings: chile relleno from El Zarape (Wednesdays only), dry-rub chicken wings from Taffy’s Pizza, and old-fashioned spaghetti dinner from Petrini’s.”

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Reader Primetime reports that PokeCeviche has opened at 901 Embarcadero del Mar Isla Vista, the former home of Jimmy Johns. Another location is coming soon to Paseo Nuevo, immediately to the left of Brookstone.

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I spoke with a representative with Outback Steakhouse at 5690 Calle Real in Goleta who told me their lease is up for renewal next month and that rent was increased so much that they won’t be able to stay. I was told that the restaurant will be closing permanently November 12th. They hope to relocate somewhere else in town but it won’t happen any time soon, if it happens at all.



Reader Primetime sent me a tip that Frankland’s Crab and Company, billed as “a modern American shell shack,” is coming very soon to 1295 Coast Village Road inside the Montecito Inn. I am told that they are ready to open and are waiting a final permit from Santa Barbara. Chef Phillip Frankland Lee is opening multiple restaurants at the Montecito Inn including Monarch, and Scratch Restaurant in the former home of Montecito Cafe. Frankland’s menu focuses on fresh seafood including Local Ridgeback, Snow Crab Claws, Maine Lobster, White Gulf Prawns, Wild-Caught King Crab Legs, and freshly shucked Fried Oysters and Clams. A variety of sandwiches, burgers and fried side dishes are also available in addition to Fish and Chips. Chef Lee opened his first Frankland’s last May at 16101 Ventura Boulevard in Encino. Visit

.Photo by Primetime



Barbecue restaurant Wildwood Kitchen at 410 East Haley Street, which offers salads, smoked meats, sandwiches, local wine, draft beer, cocktails and a courtyard patio, has added free food for kids to the menu. One free dine-in kids plate is available for children 9 years old and younger for every $10 spent at Wildwood.

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Reader Primetime says he heard that Copenhagen Sausage Garden of Solvang is opening a second location in the Funk Zone. Details will be offered as they become available.

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Sandbar restaurant at 514 State Street closed last August after a kitchen fire and now there are signs that a comeback is in the works. A large sign out front indicates that the restaurant is hiring for all positions and will be open for interviews Friday October 27th 2-7 p.m. and Saturday October 28th 1-5 p.m. For details email Thanks to reader Primetime for the tip.

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Chinese restaurant Lao Ma Tou has opened at 511 State Street, the former home of Barbarians Pizza, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and Taiko. Lao Ma Tou specializes in Chongqing hot pots and you cook your meal on the heating pad built into every table. The menu includes 20 styles of meat for $8-$17 each, 15 selections of seafood for $10-$12 each, and 36 varieties of vegetables for $5-$9 each. Restaurant hours are Sunday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – midnight. Call 618-1878. Thanks to readers Brendan, BBH, Lilly, and others for the tip.



Kyle’s Kitchen has opened their third area restaurant at 7060 Hollister Avenue in Goleta at the east end of Hollister Village Plaza across from Costco. Their first South Coast location opened on Calle Real in December 2014 and a second opened last April on Chapala Street in the former home of Silvergreens. The full Kyle’s Kitchen menu is available (including the popular Klassic Kyle, Double K and Ahi in my Body burgers) and a few new things have been added that are not available elsewhere. Where other locations offer two flavors of ice cream, the new eatery offers eight (mint chocolate chip, cookies & cream, chocolate malted krunch, classic vanilla, pistachio, rainbow sherbet, mocha almond fudge, and chunky strawberry). Beer selection has been boosted from two to eight as well (Island, Draughtsman, Figueroa Mountain, Captain Fatty’s, Topa Topa, M. Special, Firestone, and Institution). A bakery has been setup at the Hollister Village Plaza restaurant which delivers fresh bread daily to all Kyle’s Kitchen locations (previously this was done at sister restaurant Silvergreens in Isla Vista). Happy Hour is offered daily from 3-6 p.m. with a variety of items available for $4 including beer, wine, specialty fries, Mt. Climber burger, and the Thai peanut salad. Hours are Sunday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Visit

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Bluewater Grill, coming in January 2018 to 15 East Cabrillo Boulevard (formerly Rusty’s Pizza and Castagnola Lobster House) has named a local executive chef. Chanel Ducharme, former chef de cuisine at the Hungry Cat, has assumed executive chef duties at Bluewater Grill. The Santa Barbara native and seafood and shellfish aficionado has a large culinary following along the Central Coast and is currently undergoing training with Bluewater Executive Chef Jason Mazur to master the Bluewater method of sustainable seafood preparation. “We are thrilled to build a culinary and management team that can introduce Santa Barbara to Bluewater’s 21-year tradition of hospitality and signature seafood and shellfish – much of caught locally off the California coast by our own fishing boat,” explained Jimmy Ulcickas, Bluewater co-founder and co-owner.

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Santa Ynez Valley native Anthony Endy returns home to join the Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort team as the new executive chef. Endy brings his extensive list of California eatery experience, ranging from local Central Coast cafes to a regional franchise, to prepare him for his new role uniting local sensibilities with elevated culinary approaches. “Alisal is an iconic Central Coast property, and I’m excited to maintain the integrity of the The Ranch and expand upon the food and beverage program with new offerings,” says Endy. “The essential elements—seasonal ingredients, classic ranch recipes, BBQs—are all there, now with a bit more technique and flare.” Endy aims to capture the essence of California cuisine with the depth of flavor and heartiness of Western ranch cooking. He plans to achieve this using locally sourced Santa Ynez Valley ingredients at their peak and is working with a local farm to grow fruits and vegetables especially for Alisal. The new menu will include vegan and vegetarian options, and a farm-to-table program with cooking classes and hands-on guest workshops that will enhance the guest experience.

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 Juice It Up!, a national raw juice bar and hand-crafted smoothie chain, has announced that is now open inside HiWi Tropical Fusion at 6555 Pardall Road in Isla Vista. “We’re thrilled to officially open Juice It Up! inside HiWi Tropical Fusion, and have the opportunity to serve healthy locals our delicious fresh-squeezed raw juices and hand-crafted smoothies,” said general manager of HiWi Tropical Fusion, Nareh Shanazarian. “With fall semester now in session, UCSB students are looking for better-for-you options to get that boost of natural energy in the morning, or that necessary afternoon pick-me-up before class begins, and that’s where Juice It Up! comes in. We can’t wait to serve students and Isla Vista residents for years to come!”

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Readers Daddy, Kay Lee and Chompee McGillicutty let me know that Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which opened last December, closes October 23rd. Chompee says that owner Steve Hermann — a Montecito-based architectural designer and hotelier who purchased the property for $2 million in 2015 and then spent “millions” more renovating it — will be remodeling the space and vibe toward a more casual concept. I am hearing that chefs Lauren Herman and Christina Olufso, along with mixologist George Piperis, will stay on. The new restaurant is expected to open two to three weeks after closing. Here is a message to you from Somerset management:

“We would like to Thank our loyal patrons for supporting us this past year. After much thought, we are closing our fine dining restaurant, Somerset, beginning October 23rd, 2017. While we have had an overwhelming amount of appreciation and support from our guests during this first year, we have found that it was time to move towards a more accessible dining experience for our Santa Barbara community. We will be closed for a brief renovation before we open our new casual restaurant in the 7 East Anapamu space. Thank you! Sincerely, Management”