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Lucky Penny
137 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 284-0370


Reviews by the General Public

Ho Hum, but what else is there mid day in the Funk Zone, 4/15/2014
Reviewer: Jinelle from Santa Barbara, CA
Cute concept to paste pennies on the outside wall for a copper sheath - legal? Food was at least unique in its menu descriptions but pretty blah in its excecution, unless stacking sandwiches with too much between the bread is still supposed to be cute - it is in fact annoying and hard to eat. Had the "brat wurst" with red cabbage - was in fact flavorless weisswust with bland cabbage garnish, okay mustard and less than fresh bread. I had to find a knife to slice the sausage because there was no way it could be eaten without it sliding out the back end of the skimpy roll. Edible, but that was all. Definitely not memorable. Some sort of hot, pickled veggies came with it. DH had the lamb meatballs with arugula on ciabatta which was the better choice taste wise but had a heck of a time to keep all the ingredients between the bread as well. Come prepared to make a mess, and since it gets served on little planks instead of a plate, it is hard to finish off the squished out pieces. But the good part is that you can eat while exploring the Funk Zone midday since most other places are only open at night, and they have a good location in the center of it all - quiet off street out door table that wrap around to the front of The Lark so one can get sun or shade. Coy drinks served in mason jars -- c'mon, how corny is that still? Shows you are not a serious restaurant; merely a shallow style salon. You could/should be so much better, if someone actually cared about the food's taste and eatability, instead of how things looked and sounded. Service fast and friendly. Not good value, but what do you do if you are the only game in this part of town midday. Won't be back.


Lucky Penny, 4/7/2014
Reviewer: Sally from santa barbara CA
First comment: why is there only one review of this restaurant??? Atmosphere: One of the eateries recently hatched in the Funk Zone. This place has seating on picnic like tables outside and some umbrellas (we came when it was full sun and luckily got an umbrella. Two poor patron beside us were frying in the heat.) Upbeat music playing. Service: You place an order and sit outside. For how busy the place was we did get our meals relatively on time, although the salads come out before pizza. Food: We ordered two salads and one pizza. I was really needing protein so I asked if she had a salad with meat, she said we can put meat on an salad. I glanced at the list no super wowed but choose the farro salad added chicken to it. When she said 17.00 I thought surely I had heard wrong. With my friend waiting, my bladder calling and people behind me in line I paid and sat down. The pizza was very hot, I couldn't eat it. The salad was dry, and I asked for some salad dressing, she came out and give me little more than a thimbleful.:( Summary: It's great to get eateries when you're trying wine and walking around and not have to drive. Would I go back? No, while I hear their skillet breakfasts look interesting this place is very pricey for what you get.


Funky Lucky Penny, 12/3/2013
Reviewer: Steven from Santa Barbara, CA
Serving breakfast and lunch as The Lark preps for dinner, Lucky Penny is a great place to get a casual bite in the funk zone. We've been there several times now, and my favorites are the lamb meatball sandwich and Dan Russo pizza. Fresh ingredients, unique flavors, all enjoyed in a relaxed patio setting. We also enjoyed the arugula/faro salad, especially when the cook warmed up the faro first (however, we got a little snark from one of the chefs, who didn't think the faro should be warmed). There are only two hoppy beers to choose from, and the menu itself is somewhat limited, but what they do serve is really good. Fresh baked goods and espresso drinks are also quite nice.


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