The web site for Breakfast Culture Club at 711 Chapala Street says they are open for business as usual as does their voice mail. Yelp also says Breakfast is open. However, I received these two message from readers in the last couple of days:

Heard the Breakfast Culture Club on Chapala is no more.
– Kim

I wanted to tell you that “breakfast culture club” closed and has been sold to another coffee shop.  It really did some wonderful things and served as a great community space for all sorts of non profits, musicians and artists…thanks.
– Jane



Can any one recommend a restaurant or bakery that serves tres leches cake?
Thank you.
– VT



Come eat, drink and be merry at Holidays on Haley, a neighborhood holiday party on Saturday, December 14 from 5-9 p.m. Guests can stroll the neighborhood and visit various shops, restaurants, wineries, breweries and more, located on or near Haley Street, between Laguna Street and Nopal Street. Proceeds from the evening will benefit local charities including Unity Shoppe, Toys for Tots, among others.

Guests can check-in at either Carr Winery or Potek Winery, and pick up their Holidays on Haley map. This map will be their guide to an evening of food, wine, beer, art and more. Each venue will have something new to taste, see or buy.  Participating locations include: AH Juice, Buena Onda, Caje, Carr Winery, Catherine Gee, Keefrider, Lab Social, Lito’s Mexican, Millworks, Potek Winery, Prevail Conditioning, Pure Order Brewing, Rose Cafe, Telegraph Brewing Company,  Third Window Brewing Co., Twenty-four Blackbirds & Uncorked.

Celebrate the holidays with a night on the town at Holidays on Haley! Explore all the new and emerging spots as well as some favorite hidden gems that anchor this neighborhood! Event is 21 and over. Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased at

Happy Holidays from Carr Winery

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Bluewater Grill across from Stearns Wharf on the Santa Barbara beachfront is kicking-off its 2020 Bluewater Second Tuesday Seafood + Wine Pairings with a January 14, 2020, showdown between Europe’s two famous fish stews paired with hand-selected wines from each country. Following the special events, seafoodies will be able to declare which centuries-old dish is best:  French Bouillabaisse or Italian Cioppino.

The “French Bouillabaisse vs. Italian Cioppino Tasting Event” is part of a month-long competition between the two European fish stews. The $45 tasting event features separate bowls of French Bouillabaisse, made with saffron and garlic, and a tomato based Italian Cioppino, paired with a glass of French Pinot Blanc and an Italian red, respectively.

Santa Barbara and Central Coast seafood fans unable to attend the January 14 celebration can order the same fish stews for the regular menu price throughout January; while the French and Italian wines are included on January 14 only, they can be added for the per-glass price during the remainder of the month. The French Bouillabaisse is also available as a seasonal special through January, and customers can enjoy Bluewater’s San Francisco Cioppino year-round.

Bluewater’s monthly tasting events, hosted every second Tuesday, feature seasonal seafood specialty items paired with hand-selected wines or specialty draught beers. The events include casual commentary and Q&A by the restaurant’s resident chefs, and have become a popular monthly diversion for local seafood aficionados and Bluewater Grill’s large fan base. Due to the popularity of the monthly tasting events, reservations are strongly advised. For menus, locations and operating hours for the ten unique Bluewater restaurants in Southern California and Arizona, go to

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The popular Goleta locale for good eats and drinks has revamped their brunch menu, offering an extensive selection of classic brunch dishes and Outpost originals. Executive Chef Damien Giliberti has added fresh plates worth rising for, including his sharable Crab Croquettes and House Cured Salmon with dill cream cheese, toasted sourdough, crispy capers and tomato relish. Additional offerings include a Fried Brioche French Toast with house hazelnut spread and Short Rib Tacos and Fritter Benedicts. Don’t forget to pair brunch with a cocktail, especially their popular Bloody Mary. The brunch menu is available at Outpost at the Goodland Hotel every Saturday and Sunday starting at 8am.

Brioche French Toast at the Outpost at Goodland Hotel in Goleta

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It’s tamale season! Chef Richard Lambert teaches the techniques he uses to make his
award-winning tamales and salsas. This 90-minute class is set for Sunday, December 8th, from 1-2:30 p.m. The classroom is located at 125 Harbor Way, near the Maritime Museum at the breakwater in Santa Barbara.

Each attendee will be served a variety of tamale samples and be shown how each flavor can
be created at home. Additional class handout materials include escamocha (tropical fruit dessert), recipes, a listing of ingredient sources, plus tamale reheating and storage guidelines.

Free cookbook: Attendees also receive the ebook version of Mr. Lambert’s cookbook, “Preheat to 350 Degrees,” featuring recipes along with personal anecdotes gathered over his lifetime. Tuition is $45 per person and class attendance is limited to 30 participants. Enroll online at

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Good Morning! Just noticed a big “For Lease” sign in front of the Fosters Freeze in Carpinteria. Anyone know what’s up? – Elise



Here is a list of area eateries that have closed this year. Every few months I publish a list of restaurant openings, closings, and a list of restaurants that are coming soon.

  • November 2019: Wake Cup, 901 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista (now Su’s Bowl)
  • October 2019: Bar 29, 1134 Chapala St. (changing to Yume Sushi); Ca Dario Pizzeria, 29 E. Victoria St.; The Monarch, 1295 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Pizza Guru, 3534 State St.; Soul Cal Smokehouse, 38 West Victoria St.; Stone Age Restaurant, 415 N. Milpas St.; Yume Sushi, 428 Chapala St.
  • September 2019: The Honey B @ Antioch, 602 Anacapa St.; Sal’s Pizza, 900 N. Milpas St. (changing to Dave’s Dogs); Vicenta’s, 6920 Marketplace Dr., Goleta
  • August 2019: Alito’s, 509 State St. (changing to Pascucci); High Sierra Grill, 521 Firestone Rd., Goleta; Hoffmann Brat Haus, 801 State St., Ming Dynasty, 290 Storke Rd., Goleta
  • July 2019: Giovanni’s, 1905 Cliff Dr. (rumors say it is changing to a taproom owned by Mesa Burger); The Little Door, 129 E. Anapamu St. (changing to unnamed eatery)
  • June 2019: Sweet Alley, 955 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista (now Vons Chicken
  • May 2019: Ca’Dario Pasta Veloce, 38 W. Victoria St. (now Locale); Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 1209 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (changing to Mesa Burger); Goa Taco, 718 State St. (now Apna Indian Cuisine); Senor Frogs, 892 Linden Ave., Carpinteria; Smithy, 7 E. Anapamu St. (now La Cocina)
  • April 2019: Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, 6530 Seville Rd., Isla Vista (now Mojo Tea House, Ike’s moved to 1936 State St.); Jersey Mike’s Subs, 1213 State St. (changing to Taqueria Santa Barbara); Red Pepper Restaurant, 282 Orange Ave., Goleta (reopening)
  • March 2019: Green Star Coffee, 38 W. Victoria St.; La Bella Rosa Bakery, 7127 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • February 2019: Kahuna Grill, 7010 Camino Real Marketplace, Goleta (now Mesa Burger)
  • January 2019: Giovanni’s, 1187 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (changing to Ca’ Dario); Rodney’s Grill at the Hilton, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd.
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Here is a list of area eateries that have opened in the last year:

  • November 2019: Su’s Bowl, 901 Embarcadero Del Mar #100, Isla Vista; The Daisy, 1221 State St.; Vons Chicken, 955 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista
  • October 2019: Hook’d Bar & Grill, 1 Lakeview Dr.; Oku, 29 E. Cabrillo Blvd.; Wabi Sabi Sushi Bar, 38 W. Victoria Street #119
  • September 2019: Asie Dumpling House, 511 State St.; Eleven14 Craft House and Kitchen, 1114 State St.; Jeannine’s Bakery, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta; Meet Up Restaurant, 2251 Las Positas Rd.; Starbucks Drive-Thru, 4791 Calle Real
  • August 2019: Embermill, 1031 State St.; La Michoacána Premier, 21 N. Milpas St.; Low Pigeon Coffee Roasters, 401 E. Haley St.
  • July 2019: Apna Indian Cuisine, 718 State St.; Challwa Peruvian Cuisine, 724 E. Haley St.; Corazon Cocina, 214 State St.; Estilo Jalisco Grilled Tacos, 209 S. Milpas St.; La Cocina, 7 E. Anapamu St.; Oppi’z Bistro and Natural Pizza, 1026 State St.
  • June 2019: Fala Bar, 38 W. Victoria St. (SB Public Market); Locale, 38 W. Victoria St. (SB Public Market);
  • May 2019: Caffe Luxxe, 1028 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Caje, 416 E. Haley St.; Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, 1936 State St.; Merci Montecito, 1028 Coast Village Rd., Montecito; Mesa Burger, 7010 Marketplace Dr., Goleta
  • April 2019: Alito’s, 509 State St. (now closed); Caruso’s at Miramar, 1759 S. Jameson Ln., Montecito; Cubaneo, 418 State St.; Hanamura Cantonese Dim Sum, 901 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista; Malibu Farm at Miramar, 1759 S. Jameson Ln, Montecito; Sushi|Bar at Montecito Inn, 1295 Coast Village Rd., Montecito
  • March 2019: The Little Things Bakery, 2018 Cliff Dr.
  • February 2019: Bossie’s Kitchen, 901 N. Milpas St.; Mala Town, 6555 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • January 2019: California Tacos and Taproom, 956 Embarcadero Del Norte, Isla Vista; Choppa Poke, 716 State St.; Masala Spice, 5796 Calle Real, Goleta; Soul Cal Smokehouse, 38 W. Victoria St. (now closed); Sup and Jus, 7060 Hollister Ave., Goleta
  • December 2018: Cafe Ana, 1201 Anacapa St.; Jersey Mike’s Subs, 1054 Casitas Pass Rd., Carpinteria; Online Pizza Company, 5756 Calle Real, Goleta; Rockfire Grill, 6583 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • November 2018: Buena Onda, 1131 State St.; Khao Kaeng, 1187 Coast Village Rd. Ste. 9, Montecito


The Santa Barbara News-Press reports that Tyler David Beerman, age 33 and the owner of Mexican restaurant Vegan GreenGO at 3613 State Street, has been charged with soliciting the murder of his ex-girlfriend, a judge, and two Sheriff’s officials from County Jail. The report also says that in December 2018, Mr. Beerman and a current girlfriend were charged with stalking Mr. Beerman’s ex-girlfriend. Mr. Beerman was very kind and charismatic when I met him and took this photo at the opening of his restaurant in May 2018. I don’t yet know the status of the eatery.



Reader Eric says that at  6100-1 Hollister Avenue  (a newly-built office plaza directly across the street from High Sierra Grill) there is a sign on the window for “Dean – a Coffee Shop“. I stopped by to check it out and confirmed, and noticed that it appears it will be awhile before they open. Here is a message from owner Jennifer Shively:

Hi there, yes to confirm Dean: a coffee shop will be opening hopefully in February of this coming year. It is owned by Jennifer Shively, current owner of Lunchbox. Lunchbox has specialized in group lunch delivery for the past 20 years. The shop will be a combination of great coffee and a grab & go that is fully stocked with salads, sandwiches, snacks & reheatable meals for the local surrounding businesses. Because of the exceptional patio we hope to host many events as well for local non-profits and nearby businesses. Ideally, we will fulfill the niche need for reasonably priced simple fare available at your favorite local hangout. If you’re on your way to work and stop for a coffee you may find yourself picking up your lunch; and if you stop in for lunch you may well find yourself having a cup of coffee. Hopefully we will make the locals happy with our offerings. Personally I love the space and the patio is lounge-worthy once we outfit it with everything it needs. Also a great spot to bring your four-legged friend.




Reader Saul says that  delivery of a traditional  Thanksgiving meal will be available this year through Restaurant Connection. These eateries will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu for delivery: Stella Mare’s, Ca Dario – Goleta, Sunshine Cafe, Wine Bistro, Due Lune, and Dargan’s Irish Pub. Visit

Due Lune will be open 5-9pm on Thanksgiving and serving a special Thanksgiving menu, as well as their normal dinner menu. The meal, which includes roasted turkey breast, chestnuts stuffing, mashed potatoes, string beans, and cranberry sauce, costs $32.

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Reader Annie says that Kamran and Company, purveyors of food service and laundry equipment at 411 East Montecito Street is moving and is having huge kitchen supply sale. I am told that all smallware is almost half off and some equipment is on sale as well.



Reader Joe tells me that We Cook at 901 Embarcadero Del Mar #100, has closed and that a new restaurant named Su’s Bowl is now open at that address, and under new ownership. Last June I wrote that 2019 UC Santa Barbara alumna Sophie Xu had purchased Sweet Alley at 955 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista and planned to transform it into Vons Chicken, a San Jose-based franchise that serves over 10 different renditions of authentic Korean fried chicken. Read Joe says Vons Chicken is now open and that Sophie Xu is also the owner of Su’s Bowl. Apparently Xu is building a local empire as she also owns Uniboil in Old Town Goleta and I am told that she has a fourth restaurant in her sights.

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A rep for Smart & Final at 217 East Gutierrez Street is telling customers, and told me that they are taking over the OfficeMax space next door. Further investigations reveals that there were discussions between the two businesses to take over a few feet of the space but that no deal was done. OfficeMax will continue to be open as usual.



Reader Annie was was looking at office listings on Craig’s List and noticed that the lease for 1187 Coast Village Rd, Suite 9, the home of Khao Kaeng by Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, is up for sale. Khao Kheng is open for business as usual and it is not out of the ordinary for an established restaurant to test the market for a lease sale.

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This just in from reader Josh:

“I am at Choppa Ice Cream in Goleta and they were out of many toppings so I asked what’s up and they said because they were closing next month they are not restocking anything anymore.  The girl behind the counter said that the owner was planning on turning it into an Asian food restaurant.”

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Following up on a rumor I published on November 11th, Acme Hospitality has announced it is taking the reins at Santa Barbara’s popular downtown dining destination, the Paradise Café.  While the team at Acme will be taking over operations for the restaurant after the first of the year, Paradise owner Randy Rowse will continue to be deeply involved and the current staff will be asked to stay.

The Acme team promises to continue to deliver all of the old favorites from the Paradise while making necessary updates to the menu, cocktail/wine program and the physical space. During the transition, Paradise Café anticipates a brief closure from January 1-5, 2020.

Chef Weston Richards, previously from Les Marchands, will be leading the kitchen to create a locally sourced, seasonal, scratch-made menu. The wine program will feature small production Santa Barbara County favorites with a few selections from abroad thrown in.  Changes will be rolled out slowly over time with feedback from regular guests and staff as a guide.

“As a long time Santa Barbara resident and a frequent guest of the Paradise over the last 20 years, I am thrilled at the opportunity to steward this iconic restaurant in to the future,” said Sherry Villanueva, Acme’s co-founder and leader. “Having the business pass on to a local was important to all of us. Our plan is to keep as many of the popular elements as we can while breathing new life in to the café.”

This is a special moment for the restaurant community of Santa Barbara, bringing together two trusted restaurateurs in a historic, beautiful space to continue the legacy of the Paradise Café for many years to come.



I added two restaurants to the 2019 Thanksgiving Guide that will be serving a tradition turkey meal on the popular holiday:

  • Ca’ Dario Cucina Italiana;  Goleta; $30; 3-9pm; 884-9419
  • Frog Bar & Grill, Glenn Annie Golf Course; $47 adults, $23 ages 12 and below; 11am-3pm; 968-0664


From November 18th to 24th, chefs and restaurants across Santa Barbara county will take part in Ocean Friendly Restaurants Week, a unique culinary event celebrating restaurants that are committed to reducing plastic pollution while serving outstanding cuisine with local, fresh ingredients.

Each participating Ocean Friendly Restaurant will select a dish from their menu that was created using sustainable ingredients, and a portion of the proceeds from each dish sold will go directly to support ocean conservation projects of the Surfrider Foundation Santa Barbara Chapter, an environmental non-profit focused on coastal protection. Those interested in supporting can simply dine at any of the participating restaurants, ask for the Ocean Friendly Restaurants Week special and enjoy great food while dining for a good cause. Participating restaurants include AH Juice Organics, Brasil Arts Cafe, Oppi’z, Rincon Brewery Carpinteria, Satellite, Bibi Ji, Bossies Kitchen, Bouchon, Cava Restaurant, Embermill, and Mesa Verde.

“Our family loves the ocean and we want to protect her by helping to keep it clean for our future generations. The ocean is our backyard and we are honored to be part of the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program.” said Daniel Yoshimi, the owner of Brasil Arts Cafe, a Platinum member of the program.

The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program is celebrating the conclusion of its first year in Santa Barbara County with 32 restaurants adopting ocean friendly practices like not using plastic bags and following proper recycling techniques. Platinum level Ocean Friendly Restaurants go above and beyond to implement all 11 program criteria, including carrying sustainable seafood and implementing water conservation practices.

“We’re so grateful for this growing community of local restaurants that share Surfrider’s passion for protecting our coasts,” said Morgan Visalli, a marine scientist at UC Santa Barbara who serves on the Executive Committee of the Surfrider Foundation Santa Barbara Chapter. “Plastic pollution is a top threat facing our ocean and we can all do something to address it by supporting our local Ocean Friendly Restaurants.”

The Santa Barbara Ocean Friendly Restaurants program was launched through a partnership between the Surfrider Foundation Santa Barbara Chapter and the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara, and is generously supported by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, the Zegar Family Foundation, Emmett Foundation, and Cheryl and John Gerngross. For more information and to view a full list of participating restaurants and upcoming events visit:



This just in from Finch & Fork restaurant at 31 W Carrillo Street:

“This November, Finch & Fork is keeping it all in the CHAMily!

We invite you to gather around the table for an evening that takes us all back to Executive Chef Peter Cham’s Cambodian roots. The multi-course, family-style dinner will feature traditional Cambodian cuisine served alongside truly great company. The CHAMily dinner is Sunday, November 17 at 6:30pm. Tickets are available for $65 per person with a portion of proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry. Guests will sip on a welcome cocktail crafted by lead bartender George Piperis and optional wine + beer pairing is also available.

Come experience flavors inspired by Chef Cham’s heritage and gather with our community at Finch & Fork.”

 Finch & Fork Executive Chef Peter Cham

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I have confirmed that recently-closed Yume Sushi has taken over the lease from Bar 29 at 1134 Chapala Street, which is also the former home of Hungry Cat. Yume Sushi at 428 Chapala Street closed at the of last month.

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Reader Primetime sent me a photo of an ABC permit application that has appeared at 129 East Anapamu Street, the former home of The Little Door, The French Table, and Elements Restaurant & Bar. The notice indicates that the next occupant will be a restaurant owned by Bella Holdings LLC where Elie M. Genadry is the managing member.



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. Make your reservations early because many places will sell out and if the place you’d like to go is already sold out this year, then make reservations at least three months in advance next year.

Though I have included information about a turkey dinner, other entrées may be available. Joining my 13th  annual Thanksgiving list in 2019 are the three dining options at the Rosewood Miramar Beach, including Caruso’s, Malibu Farms, and the Chandelier Ballroom. The popular Stonehouse and Plow & Angel restaurants at the San Ysidro Ranch have returned to the list this year, having recovered from the devastating Montecito floods of 2018.

This year I created a separate page for the Santa Barbara Thanksgiving Guide so it will be easier for people to find on Google. When it’s buried in a blog it can be hard to locate good, local Thanksgiving information.

The 2019 Thanksgiving Guide



A couple of rumors are circulating around town right now. One is that the iconic Paradise Cafe at 702 Anacapa Street is being sold to ACME Hospitality, the owners of The Lark, Loquita, Lucky Penny, Pearl Social, and more. The other rumor suggests that the Wine Cask was sold, or is being sold, to someone high up in the Walt Disney Company. As always, these rumors might be completely false or a brilliant forecast of future events. Your call.



This just in from reader Eric:

“Drove past the old Red Pepper Chinese Restaurant (282 Orange Ave) and saw a Public Notice of Application for Ownership Change on the front window. Applicant was “Uncle L Inc”. Also noticed a new mailbox hung on the front of the building with “Red Pepper” decaled onto it. Interior is a total construction zone. Looks like they may be opening back up in the near future.”



Bar 29, which opened in the former Hungry Cat space at 1134 Chapala Street in January 2017, has closed. Rumor has it that recently closed Chapala neighbor Yume Sushi is interested in the spot. Thanks to readers Everett, Bossman, and Primetime for the tips.

Reader Primetime sent me this photo of the Bar 29 with the windows covered over.



More than a year ago I reported that The Daisy is coming to 1221 State Street, opposite the Granada Theatre. The Daisy is a restaurant, a wine and beer bar, and a marketplace. Management tells me that opening day is Monday, November 18th at 8 a.m. Here is the official press-release:

The Daisy is a fresh, beautiful and friendly restaurant, marketplace and beer & wine bar in the heart of Santa Barbara.  Producing modern, seasonal Californian food, with vibrant flavors and using only the best ingredients.

Sit inside the light and airy space or out on the patio, watching the world go by on State Street; sipping a glass of wine from one of our sixteen taps or nursing a cup of locally roasted Low Pigeon coffee.  Everything is made in-house and our produce is sourced from the nearby farmers markets.

If you’re in a rush and need something to take home, pick up one of our delicious veggie-grain salads or sandwiches or some house-made hummus or house-smoked salmon, along with a half bottle of wine from our marketplace. Everyone is welcome at The Daisy.  We look forward to seeing you!

Visit or call 845-0188.

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Ashley Parker Snider, daughter of the late Fess Parker, has announced that The Bear and Star restaurant, which opened in May 2017 inside Fess Parker Wine Country Inn at 2860 Grand Ave in Los Olivos, will close at the end of the year. The Bear and Star showcases “Refined Ranch Cuisine” inspired by the Santa Ynez Valley and the heritage of the Parker family. The name of the restaurant was derived from the fact that the eatery is in California (the bear) and that Chef John Cox is originally from Texas (the star). The eatery frequently hosted famous guest chefs and The Restaurant Guy was thrilled to be invited to several special events. Cox, who previously worked at the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, will head north again to focus on Cultura, his mezcal bar in Carmel, and Cult Taco, an eatery in Monterey. The Parker family is in the process of finding a new tenant. Before The Bear and Star arrived, the space was occupied by Petros, Restaurant Marcella, and Wine Cask.

The Bear and Star restaurant in Los Olivos



Hollister Brewing Company at 6980 Marketplace Drive in Goleta has started packaging their beer in a can. Here is a message I received about it:

“HBC is excited to announce we are now selling our beer in 16oz can 4-packs. Our first release, Juiceometry Hazy IPA, is $20.00 + tax and CRV and ONLY available at our brewpub. Stay tuned and sign up on our new website to get advanced notice of our new can releases coming down the pipeline.”