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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  1. lemonjelly says:

    The shout out to Taffy’s dry rub chicken wings is a good call.

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