Monthly Archives: March 2018

RETURN OF CHICKEN IN A BARREL BBQ?

Reader Bill says that the former home of Petrini’s at 5711 Calle Real in Goleta might be the future home of Chicken in a Barrel BBQ. In 2016 reader Nancy spotted a sign for Chicken In A Barrel BBQ, coming … Continue reading

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CRISTINO’S BAKERY OPENS IN GOLETA

Reader Cris tells me that Cristino’s Bakery opened last year at 170 Aero Camino in Goleta, an industrial area on the north side of Hollister. Call 455-6900.

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SUNSHINE CAFÉ TO REPLACE MAX’S

Last week I wrote that Max’s Restaurant & Cucina, a longtime breakfast/brunch/lunch institution at 3514 State Street will be closing towards the end of this month after 33 years in business.  Proprietor Henrietta Forystek is retiring after a long career … Continue reading

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NEW TACO SHOP ON MILPAS

Readers Steve H and Brendan says that Tacos Pipeye just opened at 217 North Milpas Street, on that funny triangular lot that used to be Pavlako’s way back when and more recently, La Colmena. I am told that Pipeye started … Continue reading

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FRANKLAND’S OPENS NEXT WEEK

Frankland’s Crab & Co., coming to the Montecito Inn at 1295 Coast Village Road, is officially opening Friday, April 6th.

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SUZANNE TRACHT FOR CHEF’S TABLE DINNER

Los Olivos’ The Bear and Star, serving “Refined Ranch Cuisine” inspired by the Parker family at the eponymous Fess Parker Inn continues their collaborative Chef’s Table Dinners with award-winning Chef Suzanne Tracht on Tuesday, April 10. The six-course tasting dinner … Continue reading

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LOCAVORE KITCHEN REPLACING THE NUGGET ON VICTORIA

Readers Annie, Andre, José, SA, Diane, Jonathan, and Eric passed me the word that The Nugget at 21 West Victoria Street has closed. The restaurant opened in July 2015 and was preceded at the address by Arlington Tavern, HobNob Tavern, … Continue reading

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QUESTION OF THE DAY

Hi John Dickson: Do you know of any restaurants in the Carp to Goleta area that serve TEA, as in high tea? I already know of Anderson’s Bakery, The Biltmore, and El Encanto. I know there are no proper tea … Continue reading

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WILDWOOD CAFÉ OPENS AT THE MUSEUM OF ART

Chef Justin West from Wildwood Kitchen at 412 East Haley Street, and the former Julienne at 138 East Canon Perdido Street, has opened his latest creation at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, formerly Fire & Ice Museum Café. “We … Continue reading

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PARTY AT ZODO’S

Reader Annie says that Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond in Goleta is having a “Grand Re-opening” April 4-8 to celebrate their new renovations. Thursday 4/5 – Throwback pricing in the bar/restaurant, pizza’s, burgers, apps. DJ Hectic performing 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday … Continue reading

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EASTER BRUNCH AT LOQUITA

Loquita at 202 State Street celebrates Easter Brunch on Sunday, April 1, with a lavish “San Sebastian”- Style Brunch designed by Chef Peter Lee. Inspired by Spain’s most renowned resort on the Bay of Biscay, the brunch re-creates the beach-side … Continue reading

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ISLANDS A BIG SUCCESS

A month after opening, I recently dined at the new Islands restaurant in La Cumbre Plaza on a rainy Monday night and the place was packed. Manager Ryan Coghill tells me that this has been the busiest opening of any … Continue reading

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THE CRYSTAL BALL KNOWS ALL

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: 212 Hot Pot, 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista (formerly Kol’s … Continue reading

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THE DAISY COMING TO STATE

Reader Bruce spotted a sign at 1221 State Street, a couple of doors down from Arigato, that indicates an eating place by the name of The Daisy is coming. It is owned by Thistle and Poppy, Inc. and they are … Continue reading

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MAX’S TO CLOSE AFTER 33 YEARS

This just in from Max’s Restaurant & Cucina at 3514 State Street: “Max’s Restaurant & Cucina, a longtime breakfast/brunch/lunch institution, as well as the home of many winemaker dinners, will be closing towards the end of this month after 33 … Continue reading

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FRANKLAND’S COMING SOON

Reader Annie says that Frankland’s Crab Shack at Montecito Inn opens up this month.  Annie says that the restaurant coming next door scratched the name Scratch and will be named Monarch instead. Monarch is owned by same owners of Frankland’s. … Continue reading

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NEW BREW ON STATE

Reader Steve H. says that Libertine Brewing Company is coming to 430 State Street, which is a few doors down from the new Craft Ramen. I am told that they have locations in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, pubs … Continue reading

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CARPINTERIA UPDATE

This just in from reader Ozzie: “I hear a new restaurant will be opening at the old Nugget location in Carpinteria.  Rumor has it that it will be a seafood place.  There has been a lot of construction activity there … Continue reading

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BLUEWATER GRILL READY TO OPEN

On November 2016 I broke the news that Bluewater Grill is coming to Santa Barbara at 15 East Cabrillo Boulevard. Now I’m happy to report that the sustainable seafood eatery has arrived, with an official opening day of Monday, March … Continue reading

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LA ARCADA BISTRO TO BECOME A PIZZA PLACE

I spoke with La Arcada Bistro at 1112 State Street and was told that the business was sold and will close when escrow does in late March. Reader Gerry (and a few others) tell me that this will be a … Continue reading

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