As soon as a sign was put up in the window at 5599 Hollister Avenue in Old Town Goleta, letting patrons know that the Worker Bee Café is closed permanently, a sign for a different restaurant joined it: Uniboil. The Taiwanese restaurant chain that specializes in spicy hot pot noodle soups will be the next tenant in the space also once occupied by Sage & Onion Café and Deli Planet. Uniboil has locations in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, San Diego, and at UC Davis. There’s been a wave of new hot pot spots coming to Southern California with one opening recently in Isla Vista. Uniboil’s signature soup base is made with Szechuan peppercorns, but it also offers a tomato-based soup, Thai-style tom yum soup and a mild chicken broth. There are preset hot pot combinations, or you can customize your own from a long list of ingredients; the eatery sets itself apart by offering better quality meat options, from Kurobuta Pork to certified Angus beef. All hot pots come with a side of rice or vermicelli noodles. The lunch and dinner hot pots range in price from $12.99 to $15.99. Add-ons ranging in price from $0.50 to $3.95 include Angus beef, Kurobuta pork, lamb, shrimp, fish fillet, luncheon meat, popping fish ball, fish tofu, bell ringer, enoki mushroom, frozen tofu, crab legs, cabbage, corn cob, shin ramyun, udon, vermicelli, steamed rice, cheese, egg, green onion, and mashed garlic.

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  1. Ed says:

    Wow, hate to be negative but that spot is not good for any restaurant since Sizzler went away and those prices seem pretty pricy.. good luck

  2. Wei-San says:

    Just had an amazing dinner. It was really nice to see how busy it was and I am looking forward to bringing all my friends. Nice to see something more cultured in Santa Barbara.
    The location has great free parking fyi.

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