Chef Justin West, the culinary talent behind award-winning Julienne and Wildwood Kitchen, has opened a new barbecue restaurant named Soul Cal Smokehouse in the Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 West Victoria Street, in the space formerly occupied by Belcampo Meat Co. They must be doing something right because they were packed when I stopped by and Yelp is full of 5-star reviews. Reader George says “Barbecue is back in Santa Barbara, thank God!! Everything was terrific: hot hot wings, juicy ribs, rich Mac n Cheese. I would buy the BBQ sauce to take home if I could. The Public Market is really picking up,” where reader Anne says “Soul Cal Smokehouse is about to send Santa Barbara BBQ places to BBQ school. The best BBQ I have had in SB.”
The menu includes Smoked Meats $5-14 (Brisket, Tri-Tip, Pulled Pork, Pork Belly, Ham, Chicken, Turkey), Baby Back Ribs $17/lb, House Made Sausages $3-4 (Bratwurst, Jalapeno-Cheese, Turkey Andouille, Soul Cal hots, Kielbasa), Sampler Platters $17-32 (Chef’s Plate, BBQ Sampler, The BBQ King), Soup $11 (Soul Cal Chili, Daily Rotating Soup), Salads $10-12 (Kale, Thai Cobb, Soul Cal Cobb, Kale Caesar, Little Gem Wedge), Burgers $12-14 (Cheese Burger, Bacon Blue Burger, Mushroom Burger, Patty Melt, Cowboy Burger, Beyond Burger), and Sandwiches $9-14 (Smokehouse Chop, Brisket Sandwich, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Pork Belly Bahn Mi, Salmon Sandwich). Sides incluse Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Smokehouse Caviar, BBQ Beans, Braised Greens, Mac & Cheese, BBQ Tempeh, Corn Bread, Fries, and Salad.