Saint Bibiana pizzeria opens downtown

Reader Nathan tells me that Saint Bibiana pizzeria has opened and that last Saturday he enjoyed an amazing pie at 17 West Ortega Street, the former home of Little Kitchen which closed March 31st. Saint Bibiana is owned by Cindy Black, who opened Blue Owl restaurant in June 2012 then sold it in April 2018.

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Lighthouse Coffee opens in Turnpike Center

I was driving down Turnpike Road as I do every Saturday morning and noticed umbrellas and customers dining outside of the new Lighthouse Coffee at Turnpike Center, the home of Vons Market, Rusty’s Pizza, and several other eateries coming soon. Last February Turnpike Center lost the area’s only java joint, Goleta Coffee Company, which closed after decades in business.


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Daniel’s Bakery closed?

Readers suggest that Daniel’s Mexican Bakery 2714 De La Vina Street has ended their decades-long run at 2714 De la Vina Street. The bakery’s phone number is now disconnected.

Daniel’s Bakery on upper De La Vina has appeared closed recently. Not sure if it is permanently closed or renovations or what. Might want to take a look.
– Brendan

Daniel’s Bakery on De La Vina next to Edomasa looks to be closed. Any information on that?
– Maureen


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Loca Vivant Kitchen coming to El Mercado Shopping Center

When Goleta Coffee Company at 177 South Turnpike Road closed last February, co-tenant Loca Vivant Kitchen started looking for a new home. “Although the shopping center management has chosen a new coffee shop to operate in the Turnpike Center, we are optimistic and excited about the future for Loca Vivant Kitchen,” said co-owner Stacy Rebich Hespanha at the time. “We value our customers and are looking forward to serving them through Loca Vivant Kitchen as a wholesale vegan-friendly, gluten-free bakery, offering locally-grown, prepared foods.”

Well, Loca Vivant Kitchen has indeed found their new home and I am happy to report that it will be in the El Mercado Shopping Center at 4141 State Street Ste. E1, the former home Restaurant OPEN, Kobachi Izakaya Dining, and Kampai. Restaurant OPEN closed earlier this year after nine years in business. Loca Vivant Kitchen shares space with Menchaca Chocolates of Santa Barbara.

I am told that Loca Vivant Kitchen will have have their food items distributed wholesale, available online for pickup or eaten at benches on the patio, and also can be purchased at popups around town. They hope to open by June.


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Wine Legend Pierre Lafond Dies

Pierre Lafond, the Montreal-born entrepreneur who ushered in the region’s modern era of commercial winemaking by founding Santa Barbara Winery 60 years ago, died last Sunday morning. He was 92 years old.

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Sneak Peek: former home of Outback Steakhouse in Goleta


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New Mexican restaurant coming to Old Town Goleta

A new Mexican restaurant is coming to 5892 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, the former home of Wingman Rodeo, Gimeal Cafe, and The Natural Cafe. Karlos Gonzales, a chef who learned his craft at a culinary school in Mexico as well as at various restaurants in Santa Barbara, will be at the helm. Gonzales had worked with catering service Mariscos Titas earlier this year to open at that address but the partnership ended and I am told they went separate ways. Rumor has it that the new restaurant might be serving Mexican seafood.

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Ballard Inn update

This just in from reader Tyler:

Just wanted to let you know that The Ballard Inn [at 2436 Baseline Avenue in Ballard, CA] changed hands a couple of months ago. They have an excellent chef who is creating some Creole dishes that are amazing. It is one of my new favorite restaurants here in the Santa Ynez Valley.

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Sazon Latino restaurant opens on the west side

A new Mexican restaurant has opened on the west side at 1417 San Andres Street, the former home of Su Casa. Sazon Latino, a spinoff from Sazon Latino Catering, will have a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration on Wednesday, April 28th from 5-8 p.m.

“I grew up in the kitchen helping my mom cook and have over the years worked at several different hotels and restaurants,” says owner/chef Omar Mozqueda. “I always dreamed of opening my own restaurant and like many businesses Sazon Latino Catering was born during the pandemic. After a couple years my good friend Roberto Mendoza and I decided to team up and open Sazon Latino Restaurant. With his knowledge in meats and my passion for cooking we created a menu based on what we know best, Mexican food and more.”

Sazon Latino is open daily from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Call (805) 722-7721


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Photos from the field: Casa Comal

Here are pictures from reader Steve H. of Casa Comal which opened on April 15 at 505 State Street:

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Local opens in Montecito

Last December the Montecito Journal reported that a restaurant named “Local” is coming to 1187 Coast Village Road in Montecito, formerly Khao Kaeng. Entrepreneur Chris Chiarappa is helping bring the project to fruition. In recent years Chiarappa has opened Corner Tap, Lighthouse Coffee, Mesa Burger, and M. Kitchen. Last Saturday reader Stephen was walking to Ca’Dario Montecito and noticed that Local that was having a soft opening and said that they are having their real opening this week. Local is open 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturdays. Call (805) 770-2269 or visit localmontecito.com

Music schedule:
4/27 Wednesday David Segall
5/2 Monday Pete Muller
5/4 Wednesday Jacob Cole
5/9 Monday Alexandra Riorden
5/11 Wednesday Pete Muller and the Kindred Souls
5/16 Monday David Segall
5/18 Wednesday Luminesse
5/23 Monday Lindsey Marie

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Charity Dinner for Ukraine

On Wednesday, May 4th, Coast Range restaurant at 1635 Mission Drive in Solvang is having a fundraising dinner to benefit World Central Kitchen’s Ukraine efforts. World Central Kitchen is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters.

Five courses will be offered by the chefs: Lincoln Carson, Anthony Carron & Steven Fretz of Coast Range (Solvang); Jeff Olsson of Industrial Eats (Buellton); Budi Kazali of Ramen Kotori (Solvang); Clark Staub of Full of Life Flatbread (Los Alamos); and Luca Crestanelli of S.Y. Kitchen and Nella Kitchen & Bar (Santa Ynez and Los Olivos). Rajat Parr is gathering winemakers including Whitecraft, Stolpman, D’Alonso-Curran, Domain de la Cote, and LoFi. There will be one winemaker matched per course.

Tickets are available for $250 per person at coastrangeforukraine.eventbrite.com. Schedule: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Canapes and beverages plus a silent auction. Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. 100% of proceeds from the fundraising dinner will go directly to World Central Kitchen.

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Happy Hour returns to Pascucci

Pascucci at 509 State Street is bringing back their Happy Hour which will be offered Monday-Friday 3-5 p.m. They will be featuring:  a signature house Margaritas made with 100% agave Rancho Alegre tequila and fresh lime juice for $5, House Chardonnay and Cabernet $5, Well cocktails $5, and bottle beer and white claws $4. Pascucci offers pet friendly outdoor seating with a large covered patio, seating on State Street, as well as indoor seating.

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First Ever Crawfish Boils at Little Dom’s Seafood in Carpintaria

This just in from 686 Linden Avenue:

We’re pleased to announce that Little Dom’s Seafood, a top locally-sourced seafood destination in Carpinteria, will be hosting its very first celebratory Crawfish Boil events on Saturday, April 30 and Saturday, May 14 from 11:00am – 4:00pm, and we’d love to work with you to share these southern-inspired culinary feasts with your readers!

Growing up in New Orleans, crawfish boils were an annual childhood tradition for New Orleans-native, and Little Dom’s Seafood’s co-owner and executive chef, Brandon Boudet. Having hosted dozens of Crawfish Boils in the past, Chef Boudet is excited to celebrate this year’s mudbug season and bring his best-of-the-bayou boil and big easy-inspired eats to Carpinteria for the first time! The seaside sister restaurant to Los Angeles’ Italian food institution, Little Dom’s, Little Dom’s Seafood will be hosting the Crawfish Boils in the restaurants breezy outdoor parking lot, which will complete with newspaper-lined picnic tables, cocktail specials, Abita beer and locally sourced wines.

Known for offering some of the freshest, locally-sourced, seasonal seafood dishes in Southern California, Little Dom’s Seafood’s exclusive Crawfish Boil menu will feature:

  • Alligator Meatballs ($14)
  • Mustard Green Salad with Toasted pecans, Roasted Yams and Creole Mustard vinaigrette ($14)
  • Crawfish with Corn & Potatoes ($M/P)
  • Chargrilled Oysters ($21)
  • Jambalaya Balls ($11)
  • Roast Beef Po Boy ($14)
  • Oysters on the 1/2 shell ($M/P)
  • Grilled Shrimp & Pork patty with Creole Marinated Shredded Mustard Greens on Toasted Brioche Bun ($14)
  • Roast Beef Po boy ($14)
  • Fried Oyster Mushrooms Po Boy ($14)
  • Boozy New Orleans SnoBalls ($8)
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Sevtap closed

This just in from reader Steve H:

It looks like Sevtap, on Canon Perdido next to the Lobero, is permanently closed.

It lasted just about one year…

Steve H.

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Montecito Deli reopens

Reader Thorn let me know that Montecito Deli & market has reopened as of today. I am told it had been closed for awhile new owner Gene Montesano did some upgrades.


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Zocalo opens in Isla Vista

Mexican restaurant Zocalo has opened at 901 Embarcadero del Mar Ste. 101 in Isla Vista, the former home of Wake Cup which experienced nearly four years of existence from January 2016 to November 2019. This is the space between Poke Ceviche and Su’s Bowl. “At ZOCALO we prepare authentic Mexican Food with fresh ingredients and strive to give the best service, so you can be fueled for whatever it is you do,” says the family owned and operated eatery. Zocalo is open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Call (805) 252-9336. Thanks to reader Brendan for the tip.

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Rumor Mill

Montecito Wine Bistro at 516 San Ysidro Road in Montecito, which is owned by Pierre Lafond, has been closed through much of the pandemic. A rumor now circulating around town is that they are in talks with a Napa Valley restaurant to either take over, or partner with Montecito Wine Bistro. As always, this rumor might be completely false or a brilliant forecast of future events. Your call.

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Shalhoob’s Coming to Noleta

Reliable sources tell me that Shalhoob’s has signed a lease to take over 5112 Hollister Avenue in Noleta, the former home of Woody’s BBQ. I called Funk Zone location and was told they are planning to open at the old Woody’s spot but don’t yet have a time line.


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Sneak Peek: 805 Deli


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Montesano buys Montecito Deli, opening Oye Vey Maria’s next door

This just in from reader Thorn:

Gene Montesano [owner of Joe’s Cafe, D’Angelo Bread, Tre Lune, Lucky’s] bought the Montecito Deli from Jeff Rypysc. I was told he is opening an Italian/Jewish deli next door.

Montesano’s Instragram page says:

Opening this market adjacent to our Montecito Deli” next to a banner that reads “Oye Vey Maria’s, Jewish Italian Delicatessen, Wise Guys Eat Here, 1150 Coast Village Road, Montecito CA, (805) 969-3717.” He added “It will take us about a month to facilitate all the things we have planned. We kept all the employees so you’ll see the same happy faces you’ve gotten to know over the years.”

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Santa Barbara Fish Market coming to Goleta

Reader Roger says that Santa Barbara Fish Market is coming to University Plaza near the DMV and Costco in Goleta. The new location will be 7127 Hollister Avenue Ste. 18, the former home of La Bella Rosa Bakery (2016-2019), Cafe Zoma (2010-2011), and Mojo Coffee (2006-2010). I spoke with the Santa Barbara Fish Market at the harbor and they confirmed that a new Goleta outlet is in the works at University Plaza and said that the opening is scheduled for next year.

“The Santa Barbara Fish Market has been serving our community with fresh seafood for over 20 years,” says their website sbfish.com. “We provide only the highest quality products while supporting sustainability through the education of our staff and customers, and by teaming up with organizations like the Sea Center Sustainable Seafood Program. We take great pride in being the only local commercial fishermen’s direct outlet to the public. We focus on locally harvested seafood products as well as seafood products from around the world.”


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Dutch Garden update

Sources tell me that there are still a few roadblocks ahead for Dutch Garden, reopening later this year at 4203 State Street. I am hearing that the opening will likely be around July though there is no hard date set.


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Sneak Peek: Augie’s Tequilaria, 700 State Street


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Mezze coming to downtown

Reader Eric G. let me know that Mezze, a “Mediterranean Street Kitchen” is coming to 413 State Street, the former home of JJ’s Diner, Onus Donuts, Urkeb, The Mex Authentic, Pace, Momma Donna’s, Billies, Bodies, and Lettuce B. Frank. Mezze, a style of dining in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, resembles Spanish tapas and other small plates and finger foods that are meant to stimulate the appetite. But unlike those appetizers, mezze (which is pronounced “meh-zay”) is meant to make up the entire meal. This style of eating features a combination of cold and hot foods, including vegetables, meat, dips, and breads. Visit mezzesantabarbara.com


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Sneak Peek: Turnpike Center


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Rockin’ Yogurt closes

Rockin’ Yogurt, a mainstay of the downtown dessert scene since they opened in August 2007 at 620 State Street, has closed their doors. Have no fear, though, because the popular Yogurtland is still up and running immediately across the street.


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Plaza Deli for sale

Reader JP let me know that Plaza Deli in La Cumbre Plaza is for sale. A message posted on their Instagram page says:

“A once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of SB’s most iconic businesses. Established almost 40 years ago with a strong local clientele in a perfect location! Parking is never an issue and the large patio is a great setting for family dining experience. Call Larry for details (805) 682-4410.”


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Finch & Fork hiatus until April 20th

This just in from reader Steve H.

Finch & Fork at 31 West Carrillo Street is temporarily CLOSED for renovations. Will reopen with same name but different menu.

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Santa Barbara Culinary Experience returns

As the Santa Barbara region continues to grow as a world-class destination to visit, its culinary and cultural scene has also risen to new heights, giving locals all the more reason to love their hometown and visitors more reasons than ever to visit. In an effort to continue this momentum, this spring, the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation, will present its first-ever, Taste of Santa Barbara, May 16 – 22, a county-wide celebration of all things food and drink in the bountiful Santa Barbara region.  Tickets for all events are on sale now and can be purchased online.

What is destined to become the region’s new signature food and wine celebration, Taste of Santa Barbara will feature a broad array of events and special happenings at restaurants, bars, farms, and wineries, as well as pop-ups, workshops, speaker panels, and more. Signature events include a special screening of the documentary Julia followed by a conversation with Oscar-nominated directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen; Rebuilding Our Food System, a panel discussion with visionary leaders who are tackling the planet’s most pressing challenges to develop a more sustainable food system; and the signature Taste of Santa Barbara Wines event featuring wine tasting and conversations with winemakers at the historic El Presidio in downtown Santa Barbara. Many of the region’s restaurants and bars will also participate in the “Dine Around Town with Julia Child” and “Pub Crawl with Paul” where the public can enjoy tribute dishes or specials, as well as inspired cocktails that Julia and Paul would certainly have loved.

“We’re so thrilled to bring back the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience through this thoughtfully curated and innovative celebration that really showcases the vast bounty of all things related to food and drink in Santa Barbara,” shared Donna Yen, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Culinary Experience. “Our goal was to create an annual event that’s accessible to our entire community, and also provide an educational platform for important conversations about our food systems, and what we can all do to be part of the solution. We think Julia herself would agree that the Taste of Santa Barbara honors her legacy, by educating and encouraging others to appreciate the joys of cooking, eating, and drinking well!”


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XO launches breakfast

XO Santa Barbara at 121 East Yanonali Street has launched breakfast from 8 a.m.-noon. Chef Caleb Laub has curated a menu of fried egg sandwiches with menu items like the “Dirty Diner” and “Hangover Fries.” As an added bonus, you can add on a “hair of the dog” Pabst Blue Ribbon for $1 to cure your weekend hangover. Here is the menu:

BREAKFAST FROM 8AM TO 12PM served on Martin’s potato bun or bed of arugula. add bacon $3 | avocado $3

  • HASHBROWN SANDWICH $10 – fried hashbrown, fried egg, avocado, pickles,
    tomato, cheese, and spicy mayo
  • THE DIRTY DINER $11 – fried egg, xo pepper jam, american cheese
    either sausage or bacon
  • XO BREAKFAST BURGER $9 – single patty, onions, american cheese,
    secret sauce, fried egg
  • SMOKED SALMON SANDWICH $12 – smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, roasted tomato,
    arugula, dijonnaise
  • FRIED CHICKEN BREAKFAST SANDWICH $13 – spicy chicken breast, fried egg, arugula,
    American cheese
  • HANGOVER BOWL $10 – french fries, chorizo gravy, cheese sauce,
    pickled jalapenos, fried eggs
  • PRESSED JUICE $8
  • ORANGE TURMERIC – orange, apple, aloe vera, turmeric, lemon, black pepper
  • SWEET CITRUS – apple, pineapple, lemon, mint
  • GREENS – cucumber, celery, spinach, lemon, kale, parsley


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Ocean Friendly Restaurants Week

From April 22nd to 29th, chefs and restaurants across Santa Barbara County will take part in Ocean Friendly Restaurants (OFR) Week, a unique culinary event celebrating restaurants that are committed to reducing plastic pollution while serving outstanding cuisine with local, fresh ingredients. In previous years, participating restaurants of OFR Week selected a dish from their menu in which a portion of proceeds from that dish went directly to support the Surfrider Foundation Santa Barbara Chapter. However, this year, taking into consideration the hardships restaurants experienced through the pandemic, OFR week will solely focus on the celebration of our local, sustainable restaurants. Participating restaurants may choose to highlight a special dish or hold a specific promotion to encourage customers to visit their business during this Earth Week celebration.

This waste-free dining experience provided by OFRs will allow customers to play an important role in the protection of our oceans and environment. Participating restaurants include Blue Owl, Crushcakes & Cafe, Rincon Brewery, Satellite, Bouchon, Loquita, Mesa Verde, Alcazar Tapas Bar, and many more. A full list of Ocean Friendly Restaurants can be found on the Surfrider Santa Barbara chapter’s website. Celebrate Earth Week further by joining Surfrider’s various events such as environmentally themed trivia nights, yoga classes, and beach clean-ups. The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program is beginning its fourth year in the Santa Barbara County with a new 2.0 criteria that includes ocean-friendly practices such as omitting plastic bags and no plastic beverage bottles for purchase. Platinum level Ocean Friendly Restaurants go above and beyond to implement all 15 program criteria, including carrying sustainable seafood and implementing water conservation practices. There is no membership cost to join the OFR community as the Surfrider Foundation hopes to eliminate barriers for any local restaurant who needs support and wants to take steps towards more sustainable practices.

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: go.surfrider.org/sb-ofr.

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Casa Comal opens downtown

A new restaurant named Casa Comal, offering tacos and seafood, had a test opening today at 505 State Street, the former home of Crazy Jim’s Tacos y Mas (2020-2021), Ana’s Taco Bar (2014-2020), Mad Dogs (2006-2014), and Open Door (1980s). The eatery then closed until their grand opening which is planned for next week. A rumor once suggested that this business might be an offshoot of Corazon Cocina but I am now told that the new eatery is not affiliated.

“We make gourmet tacos, ceviche tostadas, deep fried quesadillas, and more,” says chef Abraham Sandin. “We will have some Mexican sushi coming soon on weekends.” Sandin tells me that owner of Casa Comal hopes to open a second restaurant on west Carrillo Street later this year. Casa Comal is open daily 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Here is an early draft of the menu. Final offerings and prices may be different.


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Los Agaves offshoot coming to upper State

Last month I wrote that 3771 State Street, the former home of Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell, and Char West, will be the future address of a Mexican restaurant that focuses on traditional-style tacos. The property has been vacant since December 2020 and remodeling has begun.  Sources now tell me that this new Mexican eatery will be run by Carlos Luna, owner of the hugely popular Los Agaves restaurants as well as Santo Mezcal on lower State Street. I am told that the new restaurant will not be a Los Agaves but will fly under a different banner and focus on tacos as earlier sources suggested. If the future uptown dining destination brings the quality of the other Luna properties, this new cantina should be spectacular.

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Vons Chicken closes

Reader Ted let me know that Vons Chicken at 955 Embarcadero del Mar in Isla Vista, once the home of Sweet Alley, has closed. The restaurant which was opened in November 2019 by 2019 UCSB alumna Sophie Xu, was a San Jose-based franchise that served 10 different renditions of authentic Korean fried chicken. Around the same time Xu opened Vons Chicken she also opened four other local eateries including Uniboil, Phresh Teas, Kaiju Ramen & Curry, and SU’S Bowl (Chinese food), that are still in business.

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Question of the Day

Hi John,

Question for your viewers… I am trying to recall a few restaurants that were on the 700 block of State Street in the late 90s. From De La Guerra down to Ortega Street, I remember Fresh Choice on the corner but can not recall what was in the location currently occupied by Kai Sushi. Can your viewers shed some light and refresh my memory?

Randy

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Biking to Bakeries

Area resident Lori Cooper has launched a blog for exploring bakeries via bike in Santa Barbara and beyond. “Biking to Bakeries is a food blog dedicated to the Santa Barbara, California bakeries I visit via bicycle,” says Cooper. “I am eager to share my enthusiasm for supporting and enjoying local eateries. I have always loved good food, particularly baked goods, and like to spend much of my time cycling to local bakeries to grab a treat, paired with a cup of tea or coffee. This scenario is my happy place: the aromas of fresh bread, being surrounded by the passionate and focused energy of bakers, and, most importantly, the ineffable sensation that follows the first bite into a warm, buttery croissant.” Visit bikingtobakeries.com


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Hook & Press Donuts opens in La Arcada

This just in from reader Steve H.:

Breaking News: Hook & Press Donuts

They are now OPEN (in La Arcada Court). Their official opening is this Saturday. But they are open NOW.

Steve H

Hook & Press Donuts is located at 15 East Figueroa Street in the former home of Jeannine’s Bakery.

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The Crystal Ball

After intense concentration and a wave of my hand over the crystal ball, my eatery oracle has revealed a list of food and drink locations appearing in your future:

  • Alma Fonda Fina, 1024 Coast Village Rd. (formerly Little Alex’s)
  • Augie’s Tequileria, 700 State St. (formerly Left At Albuquerque)
  • Belching Dragon Tavern, 800 State St. (formerly Starbucks)
  • Brass Bird Coffee, 4835 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria (formerly Omni Catering)
  • Casa Comal, 505 State St. (formerly Crazy Jim’s)
  • Casa Comal, W. Carrillo St.
  • Checo’s Tacos, 6578 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista (formerly 805 Kabob)
  • Chick-Fil-A, 4765 Calle Real, Goleta (currently IHOP)
  • Corazón Comedor, 29 E. Victoria St. (formerly Ca Dario Pizzeria)
  • Drift hotel and restaurant, 524 State St. (formerly Scientology)
  • Dutch Garden, 4203 State St. (reopening)
  • Everytable, 1001 State St. (formerly Saks 5th Avenue)
  • Handlebar Coffee, 836 E. Anapamu St.
  • Hook & Press Donuts, 15 E. Figueroa St. (formerly Jeannine’s Bakery)
  • IHOP, 7127 Hollister Ave., Goleta (formerly Itsuki)
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs, Turnpike Center
  • Kin Bakeshop, Turnpike Center
  • The Kitchen, 530 State St. (formerly Samy’s Camera)
  • L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, 1032 State St. (formerly Embermill)
  • Local, 1187 Coast Village Rd. (formerly Khao Kaeng)
  • Lighthouse Coffee, 401 E. Haley St. (currently Low Pigeon Coffee Roasters)
  • Lighthouse Coffee, Turnpike Center
  • Mangione’s Italian Ice, 1222 State St. (formerly Spoon)
  • Mariscos Tita’s, Goleta
  • Mattei’s Tavern, 2350 Railway Ave., Los Olivos (reopening this summer)
  • Mezze, 413 State St. (formerly JJ’s Diner)
  • Mokutan, 716 State St. (formerly Choppa Poke)
  • Oye Vey Maria’s, 1150 Coast Village Rd., Montecito
  • Pavilions, 1040 Coast Village Rd., Montecito (changing from Vons)
  • Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant, 254 Orange Ave., Goleta (reopening this winter)
  • Pure Vida Coffee Society, 801 Paseo Nuevo (formerly eBar Coffee)
  • Rare Society, 214 State St. (formerly Union Ale Brewing Co.)
  • Saint Bibiana Pizzeria, 17 W. Ortega St. (formerly Little Kitchen)
  • Santa Barbara Fish Market, 7127 Hollister Ave. Ste. 18, Goleta
  • Sazon Latino, 1417 San Andres St. (formerly Su Casa)
  • SeaLegs, 5905 Sandspit Rd., Goleta (formerly Beachside Bar-Café)
  • Shalhoob’s is in discussions to open at 5112 Hollister Ave., Goleta (formerly Woody’s BBQ)
  • SocialEats, 6521 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista
  • Silvers Omakase, Santa Barbara
  • Teddy’s on State, 3102 State St. (formerly Yanni’s Greek Deli)
  • We Want The Funk, 210 Gray Ave.
  • Unnamed sushi place, 1759 S. Jameson Ln., Montecito (at Rosewood Miramar)
  • Unnamed taco place run by Los Agaves, 3771 State St. (formerly Dunkin’ Donuts)
  • Unnamed tap room, 5690 Calle Real, Goleta (formerly Outback Steakhouse)
  • Unnamed tap room, Turnpike Center
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Hook & Press opens this weekend

Last May Santa Barbara locals John Burnett and Denisse Salinas announced that their craft donut shop, Hook & Press, is moving to a new location at 15 East Figueroa Street in the La Arcada Plaza (formerly Jeannine’s Bakery) which reader Steve C. tells me is scheduled to open this weekend.

“We’re beyond thrilled for our shop’s new home in the impossibly charming La Arcada Plaza and look forward to creating a warm, welcoming environment for our community in the iconic former home of Jeannine’s Bakery, a longtime favorite spot of ours, ” says Salinas.

Since launching in late 2018 and closing last August, Hook & Press Donuts had operated inside Mosaic Locale, a co-op retail space on State Street, with production occurring in a shared off-site kitchen. “Moving into a full-access kitchen in our own space will allow us to expand our hours of operation, increase production and evolve our menu, providing the opportunity to become the donut shop we have always envisioned,” says Burnett.

In addition to their scratch made yeast-raised donuts, famous apple fritters and full espresso bar serving Santa Barbara’s own Coastal Coffee Collective, new menu offerings will include cake-style, gluten free and vegan donuts, as well as a selection of savory breakfast and brunch items.


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