Reader Richard says that the Somerset restaurant at 7 East Anapamu Street, which closed after less than a year in business to try a more casual style of dining, will reopen on December 5th as Smith.



Reader Ted let me know that the previously unnamed restaurant for employees at Deckers Outdoor Corporation, 6601 Hollister Avenue in Goleta (next to the Deckers brand showcase), has officially opened to the public and called as The Deck. The restaurant is operated by Guckenheimer Dining Services.

Manager and Chef Edward Huante tells me that the breakfast menu includes eggs, bacon, 3 types of sausage, hash browns, and daily specials. Lunch options include 2 soups daily (one is vegetarian or vegan, and the other a chicken or beef stew), 2 daily specials, a build-your-own sandwich deli, and a grab-and-go deli. Huante says on Mondays he tries to have more vegetarian fare. Tuesdays through Friday they have pizza by the slice made fresh at their outdoor pizza oven ($2.95 for 2 large slices). A Poke bar, taco bar, and burger bar are available occasionally. Fresh baked goods are available daily.

Hours are 8-10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Coffee, smoothies and juice is available 7:30 a.m-3 p.m. Call 967-7611 x2233 or visit to view the daily menu specials.

Manager and Chef Edward Huante at The Deck restaurant on Hollister Avenue near Los Carneros.



In November 2016 reader Nancy spotted a sign for Chicken In A Barrel BBQ, coming to 310 South Fairview Avenue which is a few doors down from Hollister on the ocean side, next to Orient Laundry. Earlier this month reader Cris passed the word that the sign is gone and the restaurant is nowhere to be seen. Reader Cris now says Chicken In A Barrel is still planning a Goleta location and working on securing a lease but it sounds like south Fairview location is out.



This just in from reader Brendan: “A sign in a commercial space on State Street near Carrillo (formerly a clothing store, I think) says that ice cream purveyor Creamistry is ‘Freezing Soon!'”

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While at La Cumbre Plaza I stopped by Islands Restaurant which is coming to the former home of Marmalade Cafe. Construction appears to be about half way done and workers tell me that the kitchen is nearly done. It looks like an early 2018 opening is likely. Thanks to reader Cris for the tip.



The mystery of why Tupelo Junction Cafe closed on State Street in early November is a little less mysterious. It appears the whole thing was planned. Though the restaurant shut its doors suddenly with no explanation, reader Peter came across a big clue in the Newport Beach, California blog “Tupelo Junction Opens in the Old ‘The Porch’ Location. For those who frequent Santa Barbara, you have doubtlessly tried the famous Tupelo Junction Cafe there.  Known for its kitchen and their dog-friendly environment, the prime location in Santa Barbara closed exactly one week ago today, presumably so that the owner could focus on her shop in Newport, as she is a Corona del Mar resident. The menu will be virtually identical to the old Santa Barbara Tupelo Junction with the exception of the Happy Hour menu, which is a new addition to the Newport location.”



Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce (which means quick) has opened at the Santa Barbara Public Market, 38 West Victoria Street. The restaurant focuses on individual artisan pizzas using high quality Italian flour and also offers small bites including homemade meatballs, truffle egg, and various salads.  The restaurant will have different specials each day including daily crostini. A beer and wine license should be approved shortly. Ca’Dario Pizzeria Veloce is open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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I am told that the Goleta location for Ca’ Dario Trattoria and Pizzeria, coming to the Kmart shopping center next to The French Press, Chipotle, and Rusty’s Pizza, will open in January 2018. The former home of Bicycle Bob’s has been under renovation since the fall of 2016.

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Pintard Commercial Real Estate has announced the leasing of 516 State Street to Institution Ale Company, a Camarillo-based brewery specializing in American-style ales. The new location is the former home of Caffe Primo and Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro.

“Considering all the recent challenges of leasing a larger restaurant site in the downtown retail district, I am very pleased to have secured a solid tenant for the landlord,“ said Dave Pintard, President of Pintard Commercial Real Estate. “Institution Ale has a very successful track record in Ventura County and I have every belief that they will be as popular and successful in this location.”

Shaun Smith, Institution Ale Company co-founder, is looking forward to expanding to 516 State Street: “We love the architecture of the building, the retro style, the location being in the heart of State Street and the inviting all-glass store front,” said Smith. “With this new location, we’ll be able to share all our beers with a new community. Beer is best when it’s fresh. Being able to brew a beer and drive it 40 minutes up the road and put it on tap for everyone in Santa Barbara is going to be a lot of fun.”

Founded in 2013, Institution Ale Company is known for utilizing non-traditional ingredients such as vanilla, cocoa nibs, coffee and peppers. All their beer is brewed in a 3-vessel, 15-barrel, Premier Stainless brewing system. Everything from recipe development, ingredient selection, the brewing process and packaging are completed in house by the company’s brew team to create handcrafted ales.

Institution Ale Company will start renovating 516 State Street during the spring of 2018 and will open its doors to the public that fall. Visit



Reader Ben says that Modern Times Beer, with two locations in San Diego, is coming to 418 State Street, the former home of India House. The ABC liquor license database confirms the news. Modern Times Beer will be within a block of Santa Barbara Brewing Company and the future home of Institution Ale Company. With Night Lizard Brewing Company and Captain Fatty’s, coming to the 600 and 200 blocks of State Street respectively, it looks like we have the making of a State Street brewery war.



Silvergreens restaurant at 900 Embarcadero Del Mar in Isla Vista has been temporarily closed for a few months as the parent company focuses on the new Kyle’s Kitchen restaurant on Hollister Avenue. I am told by management that the signs for Kyle’s Kitchen plastered all over the front of Silvergreens refer to the new Hollister location and do NOT indicate that a Kyle’s Kitchen is replacing Silvergreens. I am told that Silvergreens will return but was not given a reopening date.



Kanaloa Seafood has welcomed their latest “catch” to the kitchen, Executive Chef William Ouderkirk. Chef William brings an extensive culinary background to Kanaloa, from kitchens in Canada, the UK and Greenwich, Connecticut, to ships sailing around the globe. Chef William’s cooking style and understanding of farm-and-ocean-to-table cuisine brings a new level of talent to the Kanaloa kitchen, and will help position their restaurants in both Santa Barbara and Oxnard within the emerging culinary scene on the Central Coast.

“We are excited to welcome Chef William to our Kanaloa family,” shared Randee and Don Disraeli, owners of Kanaloa Seafood. “His expertise and passion for local and sustainable ingredients is the perfect match for us, and we’re eager for our guests to enjoy some of his fresh new takes on our seafood classics!”

While Kanaloa’s signature menu items like their fish tacos and sandwiches will remain the same, guests can look forward to some of Chef William’s new additions to the menu, including Baby Bass Fritters, Mooring Ball Cioppino with sea bass, clams, mussels, salmon, crab in a rich spicy shellfish broth, served with garlic bread, and Ethiopian Spiced Crispy Tofu Poke with jicama-cucumber salad, avocado, radish, and pickled ginger over sushi rice. Chef William invites the community to experience the new flavors of his fresh take on Kanaloa’s cuisine as he rolls out his new menu this month. Kanaloa Seafood is located at 715 Chapala Street and 251 Lombard Street in Oxnard. Visit



Juice It Up! is celebrating the grand opening of its first Isla Vista location this Friday, November 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located inside HiWi Tropical Fusion, Juice It Up! Isla Vista will be celebrating the special occasion with a fun-filled event which will include free small smoothies to the first 50 customers, 50% OFF all smoothies, juices and bowls till closing, live music, fun giveaways and more.

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Reader Primetime says that another vacant downtown Santa Barbara site is leased. I’m told that the Institution Ale Company at 3841 Mission Oaks Boulevard in Camarillo will move into 516 State Street, the former home of Caffe Primo and Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro. Move in date is scheduled for fall 2018.



Outpost at The Goodland, 5650 Calle Real in Goleta, held their third annual Ramenfest on Sunday, November 12th. The winner of the Judge’s Choice award was Industrial Eats at 181 Industrial Way in Buellton. The ingredients of their entry included crispy duck confit, smoked Alaska coho salmon, poultry dashi broth, Japanese turnip, and scallions. The dish was topped with bottarga, dried red mullet roe, and nori. Winner of People’s Choice award was returning champion Sama Sama at 1208 State Street.

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Small business owners with big dreams continue to be an important component in the American economy. In a News Channel 3 special report, reader Primetime looks at three local businesses with limited storefronts, simple operations, and high hopes.

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Chef Richard Lambert teaches the techniques he uses to make his award-winning tamales and salsas. This 90-minute class is set for Saturday, November 18th, from noon- 1:30 p.m. The classroom is located at 125 Harbor Way, next to the Maritime Museum at the breakwater in Santa Barbara. Each attendee will be served a variety of tamale samples and be shown how each flavor can be created at home. Additional class handout materials include recipes, a listing of ingredient sources, plus tamale reheating and storage guidelines. Free cookbook: Attendees also receive the ebook version of Mr. Lambert’s cookbook, “Preheat to 350 Degrees,” featuring recipes along with personal anecdotes gathered over his lifetime. Tuition is $35 per person and class attendance is limited to 30 participants. Enroll online at

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I recently published a list of places to find a traditional turkey meal on Thanksgiving. The list primarily covered the South Coast. It has come to my attention that there is an online list of restaurants open in Solvang on Thanksgiving. This list includes all restaurants open that day, not just eateries offering a traditional turkey meal.

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The Romasanta Family has announced that they have closed Eladio’s restaurant located at 1 State Street. “We are excited to be looking to lease this very special location to an established restaurant operation that will complement our Harbor View Inn Hotel,” said a family representative.



Reader sbmizzou let me know that Miso Hungry Japanese restaurant has moved from upper State Street to their new downtown digs at 134 East Canon Perdido Street, the former home of Sojourner Cafe. Miso Hungry is a quick service Japanese deli that offers snacks, sushi wraps, rice bowls, and salads. You can order off the featured menu or build your own meal. Call 324-4430 or visit

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Spyglass Bistro & Bar has opened on the 4th floor rooftop of the new Hilton Garden Inn at 6878 Hollister Avenue in Goleta near Kmart. I live about two blocks away from there so when I heard the news I quickly walked over to check it out and I can personally confirm that the sweeping mountains-to-islands views are stunning, especially at sunset. A great view is not something people usually associate with a bar in Goleta unless you happen to be going for drinks at the Beachside Bar Café. The rooftop opens at 4 p.m. and includes a bar, tables, couches, and two fireplaces.

A good selection of beer, wine, and cocktails is available. The evening menu currently includes marinated olive mix ($8), breaded Portobello fries ($10), cheese board ($16), charcuterie board ($18), roasted beet and grilled heirloom tomato ($11), shrimp-avocado salsa ($14), and margherita flatbread ($12). A rooftop lunch menu is planned, starting in late November or early December.

While wandering the premises of the new Hilton I discovered that not all of the good stuff is restricted to the roof. Near the entrance downstairs is a full restaurant, not affiliated with Spyglass Bistro & Bar, that includes a $16 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Breakfast includes a cold station with coffee, juices, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal and other offerings. The hot line will serve you omelets, scrambles, potatoes, bacon, sausage links, sausage patties, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and more. All the eggs are cooked to order and daily breakfast specials are available, such as eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, and more. This appears to be one of the best breakfast deals in town and I plan to try it out soon. Breakfast hours are 6-10 a.m. Monday-Friday and 7-11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday.

The downstairs restaurant at the Hilton also includes offerings available all day including soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and flatbread ranging from $6 -$14. Entrees include BBQ ribs ($22), grilled vegetable pasta primavera ($27), pasta marinara ($16), smothered chicken ($21), grilled salmon ($23), and grilled sirloin ($25).



In November 2016 reader Nancy spotted a sign for Chicken In A Barrel BBQ, coming to 310 South Fairview Avenue which is a few doors down from Hollister on the ocean side, next to Orient Laundry. Reader Cris now tells me the sign is gone and there are no signs of construction. I have removed them from the Crystal Ball.

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Tupelo Junction Cafe at 1218 State Street sold their liquor license recently. I called them to get the details and was told by a representative that they will continue be open as usual and will switch to just beer and wine in the near future. Two days later the restaurant closed, the windows were papered over, and their phone number was disconnected. No explanation was posted outside the business and their web site has not been updated to reflect current events. They have been closed ever since.

Photo by reader Cris



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I called Tupelo Junction Cafe on Sunday and was told that they have sold their liquor license. I was also told that they would continue to be open for business as usual and will soon be serving beer and wine. On Tuesday readers told me that the restaurant was closed all day with no notice on the door explaining why. Today, Wednesday, all phone calls go to voice mail, so I assume they are closed again. I don’t know if this is temporary or permanent.



Each November, my inbox is swamped with the same question: Which restaurants serve a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day?
Last week, I made a hundred phone calls to find the answer. Restaurants joining the list this year include The Bear and Star, Blackbird, and Wildwood Kitchen. Make reservations early because many places will be sold out in advance.
For the first time in 11 years of creating this list, I have included prices for a turkey dinner and hours, where available. Other entrées may be available for different prices.

  • Alys Restaurant; $80; 3:30-8:45pm; 697-7082
  • Angel Oak at Bacara (sold out); $110; 5-10pm; 968-0100
  • Bacara Ballroom; $95 adults, $45 ages 12 and below; 10:30am-2pm; 571-3018
  • Ballard Inn Restaurant; $85; 3-8pm; 800-638-2466
  • The Bear and Star at Fess Parker Wine Country Inn; $55 adults, $20 ages 12 and below; noon-7pm; 686-1359
  • Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore (sold out); $125; 11am-7pm; 969-2261
  • Belmond El Encanto Dining Room; $105 adults, $45 kids; 11am-8pm; 845-5800
  • Blackbird; $140 adults, $40 ages 4-12; 5-10pm; 882-0135
  • The Black Sheep; $65; 4-8:30pm; 965-1113
  • bouchon; $85; 3:30-8:30pm; 730-1160
  • Brothers Restaurant at the Red Barn (sold out); $75 adults, $35 ages 12 and below; 1-6pm; 688-4142
  • The Buffet at Chumash Casino Resort; $29.95; 1-8pm; 686-0855
  • Ca’ Dario Ristorante & Pizzeria; ~$29; 4-10pm; 884-9419
  • Cadiz; ~$32; 5-9:30pm; 770-2760
  • C’est Cheese; take-and-bake whole turkey, at least seven days’ notice: $75 (14-16 lbs.), $100 (20-22 lbs.);  apple pie $40; cheesecake $55; 965-0318
  • Cold Spring Tavern; $65 adults, $35 kids; 11am-7:45pm; 967-0066
  • Convivo at the Santa Barbara Inn; $60 adults, $20 ages 12 and below; 11am-9pm; 845-6789
  • Crocodile Restaurant & Bar at the Lemon Tree Inn; call for information; 687-6444
  • Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant; $25; 11:30am-9pm; 568-0702
  • Finch & Fork at Kimpton Canary Hotel; $80 adults, $30 kids; 2-7pm; 879-9100
  • Fresco Café; takeout side dishes and dessert only, at least four days’ notice; side dishes $5 per person; $15-25 pies; 967-6037
  • Frog Bar & Grill at Glenn Annie Golf Course; $45 adults, $19 ages 12 and below; noon-5pm; 968-0664
  • Harbor Restaurant; $75 adults, $15.95 ages 10 and below; noon-9pm; 963-3311
  • Harry’s Plaza Café; $24.95; 11am-11pm; 687-2800
  • Helena Avenue Bakery; everything but turkey; takeout with at least one days’ notice; priced à la carte; 880-3383
  • High Sierra Grill & Bar; $17.99 adults, $9.99 ages 12 and below; 8am-5pm; 845-7030
  • Holdren’s Steaks & Seafood; $31; noon-9pm; 965-3363
  • Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels; takeout, at least four days’ notice; $165 feeds 10, $16.95 by the plate; 319-0155
  • Joe’s Café; ~$24; 4-9pm; 966-4638
  • Live Oak Café; $25; 11am-4pm; 845-5193
  • Longboards Grill; $24.95; 11am-10pm; 963-3311
  • Louie’s California Bistro at The Upham; $55 adults, $27.50 ages 12 and below; 2-8:30pm; 963-7003
  • Moby Dick Restaurant; ~$25.95; 11-8:30pm; 965-0549
  • Montecito Wine Bistro; $60 adults, $30 ages 12 and below; 11am-6pm; 969-7520
  • Mulligan’s Cafe & Bar; $30.99 adults, $16.99 ages 10 and below; noon-5pm; 682-3228
  • Plow & Angel at San Ysidro Ranch (sold out); $80 adults, $40 ages 12 and below; noon-8:30pm; 565-1720
  • Root 246; $75 adults, $25 ages 12 and below; 2-8pm; 686-8681
  • Roy; $55; 3-9pm; 966-5636
  • Santa Barbara Brewing Company; ~$25 adults, ~$12 ages 10 and below; noon-10pm; 730-1040
  • The Set at The Fess Parker – a DoubleTree Resort by Hilton; $22; 11:30am-11pm; 564-4333
  • Shoals Restaurant at Cliff House Inn; ~$69; 1:30-8pm; 652-1381
  • Stella Mare’s; $62; noon-8pm; 969-6705
  • The Stonehouse at San Ysidro Ranch (sold out); $140 adults, $70 ages 12 and below; noon-8:30pm; 565-1720
  • Tee-Off Restaurant & Lounge; $26.95; 3-9pm; 687-1616
  • Trattoria Mollie; $65; 11:30am-9:30pm; 565-9381
  • Treehouse Restaurant; $22; noon-8pm; 687-2426
  • Wildwood Kitchen; $50 adults, $25 ages 10 and below; 2-6pm; 845-3995
  • Willows at Chumash Casino Resort; $65; 2-9pm; 686-0855
  • Wine Cask; $75 adults, kids à la carte; 4-9pm; 966-9463


Reader Diane let me know that The Nugget in Carpinteria has closed permanently. I called the business and confirmed the news. The restaurant opened in June 2016. Other Nugget locations are still available including Summerland, Goleta and downtown Santa Barbara.



Reader Rambo says that a 2nd location for the Mexican restaurant Corazon, that is currently in the Santa Barbara Public Market, will be coming to 214 State Street, the former site of Rebar Coffee, Entrada Market, American Ale 02, Tri-tip Co., Yankee Noodle and Union Ale. Rambo also says that Captain Fatty’s craft brewery is moving in as well and will occupy the back of the space.



Tupelo Junction at 1218 State Street has sold their liquor license. Currently they are not serving any alcohol but are planning to offer beer and wine in the future. My condolences to the many fans of their crab claw Bloody Marys.



Readers Wade & Primetime say that signage on the Sandbar at 514 State Street indicates that a “Grand Re-Opening” will take place on Thursday, November 9th.  According to Aaron the Manager, the kitchen is entirely new and the dining and drinking areas are receiving a fresh new paint job.

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