We'll be in SB on Friday night and are looking for excellent, flavorful, "can't talk, I'm eating" food. Fresh, locally grown = bonus. Any cuisine, but having a craving for Californian, maybe French and/or Asian influences. Don't care about "scene", won't be buying the fancy cocktails, and don't even care that much about service, but will pay just about anything for WOW food. Trick is, we'll be in our walking clothes (not jeans, but probably capris and flat sandals) -- so where can we go where we won't feel under-dressed? Downtown would be easier, but we'll drive if necessary.
From chowhound and other reviews, I have a few ideas: Bouchon, Sage and Onion, Opal, and Jade. Any advice on which of these would best fit my criteria? Any suggestions for other places? Any specific recs for what to order there?
Thank you in advance!