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NYC hound for 3-4 days in Santa Barbara

pebbles | Feb 13, 200405:23 PM

My BF and I have decided to escape the cold and take a last minute trip to Santa Barbara. It's our first time so I'm looking for a few memorable restaurant suggestions. Also, we're going to drive from LAX, any great lunch spots on the way?

Is there special restaurant that we should reserve in advance? We don't like waiting on line, but are happy if we can enjoy a great martini while we wait for our table. Do restaurants stop serving early like in LA?

We eat everything, but I'd love sushi, seafood, greek, italian, french - basically anywhere with consistently great food and service, etc. I'd prefer to refrain from hotel dining or jacket-required spots.

I'd like lunch suggestions as well. Is there anywhere like Tomales Bay Oysters outside of San Francisco? A great taqueria? Sandwich shop?

Thank you for help!

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