We are renting a house for a few weeks this summer in SB. Have only been there briefly one time, do not know the area at all --- but I believe our house is in the hills, not far from Montecito border. The Riviera area? Besides Lucky's in Montecito, which I was told is a must, would like some help on dinners, but also on basic foraging. We love to cook and do not plan on going out every night. If we can throw some big shrimp on the grill and make a great salad and have some good wine, that is heaven. As to restaurants, simply prepared, gorgeous California cuisine would suit us just fine. Do not want fancy French, can get that in NYC. Same for Asian. But would love some good sushi, and maybe some casual Italian. And we also love fish and seafood. Is there something called Hungry Cat?
As for cooking --- I could use some recommendations for both a butcher and a fish place, and a good veggie and fruit source. Is there an SB Farmers Market and if so, where and when?
Besides the wineries, how about a decent wine store and a place to pick up some other liquor at a good price? Will probably stick to local wine if that is our best bet (nothing wrong with Au Bon Climat), but still would like to be able to make some vodka martinis for our few weeks out of Manhattan.
If we are going for any budget blower meal or two, throw them in. After all, it's vacation.
The Hungry Cat
1134 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101