As promised, here it is. First, thanks to everyone who answered our post a few weeks ago, especially glbtrtr, you guys are awesome. So here is our trip, mercifully summarized for you. We drove up from LA and proceeded directly to gelson's for a basic shop. Never even saw a peacharine before, and we bought some great melons, too. Hope you all appreciate how superior your produce is here. Had dinner at Cava, which we liked quite a bit. NYC not really known for Mexican/Latin food, there are some ethnic places in the outer boroughs but in the wilds of Manhattan, not our strong point. And they make a killer blood orange martini. Next night was a group cooked meal with friends, lamb burgers made with lamb from Whole Foods. Friday dinner at Tre Lune, really outstanding for a moderate Italian place, they make a truffle pasta thing that is superb. Saturday at Cafe Luck, kind of like Balthazar in New York but less of a scene. This was OK, they make a decent roast chicken but I could have skipped this one, sorry.
Sunday night dinner at home and we discovered Tri County Produce, which we loved. Made a huge salad and grilled some chicken, a group of happy New Yorkers after an afternoon of polo. Monday night was Lucky's --- expensive and really just feh, but we did get to see Barry Manilow and his entourage. For the money, our NYC steakhouses kick Lucky's ass. But we bought two bottles of wine with us and they said if we bought a third from them, corkage waived, so done deal.
Next dinner was Olio et Limone, which we really liked a lot. Great Chicken saltimbocca although gruyere cheese on that is a bit wierd, in my opinion. Next was Hungry Cat, and although you all were a bit cautious re he service we found this place outstanding all around except they were out of sea urchin by 8 pm, that was a bit of a bummer.
Last night dinner in, fish from the place down by the SB harbor and back to tri county for more fruit and veggies. Tonight we hit Brophy's. Brought most of our wine up from LA but picked up extra also from Tri County, nice selection and fairly priced. Refused to wait in line for a taco at the Julia Child place, I suspect it was not worth the wait.
Thanks again, you all live the dream and you have the best damn oysters out here!
The Hungry Cat
1134 Chapala St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
1212 Coast Village Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
1151 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108