I have trolled the board and found some wonderful places in the Santa Barbara area. On my "maybe" list so far are:
Cold Springs Tavern
We are not interested in super-fancy; just great food. We eat everything. Please let us know what absolutely not to miss (vinyards, restaurants anywhere within 30 miles of Santa Ynez) and what you feel is over-rated. (Cold Springs Tavern?)
Also, we have called around and almost every place is closed for Xmas dinner (on the 25th, not Xmas eve). Any ideas?
Thanks a million in advance. We're here for you when you come to NYC.
813 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
222 N Ocean Ave, Cayucos, CA
420 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463
3687 Sagunto St, Santa Ynez, CA 93460