dave and I just returned from a wonderful weekend in Santa Barbara. The new Andulcia hotel is terrific. We wanted to thank the hounds who recommended the following places:
Aja-perfect. Great food. Bad 80's/Miami Vice vibe but really terrific food.
Palace Restaurant-spicy. Maybe this place was trying a little too hard. I don't like it when servers tell you how their service works or that it is going to be great. Serve me and I'll decide. The food was spicy and without a flaw.
Cafe Buenos Aires-yum. a perfectly cooked steak and a perfectly made caipirinha.
now the bad
Paradise Cafe-huh? This may be a good restaurant but we went on the hamburger recommendations and the hamburgers there were no better than a burger dave would cook for me. Store bought bun, lettuce, tomato, and burger. Big deal? We actually thought we went to the wrong place.
In Los Olivos
We went to a place called Patricks. The food was actually pretty good but the service was horrid. After the servers all gathered around the glass of wine that dave sent back they showed the owner. There was something wierd in the glass, not cork. something gooey. So the owner gives us a nasty look and they finally bring us a new glass of wine. Then we spot the owner drinking out of dave's glass?!?! Ewww!