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Santa Barbara for a flavor-deprived chowhounder


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Santa Barbara for a flavor-deprived chowhounder

spicefinder | Apr 10, 2011 09:01 PM

On a three week trip that will also take us to San Francisco and Los Angeles, we will be stopping in Santa Barbara for two or three nights, and since it's been almost two decades since I was last there briefly, I'd love some suggestions on places to eat.

A little about our traveling crew: I am a passionate and adventurous diner (and home cook) and no doubt could spend weeks, even months, eating my way through Santa Barbara, but realistically will have time for two or three lunches and two or three dinners and maybe a snack or two (or three). My wife is a bit less passionate and adventurous but is usually game for anything. Our children are less daring but we can usually find items they enjoy and they're old enough (11 and 8) to be well-behave.

I've read some of the previous postings and had some questions:

(1) Is there better roadside style Mexican options than La Super Rica Taqueria whose following is in art due to its pioneering efforts? What places would you suggest and which items do you especially enjoy? When I lived in L.A. years ago, I especially like a few Yucatan places, but I am game for any regional Mexican food.

(2) Should Juienne be at the top of the list for foodie-centric diners? Other places you'd consider?

(3) Room with a view: Places that combine good food and either great scenery or street watching?

(4) Other restaurants you especially enjoy, what you like best there and why.

Thanks for any help!

La Super Rica
622 N Milpas St, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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