After the opening kinks and a few mixed reviews but always raves about the food, SCARLET BEGONIA is hitting its stride and well worthy of a top recommendation for breakfast or lunch and mid morning break Setting is the terrific quiet downtown Victoria Courtyard at West Victoria and State Street, close by the Arlington and Granada Theaters. Indoor, fountain patio and upstairs open deck seating.
This puts excellent early day dining right into the heart of evening Ground Zero right near Arigato, buchons and Olio et Limone.
We had the Reuben sandwich and the squash eggplant sandwich - both top rate. The squash/eggplant sandwich was a little squishy to eat by hand but managed with many swipes on my cloth napkin. Very tasty combo with various veggies and goat cheese and a haunting sweet tartness to its make-up. Reuben was also a little unconventional but top marks for taste as well.
Both came their their version of fries which were plump, crisp and savory. Prices in the $10-15 category with complementary filtered still or sparkling water.
Everything coming out looked good and one could spend many happy returns going through everything on the menu. It obviously has established itself by word of mouth - many happy diners and and a 30's-something type casual crowd. Careful attention provided by what looks like the owner. She has something good and wants to take personal care to insure it succeeds. Welcome to Santa Barbara Scarlett Begonia, and adding one more wonderful dimension to Santa Barbara dining.
They also serve that "pre-digested" Green Star coffee - did not try it, but here is a place where it should be good.