Had a wonderful, relaxing time in Santa Barbara this week. Three days of eating as follows:
Breakfast at Jeannine's Restaurant, Montecito. The French Toast with bananas sauteed in Kahlua, brown sugar and butter - this was an amazing, unique experience. The breakfast quesadilla was full and satisfying. Also, the fruit was very fresh. If Mama's, San Francisco is too far, go to Jeannine's.
Lunch at La Super Rica. The line was very short, thanks probably to being a weekday and off-season. Got #1-Tacos de Bistec (steak tacos), #2-Tacos de Costilla (top round tacos), #9-Quesadilla, and special menu chicken enchiladas. And horchata. I was soooo tempted to get the #15-Tocino Especial (melted cheese with bacon) due to glbtrtr’s frequent positive comments about it, but I just needed more of a meal-like item. I’ll try it next time. The food was good. They do a very good job with their meats. The prices are low. The quesadilla was very nice.
Post lunch refresher – McConnell’s Ice Cream. Brazilian Coffee Chip. Perfect refresher after Mexican food. Beware: to get the ice cream shop on Google maps you have to type in “mc connells” or “ice cream”. If you type in “mcconnells” it doesn’t show you the shop. We ended up at their corporate office first.
Dinner at Chase. Had a minor adventure getting seated. We had reservations at 5:30. I drove by at 5:25 but had no idea about parking so ended up driving around for a while until we parked in one of those structures and ended getting to the restaurant at 5:42. We were told that they had given away our table but should be able to sit in about 15 minutes. At 6:00 they said they’re cleaning our table. At 6:15 they said they’re setting our table. We were seated a few minutes later. In retrospect, I should have called when we were parking and told them we’d be there in a couple minutes. Continuing on, the reservation was for two plus a high chair. When we were seated the hostess said there’s no high chair. I told my server that when we made reservations we said “two plus a high chair” and they accepted it. He said there should be one and went and found it. The server was good. Got lasagna and chicken piccata. Both were very good, but especially the chicken piccata.
Breakfast at Renaud’s. The staff was very friendly. Egg dishes were good and the croissants, like most people say, were great. A little more cooked/crispy on the outside than I’m used to but it worked well.
Lunch at Paradise Café. The burger was good but about par with, say, Islands. Not worthy of accolades. BLT was good, too.
Dinner at Cold Spring Tavern. Absolutely a unique experience. Romantic setting. Out in the middle of nowhere. One cool thing was getting out of my car and hearing a running brook. Loved the interior. Wood everywhere with older photos and art on the wall. Gas lamps at each table. Too bad the food wasn’t anywhere near the ambiance. The New York steak was of mediocre quality. The Elk chops were ok. The garlic mashed potatoes were a bit looser than I’d expect, lacking garlic, and consisting of too much sour cream.
Breakfast at Jeannine’s. Again. It was that good. Pancakes (great) and a breakfast burrito.
Lunch at Super Cuca’s on Micheltorena. Ok, this carne asada burrito is in my top 5 burritos of all time. Quality of ingredients, moisture and mix were all very good. Meat was better then Cold Spring. Also got a shrimp taco. That was very good. I kinda wish I could have picked it up. It is a taco after all. That’s ok. Had sticker-shock when ordering, but the size of these things…huge!
Then repeated McConnell’s for another scoop of Brazilian Coffee Chip.