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Solvang/Santa Barbara restaurant suggestions for east coast foodie couple

keknight | Oct 15, 2009 10:09 AM

My husband and I are Boston Chowhounds and we'll be visiting this area for 3 nights in early November (We're staying in Solvang at Hadsten House for 2 nights & in SB at The Harbor House Inn for 1 night).

We'll have a car -- and while we often enjoy the busier, more happening restaurant/nightlife areas in a town (sounds like State Street is SB's "mecca"), we also don't mind driving off the beaten path for hidden gems!

We enjoy all types of cuisine -- Our favorite restaurants tend to be those that practice a farm-to-table philosophy...utilizing local ingredients whenever possible -- for fresh, in-season, simple, yet innovative flavors & dishes.

Your board has been tremendously helpful so far. I think I've narrowed down the list of places we're interested in based on some of the posts I've read and now, I would really appreciate any additional feedback or thoughts you all might be willing to share!

For the 2 nights that we're staying in Solvang, I'm thinking about the Ballard Inn and Root 246 at Hotel Corque. My only concern is that both of those seem relatively high-end, and we'd prefer to do 1 dinner at a mid-tier place (unless these are both 'must-tries' then we'll splurge!) Any thoughts on substituting one of these for the Los Olivios Cafe or some place else? Would driving down to SB for dinner and then back up to Solvang be a pain?

For the 1 night in SB I'm having a harder time narrowing down....
Bouchon, SeaGrass & Downey's all sound fantastic for a higher-price point...
Tupelo Junction sounds unique and intriguing....
Jade, Stella Mares, Julienne, Blush, Opal & Jane all sound good....some inventive/creative, others more standard, but all good?!?!

For pastries, looks like we'll be trying Renauds and we are huge ice cream lovers so I guess we need to try McConnell's? And for lunch sounds like La Superica Tacquiera is a fan fave?

Any help with these dinner spots would be much appreciated! We're looking forward to our visit!! Thanks so much!

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