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Valentine's Day Lunch in Santa Barbara

Eric Archer | Jan 29, 200404:32 PM

This is for Bronwyn, who will be Amtrak-ing up to SB for lunch, then back down to LA for Valentine's Day.

Any Santa Barbara hounds have suggestions for a nice lunch?

As a former resident, a couple of recs of my own for Bronwyn

LA SUPERICA---This seems to be a love it or hate it place among locals. More love it than hate it, and I am in the former camp. Delicious, homemade Mexican food, super authentic, except for the prices, which are a tad high. Super-informal taco-stand-type place, so if you want something more "special", look elsewhere. Second favorite restaurant in SB (see below for numero uno)

PAPAGALLOS---Nice Peruvian joint tucked away behind State Street. Although not strictly a Peruvian dish, they make a good paella there. Excellent sangria too.

THE PALACE---my very favorite restaurant in SB (I have been known to make the drive just for the meal). Great Cajun food (Blackened Filet Mignon stuffed with crawfish tails---life doesn't get much better!), even better atmosphere, great service (waiters/waitresses pass out lyric sheets, and the whole restauranmt (including the kitchen, which is open) does a sing-along every half hour or so). This place is a real blast, and the food top-notch.

La Superica Taco
622 Milpas Street
Santa Barbara, CA
1 exit south of State Street, just a mile or so East of the 101

731 De la Guerra Plaza, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 963-8374

Palace Grill
8 E. Cota St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-1617
Phone: 805/963-5000

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