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new york chowhound santa barbara report

jd | Jan 26, 200601:11 PM

Third time visiting santa barbara for business. My wife acompanied me, so it was her first time.

First night we went to Taiko. Some good rolls but the noodle dishes were outstanding. The hot udon noodle soup with tempura was just outstanding. Homemade noodles, great broth and tempura. At $12, this was an incredible bargain.

Breakfast at the cajun cafe on perdido canon. I`d been to the one outside of goleta. This was not as nice and the food wasn`t as good. However, it was still a good breakfast.

Dinner at the Wine Cask was outstanding. An extensive, fairly priced (in a lot of cases, less than 2x cost) that included hard to find local wine. Everyone seemed to be ordering local pinot (sideways effect) and ignoring the well priced burgundy.

Food was delicious, musovy duck, rib eye, venison wellington and tuna tartare all were excellent. By NYC standards, pricing was a bargain.

On our last day, I wanted to take my wife to super rica. Alas, it`s closed on wednesdays!!! I`d been there many times and had told my wife so much about it. Instead, we headed over to brophys for their big raw appetizer and some ciopino. Again, by nyc standards, a great, great bargain and delicious.

In all, a great trip.

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