Santa Barbara

Mexican Food Santa Barbara

Corazon Cocina Sal de Mar

Santa Barbara Public Market debuted in April 2014, but has already entered stage two of its development. Many first generation food and drink vendors are no longer in business, which has left the market’s...
Coffee Santa Barbara

Rebar Coffee Cold Brew Flight [CLOSED]

The Funk Zone gets a lot of love in Santa Barbara, but right across the 101 freeway, another pocket is worth exploring thanks to Matt Chrestenson and brother Ben. They’ve owned Union Ale gastropub...
Craft Beer California

Firestone Walker Barrelworks Krieky Bones

At Firestone Walker Barrelworks, well-seasoned brewers Jeffers Richardson and “Sour Jim” Crooks barrel-age sour and strong ales. The space in back of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Buellton gastropub features metal and wood decor and...
Steak California

Ember Restaurant Ribeye

One of my favorite reasons to visit California’s Central Coast is to experience some of the world’s best ingredients. Great additions in the past decade include Full of Life Flatbread. In 2013, chef Brian...
Seafood Santa Barbara

Julienne Smoked Mussels [CLOSED]

Julienne, probably my favorite Santa Barbara restaurant, reaffirmed its hold over my stomach on the eve of my birthday. Chef Justin West and wife Emma West, his front of house partner, demonstrate a mastery...
Craft Beer Santa Barbara

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Headless Horseman

The concept of Pumpkin Beers, which breweries typically release between Halloween and Thanksgiving, may sound kitschy, but in the hands of talented craft beer pros, a drinkable jack-o-lantern can achieve balance. Such is the...