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Cocktail Santa Barbara

Test Pilot Cocktail (Drink of the Week)

Brandon Reynolds Ristaino, previously with Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice Beach, and wife Misty Orman-Ristaino first boosted Santa Barbara’s cocktail scene with The Good Lion. The couple added Test Pilot tiki bar to the...
Duck Santa Barbara

Downey’s Duck (Food of the Week)

At Downey’s, a seasonal Santa Barbara institution that dates to 1982, chef John Downey and wife/front of house partner Liz present seasonal dishes with local ingredients in a classy setting near The Arlington Theatre....
Japanese Food Santa Barbara

Yoichi’s Sashimi (Food of the Week)

For awhile, Viticole Wine founder Brian McClintic MS had been telling me that Yoichis is Santa Barbara’s best restaurant. Finally, I got a chance to dine at this traditional kaiseki-style restaurant from chef Yoichi...
Mexican Food Santa Barbara

Corazon Cocina Sal de Mar (Food of the Week)

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...
Chef Santa Barbara

Interview: chef Justin West (Julienne + Wildwood Kitchen)

Justin West started cooking by age 11 in his father’s five restaurants in Eugene, Oregon. He committed to the restaurant world at an early age. He met Emma, his wife and front of house...
Craft Beer Santa Barbara

Interview: Kris Parker (Third Window Brewing)

Kristopher “Kris” Parker is the grandson of Santa Barbara County wine legend Fess Parker. He attended USC’s Marshall School of Business and previously worked as COO for Fess Parker Enterprises in Los Olivos before...