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LA to San Luis Obispo...where to eat?!

Mo's BBQ- Philty Phil ribs on Pomeroy Street in downtown Pismo Beach.

Oct 07, 2014
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"Old Palm Springs"

Looking forward to your report when you get back. Everyone is always stumped when asked about good dining in this area. Hope you have time to add all the good details and that you enjoy your time there very much. I know they have the best backyard grapefruit in the world - sister has winter place there.

Oct 06, 2014
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"Old Palm Springs"

If you take the highly recommended Hollwood Homes bus tour of old Palm Springs, the driver will give you local restaurant tips and what happened at some of the more legendary watering holes. Plus they take you to the Old Mill Market in Palm Desert for the very best date shakes.

Oct 04, 2014
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Best of Bakersfield Food Tour

I believe Valentin moved to Santa Barbara, where it is now Petit Valentin in La Arcada Court on State Street and very well recommended. (2014)

Oct 04, 2014
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Santa Barbara "Eat Street" - Milpas St Festival - 1st weekend in Oct

A new food festival is starting in Santa Barbara - on "Eat Street" - Milpas Avenue where there are many small eateries which have had long-time local followings but are getting wider recognition, not just the now super famous La Super Rica Taqueria. (#15 Tocino Especial - yeah!)

http://www.independent.com/releases/2...

Oct 03, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

Awww.... they still do flaming, table side desserts at The Stone House. This might be the deal maker. Plus if you are staying at the Bacara, this would keep you in the same mood. And you have to love the JFK and Jackie honeymoon connection too.

http://www.sanysidroranch.com/images/...

BWT: I do think Downey's has some of the best desserts in Santa Barbara. They aren't just sweet, heavy and/or trite. But refreshing and elegantly flavored for a fine ending to a classic meal.

Sep 27, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

TOMA on Cabrillo Blvd: I have not been here myself since the ownership changed but it is getting consistently high marks on local blogs - it was always a favorite under prior management - a lovely more casual spot but with enough atmosphere to make it special, particularly if the dining is now as good as locals re reporting.
http://www.tomarestaurant.com

Sep 27, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

Good location choice too, but more down-market than StoneHouse, Downeys or El Encanto.

Sep 27, 2014
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Engagement dinner in Santa Barbara area?

StoneHouse is a more quiet, romantic setting. The local "big event" restaurant is Downey's - quiet, discreet casually elegant, refined service. They have a sweet alcove table too.

Recently at buchon for a "big event" (only because Downey's was closed on Monday) and left feeling very confused what the fuss is about that restaurant. Food was meh. Busy and lively, not exactly an intimate moment place. But it is popular.

Juliene has great food but tables are close and it is small and casual.

El Encanto Hotel is another terrific location setting. Or for something more rustic but very romantic - Cold Springs Tavern.

Sep 27, 2014
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Recs for Lakeport, Ukiah or Hopland?

Spent childhoods in this area, but it looks like it remains a culinary wasteland. Too bad my grandmother can't have you over for her famous lemon meringue pie!

Sep 27, 2014
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Santa Barbara lunch spot on water

It is the land of the $20 hamburgers but you get the view for free.

Sep 21, 2014
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Santa Barbara lunch spot on water

It is a hotel with a restaurant, up on the Riviera hillside behind the town a little beyond the Mission Santa Barbara. Lovely parks and neighborhood to visit even on its own. #22 bus used to take you up there but I think it might now be a suspended route. Check with MTD because this #22 bus route is was really like a tour of SB highlights starting from down town.

Belmond is the parent company - used to be Orient and Express who did the extensive remodeling of the site. But known to all locals still simply as the El Encanto. Dinner gets pricey and reviews have been mixed. But lunches there are lovely and the daytime patio dining views of the city and hillside cannot be beat.

Sep 19, 2014
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Santa Barbara lunch spot on water

I like the restaurant choices at the Harbor (not the wharf - two different things but both can work)

Chuck's Harborside out door patio is a local favorite for great views across the yachts and sailboats, along with Brophy Bros and a variety of smaller places -food is good enough. On the Alley does not have a view is down there too, but great casual items for carry out so you can sit out wherever you want and take it all in.

Toma Toma on Cabrillo Blvd is right in the middle of all of this, but no view but some pretty outstanding reviews for food.

There are some outdoor tables over the water at SB Shellfish on the Wharf (different location from the Harbor) and I had a very good crab louie there a few months ago.

And for a more remote beachside location, try the Boat House at Hendry's Beach at the end of Las Positas Road - also known as Arroyo Burro Road.

For spectacular city views, the Belmond El Encanto for lunch up in the hills behind Santa Barbara is a very worthy option - large patio, good lunch items and a special quiet place to feel indulged.

Sep 18, 2014
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Dinner with Dog in Santa Barbara?

Louie's Restaurant is in the Upham Hotel, a few blocks from the Ground Zero downtown restaurant zone (1200 block State Street area) and near a large city park where rover can roam, but not off-leash.

Louie's is a sleeper - intimate setting, good food, good variety, nice service. Sometimes I forget about it but when one asks what is a real Santa Barbara dining experience you certainly can do well in this very historic old hotel setting that has been lovingly refurbished. Thanks for the reminder.

Sep 17, 2014
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Pismo Beach or nearby - where to eat?

Thanks. Yum.

Sep 15, 2014
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Pismo Beach or nearby - where to eat?

Please tell me more about the Avila Valley Farm. We often to to See Canyon for apples - Gopher Glen. Berry pie sounds like a nice dessert after our favorite Mo's BBQ.

Sep 12, 2014
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Pismo Beach or nearby - where to eat?

Mo's BBQ - Filthy Phil ribs on the main drag -Pomeroy street - very casual. Then some salt water taffy down the street towards the pier at Hotlix. Or some pecan bars.

Sep 09, 2014
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Carpinteria Eats - The List

Went to The Spot - okay burger, nothing worth raving about.

Giannfrancos is not "upscale" but very family friendly - just a very good presentaton of insprired cooking. Mom runs the front of the house and son with his culinary degree handles the back. Family friendly and delcious - you have it all here. Casual, friendly atmosphere.

Don't overlook the seaside restaurant The Shoals - in the Cliff House motel in Las Conchitas a few miles down the road. Okay food but a million dollar setting - palm trees, breaking ocean waves and and endless Pacific view sitting poolside and nary a sound coming from the free way next door.

A pretty amazing visual and sensual experience for the settting - like a mini trip to Hawaii almost - pick carefully through the menu and don't expect stellar results and you and your family will be quite happy.

http://www.cliffhouseinn.com/shoals.htm

Sep 06, 2014
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New in Santa Barbara

Agree, I probably should not have made Scarlett Begonia sound like Scarlett Begonia was a centerpiece. My last meals there have not been inspiring either. But it just needed to be mentioned along with this very interesting block of choices since it is tucked inside the middle of the street-facing alternatives.

Not sure what happens to these smaller restaurants that start out so well at first and then lose something over time - change in staff, change in focus, change in patrons. But what was creative and inspired at first become dull and predictible -- but maybe hit a stride for those that appear to still enjoy it.

Sep 04, 2014
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New in Santa Barbara

Thanks for your report.What flavors did you have at Rori's Ice Cream? - she has a very creative touch with some of them. Haven't tried the Olio Crudo Bar yet, but it is one my list. I want to try the walk away "cones" at the Public Market Counter Culture too - either samples of cheese or imported cold cuts

That is one heck of a block for SB dining choices now all around the the 1200 block of State - West Victoria - Chapala - West Anapamu. With parking. They ought to give is a special name --like Restaurant Square or something, with Scarlett Begonia right in the middle.

Sep 03, 2014
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Cabo San Lucas - one lunch only

The Cabo threads are old - any suggestions for lunch on a cruise ship port stop day? Thanks. Think we will try the Hacienda as an old reliable but would love to hear about anything new and notable.

Sep 01, 2014
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Mazatlan Summer 2014 ~ recomendaciones por favor

Pacifico beer! Home grown in Mazatlan

Sep 01, 2014
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Donuts in Santa Barbara?

West Carrillo is the best Spudnuts.

Sep 01, 2014
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Gut Reaction - Drinks after work in Oakland

The Lake Chalet on Lake Merritt of course - this park is really rocking these days - give it your support.

http://www.thelakechalet.com/

Happy hour menu - beautiful deck over the water - watch the sunset.
http://www.thelakechalet.com/userfile...

HAYWARD - SAN LEANDRO Eat 14th Street: Padi - Indonesian

Padi: Between Hayward ad San Leandro on East 14th Street is a familly run Indonesian casual restaurant - table service or take-out with a small selection of Indonesian spices and cooking products.

http://www.padibayarea.com/

We had the multic-ourse Rijstaffel for two - good sample of lots of classics and all were excellent. The hits were the beef, chicken satay, green beans and fried kecap noodles. With a great sticky black rice and coconut cream dessert.

Lovely Indonesia teas - jasmine hot or cold along with other SEAsian flavors. No beer or wine. Off street parking and close to 880 - 238 freeway access.

This place is a find - about a year old and we wish it every success.

Omaha Steaks; a good deal??

We were gifted some and they were terrible. Way, way over-priced for poor supermarket quality meat. They must survive as corporate gift box items only. Do not waste your money on anything in their package and prepare for a huge disappointment if you end up with them as a gift.

No flavor, no marbeling, weird texture -- like eating mushy cardboard or a rice cracker. I suspect, but don't know, they take unrecogniable cuts of beef and run them though one of those prong tenderizer apparatus thing and get this weird textured thing they call "steaks".

The steaks are cut into squares and don't seem to follow any muscle pattern or grain. Make up a big batch of chimmichurri sauce and be prepared to enjoy what you put on them instead of what is in them.

Aug 28, 2014
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New in Santa Barbara

I think SB Public Market needs to be identified more as a food court than a "public market".

I suspect they were required to put in the grocery market part because they were tearing down a prior large chain store than served the surrounding neighborhood.

But the title SB Public Market is not a concept that immediately resonates with its primary draw, which is being a darn good food court. And like you say, a very good place to take people who have differing tastes.

Aug 24, 2014
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Food at Hearst Castle

This is a bit of a wasteland for recommendations. Cambria is your best shot. Don't think there is much at all in the vicinity of the Castle itself. Ragged Point Inn might be your best shot for the rugged ambiance:

http://raggedpointinn.com/restaurant.php

Aug 24, 2014
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One night in Santa Barbara - Where to Eat?

Recent newspaper review of the Santa Monica Fishmarket, also in the Santa Barbara Public Market along with Empty Bowl, gave it high praise value for the dollar.

These blocks along State Street - 1000-1300 State Street and surrounding side blocks are the best target for anyone wanting to sample a wide variety of SB dining experiences: high-end to humble.

Aug 24, 2014
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Dogs OK in CA restaurants

Gov Brown signed bill that allows dogs in California restaurants - 8/22/14

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Ca...

Aug 22, 2014
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