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Weekly Gathering:

Happy hour at Beachside Bar and Café, Friday evenings at 5:00

This week

Saturday Jan 31:Trip to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Don't forget to indicate on the doodle poll if you want to come!

Previous outings

Jan 24th: Channel Islands excursion

Jan 21st Mexican Restaurant: Los Tarascos

Jan. 18th: Sunday afternoon wine tasting: The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail
2:30 AVA Winery, 3:30 Oreana, 4:30 Lafond

Jan 21st Mexican Restaurant: Los Tarascos

Area Restaurants

Arnoldi's Cafe - Little Italian restaurant in historic stone building from 1930's with seating and bocce ball out back.
Beachside Bar & Cafe, down the hill from KITP overlooking Goleta beach.
The Boathouse - Seafood place right on Hendry's beach.
Brewhouse - Pretty much what you expect - beer and hearty food. For large groups, they require a pre-selected menu with only 4 entree choices.
Carlitos - Nice Mexican restaurant on State Street.
Edomasa - Sushi.
Olio Pizzeria - Highest rated pizza place in town, but kind of pricey (up to $20 for individual pie).
Opal - California/Fusion.
Trattoria Vittoria - Italian. Will only take large groups either early (before 5:30) or late (after 8:00).

Other suggestions

from a former local (i.e. Elena's favorites)

Arigato, Japanese Restaurant on State St. Excellent sushi (the Dracula roll was my favorite). It's quite fancy and very popular, but well worth the wait.
La Super Rica, on Milpas St. Hands down the best restaurant in town, and one of the cheapest. Real-deal Mexican food. Very informal, expect to be in a line unless you show up after 9pm. No credit/debit cards, cash only.
Paradise Cafe', on Anacapa St., for very good burgers.
Pacific Crepes, also on Anacapa, makes amazing crepes. Real French place (and real French service..).
The Palace Grill, on Cota St., has very good Cajun and Creole food. Their jalapenio corn bread is a killer.
D'Angelo's, on Gutierrez, great weekend brunches and bread.
Jeannine's Restaurant and Bakery, on upper State St., also very good for brunch, perhaps more quiet than D'Angelo's.
Ahi Sushi, on upper State St. - very popular Japanese among the locals.
Via Maestra, also on upper State St., for a real Italian espresso. Their Tiramisu is good, too.
Hungry Cat, a fancy fish restaurant on Chapala St. Excellent food (though pricy) - and excellent cocktails!
Blue Agave, on Cota. Fine dining and great martinis.
Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, at the end of Stearns Wharf. A tiny shack where you can get fresh local crab and lobsters for half the price of the restaurants. It's very small, doesn't take reservations and you can only sit at the counter, so it's good for small groups only. It's a must-try.
Gino's Pizza, Figueroa St., best pizza in town (and this is from an Italian).
McConnell's, on De La Vina. The most popular ice-cream in town. All organic etc.
Cold Spring Tavern. This is a short drive from Santa Barbara. Check out their website, it's a small gem. Try their Tri-Tip sandwich, oh and the chili!

Beach Barbecue

Goleta Beach, a short walk from KITP, has barbecue pits that you can use. Reservations are usually not required unless you have a very large group and need a certain area. Please note: beach bonfires are not permitted anywhere in Santa Barbara County. (They are only permitted in certain places anywhere in California.)

Hiking around Santa Barbara

Local Events

1st Thursday

  • Visit more than 30 art venues, talk with artists, view exhibits, listen to live music, and create art yourself. Downtown S.B. will once again open its doors to the public with 1st Thursday, a celebration of arts and culture. You are sure to find an evening full of entertainment as you visit over 30 art venues to talk with artists, watch demonstrations, view exhibits, listen to live music, and create a little art yourself.


Jazz & Folk Music

  • Thursday evenings in September, Jazz at the Plaza, 5pm-7pm. Food & Wine Tasting; $15 donation.

  • SB has but one place that features jazz and folk: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club .They have decent food if you want to eat before/during a performance.

Sport Activities

  • Anyone interested in swimming/running (maybe biking if nice bikes available for renting) or playing some sports like table tennis or soccer at the Rec.Cen. of UCSB !? Drop a line here or pop up at my office

Santa Barbara Theaters