Monthly Archives: October 2009

Santa Barbara, California

Labor Day Weekend found us on the West Coast in this charming city up the coast north of LA —

bouchon  — our favorite by far; great atmosphere, including patio dining; we enjoyed a wonderful heirloom tomato stack (with various varietals, fried green tomatos, and goat cheese), crab cakes, and better than average seared foie gras; the only disappointment was a veal shank that was little but fat and that was quickly removed by the waitstaff; friendly, efficient service

Downey’stop-rated in Zagat but not our favorite; simply decorated, somewhat formal dining room; uncharacteristically, we had trouble finding something to order on this menu; started with marinated mussels that needed more seasoning (after commenting to the server of this fact, the service noticeably deteriorated); duck and fish entrees were nicely prepared but nothing special; did not like the wine recommended by the server

La Super-Rica Taqueria  very hyped, very casual, inexpensive Mexican spot, supposedly a favorite of Julia Child; large variety of a la carte tacos and other small dishes; everything was freshly prepared from a tiny kitchen;  we enjoyed chiles con queso, chorizo con queso, beef and pork tacos; very good homemade salsas; we understand there can be long lines

Opalfound ourselves on State Street (the main drag in town) and dined at this busy, popular restaurant; lively atmosphere; food was slightly above average; had a pesto bay scallop salad and pizza