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Best of the Best: Santa Barbara Eateries

Updated: Feb 12


Tired of the same restaurants? Looking to experiment with some delicious Santa Barbara cuisine? Spann & Associates has you covered! Take a look at this categorized list of SB eateries, all voted best of their class by Santa Barbara residents:

Doughnut Shop: Spudnuts Donuts, many locations, spudnutsdonutssb.com Finalist: Eller’s Donuts Burrito/Breakfast Burrito: Super Cucas, many locations, cucasrestaurant.com Finalist (Burrito): Freebirds World Burrito Finalist (Breakfast Burrito): The Daily Grind Breakfast: Cajun Kitchen, many locations, cajunkitchencafe.com Finalist: Jeannine’s Produce Stand/GreenGrocer: Tri-County Produce, 335 S. Milpas St., 965-4558, tricountyproduce.com Finalist: Santa Barbara’s Farmers Markets Health Food/Nutrition Store: Lazy Acres Market, 302 Meigs Rd., 564-4410, lazyacres.com Finalist: Whole Foods Burger: The Habit Burger Grill, many locations, habitburger.com Finalist: Eureka! Steak House: Chuck’s of Hawai‘i, 3888 State St., 687-4417, chucksofhawaii.com Finalist: Lucky’s Pizza: Rusty’s Pizza Parlor, many locations, 564-1111, rustyspizza.com Finalist: Olio Pizzeria Seafood Restaurant/Clam Chowder: Brophy Bros. Clam Bar & Restaurant, 119 Harbor Wy., 966-4418, brophybros.com Finalist (Seafood Restaurant): Lure Fish House Finalist (Clam Chowder):S.B. The Shellfish Company Fresh Fish Market: Santa Barbara Fish Market, 117 Harbor Wy., Ste. A, 965-9564, www.sbfish.com Finalist: Kanaloa Seafood Market Thai Restaurant: Your Place, 22 N. Milpas St., Ste. A, 966-5151 Finalist: Tap Thai Cuisine Indian Restaurant: Flavor of India, 3026 State St., 682- 6561, flavorofindia.net Finalist: Tamira

Chinese Restaurant: China Pavilion, 1202 Chapala St., 560-6028, china-pavilion.com/about Finalist: Mandarin Palace Sushi Restaurant: Arigato Sushi, 1225 State St., 965-6074, arigatosb.com Finalist: Sakana Noodle Bar: Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar, 38 W. Victoria St., Ste. 109, 335-2426, emptybowlnoodle.com Finalist: Noodle City Salad Bar: Savoy Café & Deli, 24 W. Figueroa St., 962-6611, thesavoycafe.com Finalist: Chuck’s of Hawai‘i Appetizers/Tapas: Milk & Honey Tapas, 30 W. Anapamu St., 275-4232, milknhoneytapas.com Finalist: Alcazar Tapas Bar Late-Night Eats: The Blue Owl, 5 W. Canon Perdido St., 705-0991, blueowlsb.com Finalist: Roy Italian Restaurant: Ca’ Dario, 37 E. Victoria St., 884-9419, cadario.net Finalist: Via Maestra 42 Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant: Mesa Verde, 1919 Cliff Dr., 963-4474 Finalist: The Natural Café Ice Cream Shop: McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, 728 State St., 324-4402, mcconnells.com Finalist: Rori’s Artisanal Creamery Frozen Yogurt Shop: Yogurtland, many locations, yogurt-land.com Finalist: Lovin’ Spoonful Chocolate Company: See’s Candy, multiple locations, sees.com Finalist: Chocolate Maya Bakery/Sidewalk café/Patio: Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro, multiple locations, renaudsbakery.com Finalist (Bakery): Anna’s Bakery Finalist (Sidewalk Café/Patio): Paradise Café Cupcakery: Crushcakes and Café, many locations, crushcakes.com Finalist: Enjoy Cupcakes Bagel Shop: Jack’s Bistro & Famous Bagels, two locations, bagelnet.com Finalist: Bagel Café Isla Vista Restaurant: Freebirds World Burrito, 879 Embarcadero del Norte, Isla Vista, 968-0123, freebirds.com Finalist: Woodstock’s Pizza Carpinteria Restaurant: Sly’s, 686 Linden Ave., Carpinteria, 684-6666, slysonline.com Tacos: Lilly’s Taquería, two locations, lillystacos.com Finalist: Mony’s Mexican Food Sandwich: South Coast Deli, many locations, southcoastdeli.com Finalist: Three Pickles Montecito Restaurant: Lucky’s, 1279 Coast Village Rd., Montecito, 565-7540, luckys-steakhouse.com Finalist: Honor Bar Veggie Burger: The Natural Café, many locations, thenaturalcafe.com Finalist: The Habit Burger Grill Barbecue: Woody’s Bodacious Barbecue, 5112 Hollister Ave., 967-3775, woodysbbq.com Finalist: Wildwood Kitchen Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant: S.Y. Kitchen, 1110 Faraday St., Santa Ynez, 691-9794, sykitchen.com Finalist: Industrial Eats Mexican Restaurant/Salsa: Los Agaves, many locations, los-agaves.com Finalist (Mexican Restaurant/Salsa): Los Arroyos Sunday Brunch: Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Finalist: The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach

Stellar Service: The Lark, 131 Anacapa St., 284-0370, thelarksb.com Finalist: Bouchon

*Thank you to SB Independent for info and rankings*


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