CA Coast: Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara was probably one of my favorite stops during our trip. It's young and vibrant, with UC Santa Barbara nearby, and there is so much going on. There's shopping, surfing, eating, drinking, recreational sports games, and, of course, the beach!
Although it was cool and windy when we were there, I got the feeling that Santa Barbara is the place to be on a warm, sunny day.
To start our evening, we headed to Longboard's Grill for happy hour drinks on the wharf.
210 Stearns Wharf
Santa Barbara, CA
ph - 805.963.3311
We weren't lucky enough to score any happy hour specials, but it was happy hour time and we were on vacation! I tried out the Longboard's Blonde and The Mr. went with a standard Bud Light.
And to tide our tummies over until dinner, some delicious chips and dip. The guacamole was to die for and the fresh salsa was great too.
For dinner, we took a recommendation from TripAdvisor:
THE PALACE GRILL
8 East Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA
ph - 805.963.5000
From the outside, The Palace Grill didn't look like anything too impressive, but based on the wait time for two people, it apparently was! While we waiting for our table, we browsed the shops nearby.
And then we were seated! For drinks, we split a bottle of Cakebread, from our time in Napa (I believe the corkage fee was $10):
Instead of bread, each table is served a variety of mini muffins:
Here's what we ordered!
The Palace Sampler Platter (with a few of our own substitutions): Chicken Tchoupitoulas, Cajun Crawfish Popcorn, Blackened Catfish, Blackened New York Steak with Cajun Hollandaise.
And for dessert...
Louisiana Bread Pudding Souffle, unique blend of souffle and bread pudding laced with Grand Marnier and raisins, served piping hot with a delectable whiskey cream sauce.
Can you say FULL? Yipes, we were stuffed! But very happy stuffed. :)