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n behalf of the staff, artists, photographers, designers, writers and others who have helped to make Passport Gateway Magazine the area’s most popular visitor guide since 1995, we invite you to join the millions of readers who have used our magazine to find the very best places to eat, shop and play in Paradise on the Pacific, where the unique east to west, southern facing coastal orientation creates the Mediterraneanlike abundance of sunshine, moderate temperatures and dazzling beauty that
attracts more than six million annual visitors to this seaside sanctuary commonly called the American Riviera. This is the place that was claimed by Spain in 1542, when the first European to set foot on the California coast was greeted by gift-bearing Chumash Indians who had thrived here for thousands of years and are today one of the region’s largest employers and philanthropists. This was the moviemaking capital of the world in the early 20th Century. This is where Charlie Chaplin built a hotel and Jimmy Cagney owned a wharf; where Laurence Olivier married Vivien Leigh and John & Jackie Kennedy honeymooned; where miles of palm lined beaches frame a moving canvass of white sailboats on crisp blue seas and magnificent sunsets silhouette the rich, red terra cotta rooflines that surround one of California’s most popular Spanish Missions; where you’re 92 miles north of Los Angeles,
332 miles south of San Francisco, and, hopefully, far enough from home to become accustomed to a more relaxed, carefree lifestyle as you explore the sun-drenched beaches, picturesque harbor, gourmet restaurants, shopping treasures, museums, galleries, awardwinning wineries and historical sites. This is also the place where you’ll find charming sidewalk cafes and worldclass restaurants; and, where you’ll enjoy shopping adventures at first-class national and international stores as well as our eclectic mix of locally owned shops, boutiques and galleries. This is the home of five Nobel Prize winners; media celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Laura Schlessinger
and Dennis Miller; entertainers Jeff Bridges, Carol Burnett, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Bo Derek, Kirk Douglas, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dennis Franz, Tab Hunter, Kathy Ireland, Michael Keaton, Cheryl Ladd, Christopher Lloyd, Rob Lowe, Eva Marie Saint and Jonathan Winters; singers and songwriters Jeff Barr y, Jackson Browne, Christopher Cross, David Crosby, Barry DeVorzon, Bruce Johnston, Kenny Loggins, Jim Messina, Peter Noone and Glen Phillips; TV/film producers and directors Bruce Brown, Chris Carter, Tom Pollock, Ivan Reitman, Joel Schumacher, Dick Wolf and Robert Zemeckis; bestselling authors Jack Canfield, Barnaby Conrad and Sue Grafton; sports legends Jimmy Connors, Fred Couples, Tommy Curren and Andy Granatelli; business titans Gene Montesano, Charlie Munger, Paul Orfalea, Fred Siegal, Harold Simmons, Herb Simon and Ty Warner; and, all of the rest of us who live, work and play in one of the world’s favorite destinations. Welcome to paradise. We’re glad you’re here. - Betty Carroll 7
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Holiday Shopping Santa Barbara Style! A shopper’s paradise in paradise! If you’re looking for something unique original, and do in Downtown Santa&Barbara you’re sure to find it here with everything rganization Website at from locally owned specialty boutiques, com or tophone 22 & dozens 962-2098 of art galleries,ext. department retail stores, and two major shopping centers. See our special Holiday Shopping Guide starting on pg.14
14 HOLIDAY NATASHA On theSHOPPING Forward Edge International Fashion 12 INofSANTA BARBARA Santa Barbara’s Favorite Women’s Boutique The Best Places to Find the Perfect Gift! 16 SANTA BARBARA WINERY 18 AN World ORCHIDELIC CELEBRATION! Class Varietal Wines 67th Annual GOLF Santa Barbara International Orchid Show 60 SANDPIPER COURSE ON THE WATERFRONT 22 24 QUI SI BELLA LUXURY ECO-WELLNESS SPA Extraordinary Experiences Ocean Views! CompleteGolf Guide to Santa&Barbara’s Waterfront Beauty from Within WORLD CLASSART WHALE WATCHING STUDIO 25 30SANTA BARBARA GLASSBLOWING restaurant close-ups The Whales Summer Are In! A Santa BarbaraofOriginal 32 THE ANDERSEN’S RESTAURANT & BAKERY NEW AT THE ZOO 28 33 WORLD CLASS WHALE WATCHING Giraffes Among Santa Barbara Zoo’s New Additions Right here, right now, in the Santa Barbara Channel! 38 OPAL RESTAURANT 56 THE LAND SHARK CLOSEUPS 44 RESTAURANT BOATHOUSE RESTAURANT Showing you Santa Barbara by land and sea! OPAL RESTAURANT 60 36WELCOME TO RANCHO SAN MARCOS theHARBOR Golf Gods Play! 40Where THE RESTAURANT DEPARTMENTS 44 KAHUNA GRILL 14 50 SHOPPING GUIDE THE BOATHOUSE BLUSH MAP 16 54 MONTECITO
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â€œOne of those places we return to again and againâ€Śâ€? ~Frommers with Kids
in Santa Barbara The Best Places to Find the Perfect Gifts!
Holiday shopping in Santa Barbara is a rewarding experience and there’s no greater reward than discovering the eclectic mix of locally owned boutiques, galleries and shops that are some of the best places to find the perfect gifts in paradise on the pacific. We’ll begin at Loreto Plaza at the corner of State and Los Positas streets where you can enjoy a luxurious spa treatment at Qui si Terri Taber, pastel artist - Santa Barbara Arts Bella eco-Wellness spa and find quality skin care products, candles, exotic scents and gift certificates for that special person on your list. No matter what time of day you’ve begun your shopping adventure, Le Café Stella, the popular French-American cafe overlooking Loreto Plaza on McCaw Avenue is a locals favorite place to eat, drink and relax for breakfast, lunch or dinner. From Loreto Plaza, we recommend you travel south on State Street to Downtown santa Barbara, where you’ll find the area’s highest concentration of retail shopping treasures in the eleven blocks from Sola Street south to Highway 101 with abundant public parking off Chapala and Anacapa streets and open-air trolleys, electric shuttle buses and pedi-cabs available to help you navigate the most beautiful downtown on the California coast. As you enter the downtown area, be sure to visit natasha, the contemporary women’s clothing boutique in Victoria Court at 1231 State Street that specializes in easy care, easy wear casual clothing in natural fabrics made in California as well as the area’s largest selection of Citron and Cutloose apparel and a wide selection of accessories, shoes, bags, jewelry and hats. And since you’re just across the street from the box office at the beautifully restored Granada Theatre at 1214 State Street, may we suggest that tickets to the State Street Ballet’s December 22nd or 23rd performances of The Nutcracker with a full orchestra or the February 9th or 10th performances of Firebird set to the music of Stravinsky performed by the Santa Barbara Symphony. The santa Barbara Museum of art store at 1130 State Street on the lower level of the SBMA in downtown area’s charming cultural district offers a variety of merchandise unique to the Museum of Art’s permanent The Yes Store collection and special exhibitions, including the area’s finest 12
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Shopping Guide ANGEL 1221 Coast Village Rd., Montecito 565-1599
Montecito boutique, Angel, reflects a mix of high fashion & casual beach elegance with luxe collections of jewelry, knitwear, denim, swimwear, separates & handbags. Angel prides itself on its unique local interpretation of fashion & individual approach to style, with many new lines from emerging & wellknown designers arriving for the coming season. Open Mon.-Sat., 10am-7pm, Sun. 11am-6pm.
BIKINI FACTORY 2275 Ortega Rd., Summerland, 969-2887
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33 JEWELS 814 State St., 957-9100
Locally owned, 33 Jewels is proud to feature a diverse collection of several Santa Barbara jewelry artists as well as international jewelers. This full service jeweler has an extensive collection of diamonds & colored stones and a variety of precious metals. 33 Jewels also offers a distinct & unique bridal selection, create your custom designs, repair work and service on fine watches. Their fine craftsmanship is heirloom quality – handmade and symbolic, each a small wearable treasure. Open 11am-6pm daily, Noon-5pm Sunday. Closed Tuesdays.
A mainstay of the Santa Barbara shopping experience, Bikini Factory is only 5 minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, nestled in the cozy artistic community of Summerland. Bikini Factory not only sells but creates ladies swimwear for all body types & ages, offering full service, constantly updated stock and they mail too!
LOVEBIRD BOUTIQUE & JEWELRY BAR
535 State St., 560-9900 7 East De La Guerra, 568-3800 lovebirdsb.com This locally owned boutique, with 2 downtown locations, offers a wide & varied selection of women’s apparel, handbags, shoes, accessories & Zia Jewelry created by owner Jennifer Scarbrough. Choose from fashions by Johnny Was, Flax, Wooden Ships, XCVI, Green Dragon & more. Lovebird offers a comfortable & affordable Santa Barbara shopping experience. (Continued on page 20)
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selection of art books, music and dvds. You’ll find distinctive art objects, jewelry and apparel by local artists, as well as beautiful SBMA signature products, and educational children’s books and toys. The Museum Store proudly supports fair-trade merchants from around the world, and, all proceeds support the Museum of Art’s exhibitions and extensive education programs. A block south on the east side of State Street, the charming La Arcada Court is the home of Oliver & Espig Jewelers renowned for the finest selection of gemstones from rare and exotic places, one-of-a-kind pieces and custom made designs at 1108 State Street, Santa Barbara Arts at 1114 State Street, Suite 126 Oliver & Espig where you’ll discover fine contemporary crafts and one-of-a-kind gifts from hand-made jewelry to pottery, hand blown glass, photography, wind chimes, bells, artistic clothing and more from over 40 local artists. For over 35 years, The Andersen’s Danish Bakery and Restaurant has been providing the finest authentic Danish and European cuisine and bakery items available at 1106 State; and, they’ll ship their world-famous Kringle, Butter Rings and Danish Strips along with other wonderful items directly to your door! The Yes Store, Santa Barbara’s annual artist cooperative, located at 930 State Street is celebrating their 44th season of offering special hand-made custom jewelry, ceramics, fused and blown glass, graphics, photography, weaving and clothing on sale through Christmas Eve; and, if you’re holiday shopping on Sunday, be sure to visit the Sunday Arts & Crafts Show where over 200 resident artists display their own original work in a beautiful outdoor setting under the palms on Cabrillo Boulevard from Stearns Wharf to Chase Palm Park at the only continuous, nonjuried arts festival of original drawings, painting, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world. 33 Jewels at 814 State Street in the historic El Paseo, California’s first shopping center, is a popular, full service jeweler that proudly features a diverse collection of wearable treasures from Santa Barbara jewelry artists and international jewelers that include an extensive collection of diamond, colored stones, and, a variety of precious metals. At the corner of Carrillo and State streets, Wendy Foster State Street, one of downtown Santa Barbara’s premier shopping destinations for over 20 years, offers discerning shoppers the opportunity to create entire coordinated outfits, often featuring lines designed locally or not available elsewhere, from an extensive inventory of clothing and accessories; and, the locally owned Lovebird Boutique & Jewelry Bar stores at 535 State Street and 7 East De La Guerra offers a wide and varied selection of women’s apparel, handbags, shoes, accessories and Zia jewelry created by owner Jennifer Scarborough. You’ll find more exquisite holiday gifts at the Santa Barbara Art Glassblowing Studio at 706 East Mason Street, where master glass artists will help you design your own handblown ornaments. Before we leave Santa Barbara for the lush coastal community of Montecito 18
where celebrity residents like Oprah Winfrey, Kirk Douglas, Rob Lowe and numerous other famous entertainers, artists and writers are often spotted in the area’s upscale boutiques, galleries, fine restaurants and world class hotels; we recommend a visit to Santa Barbara Winery, to enjoy the wine tasting room at the area’s oldest winery just two blocks from the beach at 202 Anacapa Street; and, if you need a break from your holiday shopping extravaganza, we suggest you visit the Santa Barbara Zoo that is known as one of the world’s most beautiful zoos and is home to 160 species of mammals, Ed Spaw - Santa Barbara Arts reptiles, birds and insects exhibited in open, naturalistic habitats overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Andree Clark Bird Refuge and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Montecito is divided into the two areas shown on the map on page 16 of this magazine. The Upper Village near the corners of East Valley Road and San Ysidro Road is bordered by the historic San Ysidro Ranch, the luxury resort that is considered to be one of the most romantic hideaways in the world. The Lower Village on Coast Village Road between Olive Mill Road and Hot Springs Road is bordered by the palatial Four Seasons Biltmore that combines the glory of historic California with legendary Four Seasons service. We’ll begin this phase of our holiday shopping adventure in the Upper Village at Wendy Foster in the Plaza del Sol at 516 San Ysidro Road, the flagship of four stores that this local fashion icon owns in the greater Santa Barbara area. Wendy Foster was raised in Montecito and this store has earned a national reputation for showcasing her classic luxury fashion collections from New York, Paris, Los Angeles and Asian based designers, and, her unique hand picked jewelry selections in artfully designed displays. The Upper Village is also home to the Pierre LaFond Montecito Market at 516 San Ysidro Road where you’ll find a wide array of unique gift baskets, olive oil, vinegar and other culinary treats. In the Lower Village, we suggest you visit the elegant Montecito Inn that was built in 1928 by the legendary Charlie Chaplin on the corner of San Ysidro Road and Coast Village Road before you explore the mix of high fashion and casual beach elegance with luxe collections of jewelry, knitwear, denim, swimwear, separates and handbags at Angel at 1221 Coast Village Road, the younger and more hip of the four Wendy Foster stores that showcases cutting-edge collections from designers like Joie, Nightcap and MK2K. Our holiday shopping adventure concludes with a visit to the charming seaside community of Summerland, just five minutes from downtown Santa Barbara, where the Bikini Factory, at 2275 Ortega Road, has been offering all shapes and sizes of mix & match bikinis for over 40 years along with cover-ups, shoes and colorful beachwear. Happy Holidays! 19
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NATASHA 1231 State St., 965-4542 This contemporary women’s clothing boutique specializes in wash & wear easy clothing in natural fabrics made in California. A fun place to shop, Natasha offers a wide selection with personalized service, and daily shipments of new merchandise. Natasha also has the largest selection of CITRON silks and rayons and wonderful, cozy, colorful sweaters. Great jewelry, shoes, handbags and belts by HOBO make Natasha your one-stop boutique and they can ship your purchases home for you!
OLIVER & ESPIG JEWELERS 1108 State St., 962-8111 www.oliverandespig.com
Located at La Arcada Court in the heart of historical downtown, Oliver & Espig Jewelers is renowned for the finest selection of gemstones from rare and exotic places. The award-winning Oliver & Espig architects of fine jewelry team specializes in one-of-a-kind 20
pieces as well as custom made designs and is committed to display the uniqueness of each jewel and artist they represent.
QUI SI BELLA ECO-WELLNESS SPA 3311 State St., 682-0003 (In the Loreto Shopping Center)
This luxurious eco-wellness spa combines modern advancements in beauty treatments with ancient holistic healing rituals amidst the soothing waterfalls & Tuscanstyle décor. Select from an extensive spa menu & emerge glowing with serenity & health from the inside, out. In Italian Qui Si Bella implies “beauty from within.” Let Qui Si Bella bring out your beauty. Call for appointment. Scan the code to view the modern beauty treatments and ancient holistic healing rituals that will inspire your senses and renew your spirit! (Continued on page 24)
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Shopping WENDY FOSTER - Montecito
516 San Ysidro Rd., Montecito, 565-1506
Wendy Foster - a local store with a national reputation. Wendy was raised in Montecito and now has four stores in the area. The current collections she has in Montecito are: Piazza Sempioni, Shirin Guild, and Dosa, and really, really gorgeous jewelry from around the world. Open 7 days, 9am to 8pm.
WENDY FOSTER - State Street
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SANTA BARBARA ARTS 1114 State St. #26, 884-1938
This locally owned one-stop gift gallery located in the historic La Arcada courtyard features beautifully crafted treasures by fifty local artists including stunning handmade jewelry, hand dyed silks, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, photography, mobiles, books and much more with complementary gift-wrapping. Open daily 11am -6pm.
833 State Street, 966-2276 - wendyfoster.com For over 20 years, Wendy Foster’s boutiques have influenced the Santa Barbara fashion scene by launching young designers & featuring labels from around the world. Wendy Foster State Street is a premier shopping destination in downtown Santa Barbara & offers a mix of street savvy clothing & elegant ensembles. This boutique is a must stop for locals & visitors alike on the popular State Street strip.
THE YES STORE
930 State St., The Yes Store is one of the few artisan cooperatives in business today. Every year, the finest of Santa Barbara’s artisans come together to offer a beautiful array of contemporary art & crafts for your holiday gift giving pleasure. Scan the code to see the Operated & staffed by local artists, the store beautifully crafted treasures at this locally owned features the best in custom fine jewelry, ceramics, fused and blown glass, graphics, one-stop gift gallery located in the historic La photography, weaving & clothing. Open daily 10am-7pm Nov 7-Dec 24 only. Arcada courtyard
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santa BarBara arts 1114 State St. #26, 884-1938 Santa Barbara Arts is your one-stop gift gallery located in the historic La Arcada courtyard. This locally owned shop features beautifully crafted treasures by fifty local artists including Santa Barbara’s own Bud Bottoms, creator of the dolphin fountain. The eclectic mix includes stunning handmade jewelry, hand dyed silks, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, photography, mobiles, books and much more. With complementary gift-wrapping, you’re sure to find the perfect item for someone special... or just treat yourself to a treasured memento of Santa Barbara. Open daily 11am -6pm.
santa BarBara MuseuM of art 1130 State St., 963-1364, www.sbma.net A remarkable permanent collection featuring ancient art: 19th C, American, French & English, 20th C, European, North American & Latin American, as well as a vast collection of works on paper and highly praised Asian art. Showing thru Jan 2013, The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry & Politics in 17th Century China. This exhibition showcases nearly 60 paintings from an era of unrivaled historical drama & artistic achievement in China that spans from the late Ming (ca. 1600-1644) & the early Qing dynasties (1644-ca.1700). Dec 15 thru Mar 2013 view California Dreaming: Plein-Air Painting from San Francisco to San Diego. Also, visit the children’s gallery, café & gift store. Open TueSun, 11am-5pm.
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Events & Activities Shop the Arts & Crafts Show Celebrating its 46th year, the Santa Barbara Arts & Crafts Show was inspired by European sidewalk shows and the outdoor art fiestas of Mexico. Sponsored by the City Parks and Recreation Department since 1965, the show is now the only continuous, non-juried arts festival of original drawings, paintings, graphics, sculpture, crafts and photography in the world. The show is held every Sunday under the palms on Cabrillo Blvd. and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Approximately 200 Santa Barbara County resident artists display their own original work in a beautiful outdoor setting. Come join us for a visit! For information: (805) 897-1982 www.sbaacs.com
Nutcracker –State Street Ballet Presents T his Annual Favorite
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In true holiday spirit, students of Gustafson Dance join Opera San Luis Obispo Orchestra, under the baton of Brian Asher Alhadeff, and State Street Ballet to present the classic tale of Clara and her Prince on Saturday December 22, 2:00 & 7:30 pm and Sunday December 23 at 2:00 pm at The Granada Theatre. Choreography by Rodney Gustafson and Gary McKenzie. February 9, 10, State Street Ballet joins Santa Barbara Symphony in a performance of Stravinsky’s Firebird featuring choreography by NYC’s William Soleau. Firebird tells the tale of Prince Ivan’s magical adventures. Tickets www.granadasb.org or 805-899-2222.
Chumash Casino Resort The Chumash Casino Resort offers gaming at its exhilarating best, including 2,000 slot machines, Bingo and exciting table games like Blackjack and Poker. Cash prizes, weekly luxury car giveaways and exceptional customer service make the Chumash Casino Resort the most exciting getaway in Santa Barbara’s wine country. For some of the best entertainment around, visit the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom. The showroom features intimate seating for 1,300 and hosts top headliner entertainers, world championship boxing and more. You can start and end your day in one of our luxurious suites or relaxing rooms at the AAA FourDiamond-rated Chumash Casino Resort Hotel. For information call 1-800-CHUMASH or visit chumashcasino.com
There’s a place not too far from here where the wines are world class and the jackpots are too. Where you can enjoy Four-Diamond luxury and Five-Star dining. Where the headline entertainment is as hot as the gaming action. Welcome to California’s premier gaming and relaxation destination. Chumash Casino Resort. Just 30 minutes north. In Santa Barbara Win Country.
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Enjoy Local Seafood Specialties at The Santa Barbara Fishouse.
ARCH ROCK FISH 608 Anacapa St., 845-2800
You’re invited to experience Santa Barbara’s newest “neighborhood joint” where Celebrity Chef Scott Leibfried and his HJL Restaurant Advisors partners have created a uniquely local, always welcoming space that serves the best and freshest food and drink available from local vendors. Open for dinner daily and lunch/dinner Sat & Sun. $$(10-30)/FB
THE ANDERSEN’S RESTAURANT & BAKERY 1106 State St., 962-5085
New age Scandinavian cuisine with international flair, excellent wines, melodic harp music during dinner, all accented with genuine Danish pastry and desserts. The Andersen’s love of food and people is evident as you enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dine indoors & delight in the beautiful oil paintings or outdoors on the sidewalk patio; enjoy a leisurely afternoon high tea with friends or, for larger groups, an upstairs party loft awaits you. The Andersen’s is a feast for the eye and tickle for the pallet. $$/BW
THE BOATHOUSE 2982 ½ Cliff Drive, 898-2628 (At Hendry’s Beach, boathousesb.com)
Arguably the most beautiful restaurant setting in Santa Barbara, the Boathouse sits on the sand at Hendry’s Beach, amidst the bluffs. Large beachside patio with giant fire pit, inside/ outside bar with fabulous cocktails (try the Blood Orange) fresh oysters, plus display kitchen with mesquite grills. Open daily from 7:30am and featuring a breakfast that is a sure fire winner any day of the week. $$/FB
CASA BLANCA RESTAURANT & CANTINA 330 State St., 845-8966 www.casablancasb.com
The beautiful exterior of Casa Blanca is just the beginning for diners entering Santa Barbara’s hottest new Mexican restaurant - rivaled only by the wondrous interior created by local renowned architect Jeff Shelton. Delicious & innovative cuisine by Chef Onofre Zuniga is created in their spacious display kitchen. Patio dining, a private banquet facility – Casa Blanca is a joy for all the senses. Open daily from 11am with Brunch served Sat. & Sun. from 9:30am. $$$/FB (Continued on page 34)
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Santa Barbara’s Best Danish Restaurant & Bakery
or over 35 years, Andersen’s Restaurant & Bakery in the historic La Arcada has been serving locals and visitors with the finest authentic Danish and European cuisine and bakery items for breakfast, lunch and candlelit dinner at one of the most charming locations on the West Coast. At The Andersen’s, you can people watch on the sidewalk patio while savoring European style cafe cuisine or dine indoors where the European castle motif is adorned with Royal Copenhagen plates, Danish tile work, gleaming copper pots, fresh flowers, shimmering chandeliers and gilt framed original oils painted by Mr. Andersen. The beautiful, newly renovated LiseLotte room is locals favorite that also provides ample room for parties! The Andersen’s breakfast menu features Eggs Napoleon, Crab Cake, Turkey and Smoked Scottish Salmon Benedicts, Homemade Sausage, and, warm Danish’s, Strudels and Croissants. The lunch menu features traditional Smoked Scottish Salmon, Fiskefilet with Rémoulade, Andersen’s own Chicken Liver Paté and Roast Beef Danish smørrebrød open-faced sandwiches on freshly baked bread, salads, burgers and, numerous other delectable options and changing lunch specials. The Andersen’s ‘High Tea’ that features a festive tier of scone, apple strudel, small sandwiches, a Petite Four, a small cream pastry and strawberries in season accompanied by your choice of teas is served from noon to 9pm daily. Dinner is served by candlelight at Andersen’s to from an extensive menu that features a magnificent marbelized Rib Eye Steak, Smoked salmon with dill sauce, tender, slow roasted Scandinavian Duck, Vol au Vent, Jaeger Schnitzel and other European favorites like the hearty Hungarian Goulash and authentic Frikadeller and Hakkebof. An exquisite wine list includes selections from the Foxen, Wolff Winery, Ancient Peaks, Renard and many more wineries; and, the dessert selections are the perfect conclusion to an outstanding culinary adventure. The PRIX FIXED JAZZ evenings that feature live music from Nicole Lvoff, Randy Tico and Chris Judge create a unique dining experience. The Marzipan Butter Ring is the specialty at Andersen’s world famous bakery that also offers a wide array of baked to perfection pastry; and, they’ll even ship their world famous Christmas Kringles, Cookies, Marzipan Candies, layer cakes and other mouthwatering bakery selections when you visit andersenssantabarbara.com. In Denmark a bakery and restaurant combo is called “Konditori.” Here in America, Mrs. Andersen and Charlotte welcome you to the LAND OF ANDERSEN’S, where the passion for quality and love of the beautiful pastries and cakes are ever present and the new avant-garde take on northern European cuisine that focuses on the Danish but oh so much more will keep you coming back to this very special dining experience located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara at 1106 State Street. 962-5085. 32
A Seafood Joint
Experience Stella Mare’s charming Country French ambiance
CHUCK’S WATERFRONT GRILL 113 Harbor Way, 564-1200
Dine by the boats on the award winning Chuck’s Waterfront Grill deck. Our dinner menu offers Cioppino with seafood fresh from our Fisherman’s Market around the corner, Prime Grade Top Sirloin Steaks, fresh local fish in season, wild caught King Prawns, Maine Lobster Tail, Seared Sea Scallops, and fresh Seafood Pastas. Full bar featuring Chuck’s original Mai-Tai’s; beer and wine list with many local favorites, including our own local Syrah made by the Brander Vineyard. Sunset dinner specials from 5-6:30. Lunch 11:303pm; Dinner from 5pm. Reservations suggested. $$$/FB
ENDLESS SUMMER BAR CAFÉ 113 Harbor Way, 2nd Floor, 564-4666
Upstairs from Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, this surf-inspired bar-café offers great
harbor views and was named one of the “top ten seafood spots by the sea” by Sunset Magazine. The Endless Summer menu features seafood fresh off the docks like sesame crusted ahi tuna on a warm spinach salad, fish & chips and popcorn shrimp, along with crisp salads, burgers, and a Happy Hour with food & drink specials like the Endless Summer Blonde Ale. Live music nightly from 6-9 pm. Bruce Brown, director of The Endless Summer, may be dining nearby on Fresh Pacific Oysters. OPEN 11:30 am $$/FB/E
FARMER BOY RESTAURANT 3427 State St., 687-7011
All-American home style cooking since 1958 & home of Karleskint Catering, Farmer Boy features 75 omelets, cinnamon rolls made fresh daily, early bird & lunch specials. Seniors & Children’s Menu. Located in the San Roque Plaza. $/B&W (Continued on page 36)
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