A RO U N D T OW N SUMMERTIME by the WHARF After surviving 130 years of wear and tear—including two fires and an earthquake— Stearns Wharf still summons visitors from all over the world for fresh fish, seaworthy activities, and tasty treats. >
Sea decor from Old Wharf Trading Company, 217 Stearns Wharf, SB, 805-962-4118.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MIKE GARDNER
O L D W H A R F TRADING COMPANY
SANTA BARBARA SHELLFISH COMPANY
OLD AND NEW HAUNTS STEAM UP Grab your rod and reel for a seaside escape on the oldest working wooden pier in California. Fishing off the end of the wharf has become a favorite pastime for locals, who can be seen from miles away with the catch of the day. This season, throw a line out for halibut, bass, and bat rays. For a little fun in the sun, the sand volleyball courts surround-
ing the pier are a great way to get that beach bod sun-kissed and in shape. Put your beach cruiser to rest and indulge in some pub grub at Union Ale Brewing Company, 214 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-845-8243, unionale.com. Choose from more than 20 beers on draft to pair with the famous smoked St. Louis barbecue pork ribs (from $12) or try the Hawaiian
luau flat bread pizza topped with Canadian and smoked bacon, a variety of cheeses, pineapple, jalapeños, and Heffewiezen fennel tomato sauce ($14). An oldie but goodie, the Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, 230 Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, 805-966-6676, sbfishhouse.com, has been a destination for fruits of the sea for more than 25 years. The flash
THE SUMMER ON THE WHARF... fried crab cakes topped with a lemon aioli ($14) is a secret recipe of The White family— who have owned the restaurant since 1980. Or cool off with the fresh shrimp ceviche ($9), served with homemade tortilla chips—a local favorite. Head down the street to the Funk Zone for a wine tasting experience at the new Municipal Winemakers,
28 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, 805-931-6864, municipalwinemakers.com. Vintner and UCSB graduate (class of 2001) Dave Potter specializes in Rhône varietals, tagging his handmade vinos (from $18) with names such as Bright White, Pale Pink, and Sweetness. Enjoy the summer sun out on the patio with a glass of his newest release, FIZZ ($35)—a sparkling Syrah.
MOTHER STEARNS CANDY COMPANY MUNICIPAL WINEMAKERS
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Satisfy that sweet tooth at Mother Stearns Candy Company, 219 Stearns Wharf, Ste. B, Santa Barbara, 805962-6010, stearnswharf.org. With more than 200 different confections—from gummy worms to homemade fudge— the possibilities are endless. For a classic treat, opt for the saltwater taffy—there are more than 20 sweet flavors to choose from. - Sarah You ng
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