While waiting on the main course, I step inside and inevitably run into friends. This is the type of place where fortuitous run-ins occur; the restaurant’s all about bringing people together for a good time. I return just in time to enjoy the black and bleu burger and buttermilk fried chicken sandwich—I suggest splitting two things to get the most of your dinner. Both mains were recommended to us, and it’s easy to see why. The toasted brioche bun cradles a hearty patty, balsamic onions, arugula, garlic aioli, and the ingredient I’ve always avoided, blue cheese. To my surprise, I accept the cheese…and devour my half of the burger along with garlic parmesan fries—our nearly finished, double order of this cheesy flavorful side speaks for the fries’ quality. Although I feel completely full, I move on to the chicken sandwich, and forget my fullness with the first bite. Equipped with pickled onion (a favorite of mine) and cabbage slaw upgraded with piquant jalapeño, it’s an ideal twist to the traditional recipe. Although everything was tasty, and I could not pull myself away from a single dish, the dessert takes the cake (no pun intended). Our waitress expresses that the cast iron cookie is her favorite order, and we reluctantly go along. My goodness am I happy we listened. A classic (and large) chocolate chip arrives in a charming cast iron skillet topped with McConnell’s Brazilian coffee. The combination of a local favorite and everyone’s go to childhood dessert makes for sweet tooth heaven. I am definitely coming back to try the rest of the cookie-ice cream combos—there are three cookie choices and four ice cream flavors to mix and match. My dinner was everything it should be: delicious, entertaining, fun, and concluded with a slightly tipsy food coma, and a very happy belly. As we get ready to leave, I overhear a table raving about the brunch selection…looks like I’ll be back sooner than expected.
32 | JULY/AUGUST 2016
The combination of a local favorite and everyone’s go-to childhood dessert makes for sweet tooth heaven.
Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine | Volume 4 Issue 6