Yes, we know that Oprah lives here and that the rich and beautiful from La-La land weekend here, but Santa Barbara does have deals. Julie Besonen of The New York Times finds some great deals in her latest article, but she’s missed a few great places to go in Santa Barbara that won’t break the bank.
For a healthy meal:
My favorite place to grab a leisurely meal without the guilt is without a doubt the Natural Cafe. Vegans and vegetarians will find a medley of options, but carnivores will find good grub here, too. Their luscious fresh salads are served in oversized wooden bowls and their sandwiches are always satisfying and filling. Try the East Beach salad with grilled veggies or the Tostada Salad with steamed tofu and tahini ginger dressing. Even your soul will feel wholesome.
Natural Cafe — Two locations in SB
For a sinful breakfast/brunch:
Indie hipsters and families gather at the Tupelo Junction Cafe for to-die-for eggs, french toast (and for those truly looking for a sinful bfast, chicken fried steak). The waitresses are sexy (or so the boyfriend noticed) and the service superb. Try the Dungeness crab cakes with poached eggs and avocado salsa. Also amazing are the french toast. Sour baguettes are buttered up and made into french toast, topped with fresh whipped cream and surrounded with loads of sweet-tart raspberry sauce.
For cheap and delicious Mexican food:
Mesa locals head to Mexican Fresh for fish tacos, burritos and carnitas made without a touch of lard. This little joint (next to Blenders — another Santa Barbara favorite) serves up fresh agua de Horchata and the best grilled veggie burrito I’ve ever had. You’ll leave lunch full and still have money for a cookie at Lazy Acres across the street.
Map of 315 Meigs Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93109