Instead of bellying up to a bar, visitors to Avant Tapas & Wine can savor ambrosial tastes—such as Inception chardonnay, Hitching Post pinot noir, and Falcone syrah—at the Wine Wall. Here, a dispensing system measures out exact pours of 52 wines hailing from California’s other wine country—the prolific central coast. Visitors immerse their taste buds in sips of diverse varietals from 20 regional wineries, such as Ground Effect Wine Co. in San Luis Obispo and Hoyt Family Vineyards in Malibu, all produced next door at Terravant Wine Company and enjoyed in Avant’s industrial warehouse confines.
Guests can also pair wines with the celebrated cuisine of chef Robin Reynolds, who harnesses her extensive culinary training and her roots as a Santa Barbara County native to infuse her morsels with local flavors, from hormone-free rib eye to produce picked from nearby organic gardens. While swirling vibrant reds or sweet whites in their glasses, diners take in live music three nights a week or peruse the establishment during tours.
When Flavors Indian Restaurant cofounder Shiv Dave was working as a financial advisor for a big-time accounting firm in Indonesia, he was struck by the lack of authentic Indian cuisine outside of his native country. Together with his wife, professional dietitian Shilpa Dave, Shiv set off the spark for a family-run restaurant dedicated to producing healthy traditional feasts from the Indian subcontinent. As an American extension of the Dave family's original venture in Indonesia, Flavors Indian Restaurant introduces meals of fluffy naan bread, creamy paneer, and zesty curries to the American diet of apple pies and candy-based cereal products. Chefs from India draw from years of professional experience and firsthand knowledge of their culture's cuisine, whipping up meals of tender lamb vindaloo or seafood masala with a well-honed expertise.
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In the heart of Solvang, Cafe Provence sits tucked away inside the towering and statuesque Peterson Village Inn. In the relaxed, bistro-style dining room, the menu beckons visitors to savor a variety of European dishes such as the Danish pan-fried pork schnitzel, French onion soup, and creme brûlée crowned with tart raspberries. To complement each dish's flavors, guests can sip on glasses of wine from one of the valley's many vineyards.
Though fish 'n' chips might strike the casual diner as a simple dish, connoisseurs of the British specialty—including the chefs at Alfie’s Fish & Chips—would beg to differ. To them, the dish hinges on a delicate balance of textures: crunchy, light batter must yield to a soft-and-flaky fish.
It’s this attention to detail that has earned Alfie's Fish & Chips droves of fans and made the cross-timbered shop an anchor of Lompoc. Walk past the red telephone box at the entrance and you’ll be greeted by other charmingly english touches, such as a Union Jack flag and bread bowls filled with clam chowder. The counter area doubles as an english market stocked with biscuits, Cadbury chocolates, and other British delicacies.
The oak trees surrounding Roblar Winery never lose their leaves, standing as a pastoral testament to the mild climate of the Santa Ynez Valley. It's this same climate that attracted winemakers Kerry Damskey and Brian Davison. At this bucolic vineyard just 30 minutes from Santa Barbara, they turn varietals including Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Grenache into wines praised for both their complexity and drinkability. These wines draw enthusiasts from all over to the lodge-style winery, where a 5,000 square foot tasting room hosts regular showcases of Damesky and Davison's creations. Though it's a commanding space, the tasting room is just one welcoming environ of Roblar's estate; guests can also take a glass on a patio shaded by trellised vines, or decamp to the rentable Barrel Room for banquets, conventions, or private parties.