As a significant stop on the Urban Wine Trail, Margerum and Au Bon Climat curate an experienced team of vintners who bring the best of their vineyard-grown gems to downtown Santa Barbara. Glass tippers can traverse the neighboring spaces of the Au Bon Climat and Margerum tasting rooms in whatever order they wish, guiding palates through a tasting tour that includes one full flight of wine from each winery. Flatbread and cheese plates from the nearby Wine Cask Restaurant provide ideal escorts for lonely glasses of handmade vino. In each room, guests savor the complex tastes of a flight of a rare or limited-edition vintage, from classic Burgundian-style beverages to estate-grown nebbiolo, teroldego, and petit verdot.
Twin Cups, a healthy-snack kiosk adjacent to the freeway, serves as a roadside oasis for patrons to grab quick, locally sourced treats using convenient drive-thru ordering. After noshers order from the menu at the kiosk and pull up to the curb, friendly staffers custom make nonfat, gluten-free fro-yo and brew cappuccinos to deliver to waiting cars or covered wagons. Order a plain frozen yogurt ($2.65+) or add a touch of sweetness with a choice of two blend-ins, such as raspberry, pineapple, and chocolate ($3.75 with blends). Infuse mornings with a hand-holding beach walk of tropical smoothie ($5.25) swirled with fresh orange juice, yogurt, and blends of pineapple, coconut, and mango. Drivers can also refuel stomach tanks with a medium americano ($2.35), cappuccino ($3.30), or house coffee ($1.85) and freshly baked cookies ($2).
Coffee Cat and Cafe Zoma satisfy caffeine cravings with a wide selection of freshly roasted fair-trade coffee drinks, and silence grumbling tummies with homemade baked goods, sandwiches, and crêpes. Perk up after an exhausting night of sleepskating with a foamy cappuccino ($3.50) or classic house brew ($1.90). Taste buds can nestle up to one of Coffee Cat’s specialty espresso drinks, such as the chocolate-raspberry mocha ($4.55) or honey-hazelnut latte ($4.20), served hot or iced, or the tantalizing selection of premium loose-leaf teas. Break up sipping, slurping, and gargling regimens with a morning-glory muffin—a freshly baked confection of coconut, carrot, cranberries, and walnuts—a slice of vegan zucchini bread, or a cherry-lemon scone. Homemade fluffy crêpes at the Coffee Cat location serve as a snuggly sleeping bag for sweet and savory concoctions, such as smoked ham, egg, and cheese ($6.95) or banana and Nutella ($6.75).
The brewing baristas at Santa Barbara Roasting Company freshly prepare more than 40 different blends and single origin coffees, which warmly woo palates from a café menu of espressos, blends, and teas. Standard espressos ($1.90–$2.65) eschew pomp and frills for straightforward bean-roasted flavors, whereas a caramel latte ($3.50–$4.50) intermingles saccharine delights like prom at a gingerbread high school. Steaming café staples including yerba matte ($2.15–$3.15) and roco cocoa ($2.85–$3.45) offer both warm and iced versions to match any weather. Mocha ice blended drinks ($4.05–$4.95) deliver cold bursts of energy, perfect for warm weather sipping or sharing with a pet snowman.
Between the two of them, longtime friends David Schwartz and Gary Nardilla have nine children. That is a number of mouths to feed, and the fathers do it with fresh, healthy ingredients. So when the friends opened Epic Bowl, they decided to cook for every guest as they would for their own families. Using whatever organic fruits and produce they receive from the farmers’ market that week, the chefs fashion dishes they think will taste great, whether that includes sprout salads, smoothies infused with young-coconut water, or pesto-caprese sandwiches layered with cucumbers, tomatoes, and hearty slabs of cheese. Hot and cold bowls include ingredients such as organic acai, organic chicken, quinoa, and swiss chard. Through the stone-flanked entryway, an outdoor patio is scattered with tables and oversized umbrellas that protect patrons from feral satellites.
The scent of Caribbean Coffee Company beans wafts through The Good Cup's doors, drawing passersby into a parlor filled with comfy seating and freshly baked pastries from D'Angelo's and Debbie's Delights. Once inside, they discover baristas pulling steamy shots of espresso and customers with heads buried in novels and hands grasping ice-cold lattes. Aromas such as mint and lavender emanate from pots of SerendipiTea loose-leaf tea, whose rising steam forms the crossed pattern of a Union Jack proudly waving above fresh-baked British scones. Italian and French influences also shape the menu, which teems with sweet scoops of gelato and savory slices of quiche. The outdoor patio opens up for al fresco dining on warmer days, when the sun’s rays compete with strong Wi-Fi signals for customers’ affections.