Whether you're on the hunt for sweet or savory food items, Cafe Santa Barbara in Goleta has it all.
Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Cafe Santa Barbara and keep the good meals coming all week long.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Find quality, tasty, and affordable meats here and leave with enough meat for the whole week.
Grab a loaf of bread from Cafe Santa Barbara and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
Purchase some new spices and seasonings from here and treat yourself to a fun and creative night cooking in the kitchen.
Feeling hungry? Your favorite healthy and light snacks are waiting for you at Cafe Santa Barbara.
When you come home late, you don't want to wait to eat. That's why picking up some canned foods from Cafe Santa Barbara will help speed up prep time on just those very nights.
Dinner is on the table in one, two, three with a microwavable meal (you'll be surprised how great it tastes, too!).
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Cafe Santa Barbara can hook you up with the latest coffee and tea beverages.
When you have a long and hard day at work, a frozen meal from here makes for a perfect dinner solution.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Cafe Santa Barbara.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Cafe Santa Barbara and slurp your way to happiness.
If your hydration habits could use some work, pick up some delicious beverages to drink with a meal or on the go.
Both sugary and high-fiber cereals are delicious and this store carries them all.
You can keep your car safe during your shopping visit when you opt to park at one of the nearby options.
So when you want to finish your errands faster, just remember to shop at Cafe Santa Barbara for all your groceries in Goleta.
Go beyond just beans and rice at Pepe's Mexican Food, and fill up on Mexican food that delivers a star-studded performance (according to fans' out-of-this-world, lip-smacking reviews).
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Pepe's Mexican Food.
Keep it casual at Pepe's Mexican Food — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Pepe's Mexican Food also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Guests of Pepe's Mexican Food's Orange Ave location can park their vehicles on the street.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Pepe's Mexican Food is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Most items on the menu are reasonably priced, so expect to spend around $30 per person at Pepe's Mexican Food.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
For the area's highest rated Mexican cuisine, be sure to check out Pepe's Mexican Food.
So swing by Pepe's Mexican Food to get a bite out of your favorite Mexican dish.
When you are ready to taste the latest flavor trends of Mexico, make your way over to Pepe's Mexican Food.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Silvergreens Restaurant in Isla Vista.
Healthy and vegan eaters will appreciate the innovative menu at Silvergreens Restaurant.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Silvergreens Restaurant.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Silvergreens Restaurant's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Silvergreens Restaurant is a dog-friendly establishment, so bring your pup along.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Silvergreens Restaurant's style.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Silvergreens Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Silvergreens Restaurant is surrounded by a number of street parking options for patrons.
Travel by bike to Silvergreens Restaurant and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Listen up, penny pinchers! Silvergreens Restaurant serves lip-smacking dishes that are full of flavor for next to nothing.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Silvergreens Restaurant — swing by for your favorite meal.
Enjoy a hearty meal of steak and potatoes at Goleta's Outback Steakhouse.
Being gluten-free and turning down tasty food are not the same things, and the cooks at Outback Steakhouse will prove to you why not.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
At Outback Steakhouse, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Warm weather brings out Outback Steakhouse's highly coveted patio seating.
At Outback Steakhouse, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Outback Steakhouse for their catering services.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Whether you have a large or small vehicle, parking is easy near Outback Steakhouse.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Meals at Outback Steakhouse are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
If you are seeking the juiciest and most affordable steaks in town, look no further than Outback Steakhouse.
Goleta's Pattaya Bar and Grill offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
At Pattaya Bar and Grill, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Can't get enough of Pattaya Bar and Grill's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
A typical meal at Pattaya Bar and Grill will set you back less than $30.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Enjoy an evening out with out all of the stress with the delicious Thai food at Pattaya Bar and Grill.
Order all of your favorite Thai dishes at Pattaya Bar and Grill and eat your way through the trends of Thailand.
Come taste what Chili's is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
Did you know that food that's low in fat can taste great, too? Chili's' healthy dishes prove that flavor and freshness go hand in hand.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Seating is readily available at Chili's for those with large parties.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Chili's' outdoor patio.
No need to dress up for a trip to Chili's — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Chili's.
Drivers will love the easy parking options just steps away from Chili's.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Chili's.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Chili's hits the nail on the head.
Don't put it off any longer, and give Chili's a try.
At Chili's you can find great American food at any time of the day.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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