Restaurants Pivot as New Takeout Guide Created

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By edhat staff

Santa Barbara's Restaurant Guy has launched a new "To-Go Guide" as restaurants pivot yet again to offering delivery and takeout only.

Similar to what was created last April, John Dickson "The Restaurant Guy" started a new guide at that features the latest news from restaurants that continue to be open and offer to-go food service during the December COVID-19 lockdown. 

The list currently has over 65 local establishments and is growing by also including delivery services within the county.

Restaurants can email [email protected] to be added to the takeout and delivery list.

Feast of Fishes Takeout on December 20th

Little Dom’s Seafood in Carpinteria is celebrating the classic Italian American Christmas Eve celebration, by offering its own unique take on Feast of the Seven Fishes. The event derives from an ancient Italian tradition of eating fish on Christmas Eve, and emerged in the 1900’s when Italian American families rekindled this tradition by preparing a seven-course seafood meal that made them feel close to their homes, while celebrating the sea – a major connection in Italy.

The restaurant has composed a three-course holiday menu featuring a variety of seven types of fish and seafood offerings. Available exclusively on Tuesday, December 22nd for takeout and delivery and priced at $25 per person, meal courses include:

  • First course: Smoked fish & crab pate with uni butter garlic bread
  • Second course: Squid ink tortiglioni with clams, shrimp, and pancetta
  • Third course: cheesecake with lemon cream

The meal will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis and can be ordered directly for pickup, or delivered through Door Dash (no pre-order) on December 22.

Rosewood Miramar Provides Food Truck Lunch and Christmas Food Baskets

Osteria Caruso’s Executive Chef Massimo Falsini at Rosewood Miramar Beach (courtesy photo)

Rosewood Miramar Beach has reintroduced Miramar-To-Go services to bring the resort’s dining experience home to households in Montecito and beyond. Through the service, nearby residents will be able to take away their favorite dishes and drinks. 

Restaurant Osteria Caruso’s features Executive Chef Massimo Falsini’s favorite recipes from his grandmother’s cookbook and growing up in Italy to showcase California’s flavors and ingredients. Dishes range from Cacio e Pepe to Tagliata di Manzo to a robust selection of Chef’s signature Pinsa Romana, an evolved take on the traditional pizza. Dinner options are available Monday through Sunday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm by calling 805-881-2424.

The resort also has its own food truck that serves lunch options ranging from a Cali Cobb Salad, Crispy Fish Tacos, Hank’s Double Diamond Burger and Dungeness Crab Fritters, as well as craft cocktails, beer, and wine by the bottle. The food truck is open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, walk-up only. 

Available on December 25 only will be Christmas baskets-to-go complete with charcuterie & cheese, aperitifs, salads, pastas, mains, sides, and sweets to share. The baskets start at $165 and can be ordered by calling 805-881-2424 or emailing [email protected]


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giftedinSB Dec 15, 2020 12:37 PM
Restaurants Pivot as New Takeout Guide Created

I feel so bad for restaurant owners and staff. They've had to pivot multiple times - total closure, takeout only, outdoor dining, limited indoor dining, outdoor only, takeout only. Some restaurants are popular enough that they will survive this as well, but others will not.

yiannis93101 Dec 15, 2020 02:02 PM
Restaurants Pivot as New Takeout Guide Created

I do feel for restaurant owners and employees. But you know, I’m honestly getting tired of the whining and constant “ let’s help restaurants”. I’m out of work still too, working in the travel industry. I hardly ever hear people giving pity to the hotels, car rental companies, tour companies, airlines, travel agencies, and the like....who’s business has been decimated. Restaurants, you guys are not the only ones! The clever ones are those that did make dinners in a box, take-away everything, catered for the home. Too bad we all can’t eat out, but so what. I’d rather stay alive than be dead from Covid so that in a few more months, perhaps we can begin doing some of the things we used to.

LincolnLady Dec 15, 2020 08:18 PM
Restaurants Pivot as New Takeout Guide Created

Thanks so much edhat. I wonder how many people would like restaurants to do i) phone orders, ii) no-contact deliveries? Here are my reasons. 1) It's nice to talk to a real person once in a while. 2) Some folks might not own a computer. 3) Some folks might not have a credit card. 4) For some (like me), ordering online with a credit card is too spooky. 5) Some people might not have the transportation needed to pick up a meal. 6) All of the above. Here's another reason: think of all those people who haven't been to a restaurant in almost a year. Solution: Bring the restaurant to them! It's nice to see a person in the restaurant's uniform with the restaurant's food in the restaurant's packaging smelling deliciously familiar.... OK, maybe that's not the strongest reason. Here's a better reason: would make it easier for more of us to support local restaurants. Restaurant owners are working hard to keep their businesses afloat so they need to do what works for them. I get that. Just making a few suggestions. Maybe I just miss the old days (from a year ago)... :-)

a-1608131262 Dec 16, 2020 07:07 AM
Restaurants Pivot as New Takeout Guide Created

The reason most restaurants don't have their own delivery service is that it isn't cost effective for them. It's more cost effective for Postmates, DoorDash, GrubHub, UberEats & Restaurant Connection to do it. Some of the restaurants you can call them and they will process your order via whichever service they subscribe to - try calling your favorite and ask them!!

a-1608193408 Dec 17, 2020 12:23 AM
Restaurants Pivot as New Takeout Guide Created

Whoa! I don't have the data at my fingertips, but I refuse to use those delivery services! I'll hire a driver or cab to pick up my order. Those delivery services TAKE money from restaurants.

LincolnLady Dec 17, 2020 11:08 AM
Restaurants Pivot as New Takeout Guide Created

That's a good idea too! You're all so cool! I think all of us here want restaurants to be successful. We're trying to figure out how to make that happen. If a person wants to order from a restaurant, doesn't have a car (or it's in the shop like with mine), doesn't want their online credit card information hacked (the risk is growing every day), and wants their favorite local restaurants to stay in business, being flexible with a variety of options is good for everybody. :-)

LincolnLady Dec 16, 2020 09:24 AM
Restaurants Pivot as New Takeout Guide Created

Another suggestion for restaurant owners. Called a restaurant this morning to order breakfast sans COVID. (Have a head cold, so no grocery store today.) Got blocked by the restaurant's phone system that requires caller ID (don't have that). There may be valid reasons for having caller ID. However, what about potential customers who don't have caller ID? Several restaurants I've called in the past are either doing fine without caller ID or their caller ID service is transparent to the caller. So didn't get the veggie omelette, the vanilla-coffee milkshake, didn't even come close to their large warm cinnamon roll slathered with gooey icing, much less a piece of their luscious key lime pie for later. Ate canned chicken instead. Just saying.... :-)

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