Good Locally Owned Restaurant

Edhatters: What suggestions do you have for a smallish restaurant in SB that is locally owned and operated and has a fairly healthy menu? I have some visitors coming to town who want to go somewhere different (they've been to the usual popular places). Two of them are vegetarians and two are meat eaters so a menu with variety would be helpful! Thanks!

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a-1568934802 Aug 28, 2019 06:41 PM
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Mesa Verde, Natural Cafe. If you want awesome burritos, head out to FreeBirds in I.V. No ambience, but the food is delicious. Y muy barato.

a-1568934802 Aug 24, 2019 09:52 PM
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These should hit on all mark: Garrett's on the corner of State & Mission, The Benchmark at State & Anapamu, La Guerrita in Old Town Goleta (amazing food!), Food Court at Gelson's, Chicken Ranch (De la Vina location), Tee Off of course, and one of my all-time favorites Harry's Plaza Cafe.

a-1568934802 Jun 04, 2019 07:47 AM
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I am a meat eater but several in the family are not. We go to Cafe Stella a few times a month and everyone seems satisfied with the menu choices. We like it for its friendly service and very good prices. Happy hour bites are excellent and almost a meal in themselves.

visionmatters May 27, 2019 04:36 PM
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The Honey B at Antioch (Cota & Anacapa) upstairs Breakfast and lunch. Plant based interesting and satisfying food from a local young chef.

Sagepup May 21, 2019 06:44 PM
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Try cooking it yourself, Bacon wrapped Tri-tip for the meat eaters and chicken for the vegans :)

a-1568934802 Aug 25, 2019 07:31 AM
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Sounds like nothing with a face, does a fish really have a face ? Why no fish ? I'll be at the Habit . Yum.

a-1568934802 Aug 24, 2019 08:51 PM
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SAGEPUP. Vegetarians eat no meat or fish but do consume dairy products and eggs. Vegans eat no meat, no dairy, no eggs, no animal products. Neither of them eat chicken, i.e.

STARSB Apr 29, 2019 03:04 PM
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Vegan Green Go. Its all Vegan but amazing food and always fresh. Its like a Chipotle setup but much better and they have daily specials.!

a-1568934802 Apr 25, 2019 11:11 PM
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If you want a great tri-tip sandwich head to shalhoob’s in the funkzone... soooo good!!

a-1568934802 Mar 25, 2019 11:42 PM
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Mesa Verde. Order the empanadas. And the desserts are to die for, too.

Steve_O Sep 07, 2017 10:01 AM
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Kyle's Kitchen on Calle Real, Goleta. Sure burgers and fries on the menu, but plenty of healthy items too. Locally owned, named after their wonderful son with special needs, and they even donate a portion of their proceeds to great charities! Their great cashier BEN will greet you cheerfully when you arrive....check out the website: www.kyleskitchen.com

bradleybennett Sep 07, 2017 09:13 AM
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There are a lot of not "healthy" suggestions on this list. Delicious and local, yes, but healthy??? I'm going to jump on the Mesa Verde wagon with several of the other posters. Do not be afraid to take your whole crew there just because it is a vegetarian menu. I am an avid meat eater, but everything on their menu is amazing, and healthy. They do not just have veggies and call it "vegetarian" - they are ingenious with how they craft their recipes in ways that make you forget about having meat at the center of your plate.

Flicka Sep 07, 2017 08:47 AM
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Poster, You sure asked at the right place. Lots of good suggestions. Have a wonderful time with your guests.

CCHandyMan Sep 07, 2017 08:37 AM
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Ditto on the Natural Cafe. They have a great menu and nothing but the healthy stuff. They have many all veggie dishes and chicken dishes if you're so inclined. Kelly always makes sure that his staff are friendly and courteous and provide good food for you.

Gobbledygook Sep 07, 2017 08:28 AM
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Savoy: very local ambience, wide variety of veg entrees (not only salads, though those are good) as well as meat dishes, not shockingly priced. You do order at the counter, though, so it's not full service. We also enjoy the Paradise Cafe for full service.

a-1568934802 Sep 07, 2017 07:40 AM
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The best place that fits what you're describing is Nectar on Cota St. It has great food and a different variety of menu items. I like the feel of the place, too. We've gone there a few times and the owner Brad has always been friendly. Great drinks and Happy Hour, too! I also like the Live Oak Cafe.

SaraOh Sep 07, 2017 06:26 AM
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I often eat at the Live Oak Cafe on Bath and Pueblo. Small, low key, consistently good food for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

a-1568934802 Sep 07, 2017 12:03 AM
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Opal, as realbebe mentioned. I went to jr. high w/one of the partners. My best friend introduced me to it when it was Brigitte's. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I'm partial to the warm seafood salad, the mushroom pizza, and more. Lunch menu: http://opalrestaurantandbar.com/opal_menu_lunch.pdf ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dinner menu: http://opalrestaurantandbar.com/dinner ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I hope you share with us where and what you ate! Address: 1325 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 Menu: opalrestaurantandbar.com Phone: (805) 966-9676

NativeofSB Sep 06, 2017 05:16 PM
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Natural Cafe, and Jane both have healthy food and are locally owned. They have great menu options. The Jane in Camino Real has a full bar, while the Jane downtown serves beer & wine only.

a-1568934802 Sep 06, 2017 04:42 PM
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Jerry's Pollofino in Goleta is AMAZING, but not sure about their vegetarian options other than a darn good been burrito. Also, Itsuki in Goleta too if you like sushi and other interesting Japanese dishes.

420722 Sep 06, 2017 04:37 PM
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Here are a few...Domingos cafe in old town and Pepe's Mexican also in old town. Santa Barbara shellfish co. Lilly's tacos, La super rica on milpas, anything in the public market.

just4kix Sep 06, 2017 04:29 PM
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I had an awesome vegetable soup from Codys today. Large chunks of squash, zucchini, bell peppers in a tomato base. They have a great variety of foods.

Edubsgtown88 Sep 06, 2017 04:24 PM
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Convivo at the Santa Barbara Inn is an amazing menu that is totally healthy. Good value and great happy hour.

Mesagal Sep 06, 2017 04:15 PM
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Stella Mare's at the Bird Refuge. Lovely setting, delicious food, good service. Varied menu should please all your guests.

therealbebe Sep 06, 2017 04:14 PM
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Savoy Cafe, Himalayan Kitchen, Zaytoon, Opal, Tupelo Junction. I actually love Max's restaurant on State Street for breakfast,

ladylagomorph Sep 06, 2017 04:11 PM
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Pepe's in Goleta is locally owned, and fabulous! You'd have to pick and choose from the menu to get your healthiest choices.

REX OF SB Sep 06, 2017 04:06 PM
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Other than the obvious fast-food joints, I can't think of a single restaurant in town that doesn't feature "healthy" food. These days, "healthy" seems to mean vegetarian/vejjan, and there are plenty of those places around. I still like Harry's Plaza.

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