Best Santa Barbara Restaurants for Winter Comfort Food

As the temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, people all over the world tend to start experiencing certain food cravings—meals like mom’s meatloaf and mashed potatoes, grandma’s fried chicken, or even that hearty chili we found that recipe for online. And even though Santa Barbara doesn’t experience the bone-chilling cold of your hometown, we do have our fair share of lovely rainy days in the later winter months, days that are perfect for enjoying the meals that bring us comfort as they fill our stomachs. Here are some of our favorite Santa Barbara restaurants offering the winter meals we love so much—enjoy!

Santa Barbara Restaurants – The Shop Kitchen, 730 North Milpas Street

Mm, breakfast! Sometimes it’s the only thing that gets us out of bed in the mornings, and on those days we are planning to visit the Shop Kitchen, you’ll find us hopping out right away with no complaints! Specializing in that rich, dark drink that our world revolves around and offering comfort foods with a gourmet twist, your most important meal of the day will go very right when you start out here! The Tugboat, an eggs benedict made of grilled buttermilk biscuits and topped with avocados, eggs, a delicious smoked hollandaise sauce, and your choice of meat (Hint: try the fried chicken!) will change the way you look at breakfast foods forevermore!

The Blue Owl, 5 W Canon Perdido Street

As you explore the wonders of Santa Barbara in the winter, you can plan on expending a lot of energy, so don’t be surprised when your midday hunger pangs turn into a full-fledged roar to be fed IMMEDIATELY! The Blue Owl is where we often find ourselves on extra-hungry days, and nothing fills us up more quickly than their overstuffed sandwiches filled with goodies of all kinds! And because they recognize that vegetarians have their own comfort foods as well, their vegetarian offerings are so tasty and filling, even the carnivores in your family will be tempted to try them! This is one of the best Santa Barbara restaurants.

Carlito’s Café y Cantina, 1324 State Street

Comfort foods are different for everyone who seeks them out, and in the Southwest, we gravitate towards the foods created south of the border. Mexican food warms our stomachs and souls, and Carlito’s has been a Santa Barbara tradition since 1978. Serving up authentic Mexican-style delicacies that just make our hearts smile, your winter food cravings are bound to be sated with a visit here! If you love Mexican food, you will enjoy Carlito’s Cafe y Cantina the most from all of the Santa Barbara restaurants.

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