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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.

Paradise is the Right Choice

Our Paradise Retreats vacation escapes are the perfect choice for those seeking comfort and style. Spacious, bright, and designed for families to live in, they are an integral part of your Santa Barbara experience. Reserve yours today!

Santa Barbara is famous for a lot of things: good weather, brilliant sunsets, and a laid-back vibe that makes visitors immediately feel at ease. But did you know that many of our bakeries make our guests’ top ten lists of reasons to visit? We love to feed our guests, and like a good grandmother, we also love to treat them with sweets that their mothers would probably veto because they would make them too hyper! If you’re planning a visit to our oceanside village at anytime in the near future, we’ve provided a list of the best bakeries in Santa Barbara to add to your must-visit bucket lists!

Crushcakes & Café, 1315 Anacapa Street

Cupcakes have become a big trend in the United States right now, with shops and even vending machines popping up in most towns, and Crushcakes has crushed the trend! Offering an ever-changing selection of cupcake flavors, your stop in paradise will not be complete until you have tasted their Friday Special: a raspberry champagne cupcake that has the capability of changing your life!

Lilac Patisserie, 1017 State Street

Due to certain digestive issues, many visitors are unable to sample the sweet treats offered at bakeries. The need for gluten-free baked goods is rapidly rising, and Lilac Patisserie is up to the challenge! Every single sweet treat on their menu is not just extraordinary in taste, but 100% gluten-free as well! Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, tarts, pies—we don’t know how they do it, but the magical specialties found here make us very happy!

Recipes Bakery, 604 Santa Barbara Street

Some of our best childhood memories involve sitting at the kitchen table, watching our mothers or grandmothers create cakes, cookies, pies and other sweet dishes. Being able to lick the beaters afterwards, and even better, being able to taste their creations while they were still hot from the oven, made our day. Today, we can relive those memories (minus the licking of the beaters!) with a visit to Recipes Bakery, a cozy and intimate café and bakery that contains a kitchen that is open to the rest of the restaurant. Making time for a visit is vital to success of your Santa Barbara vacation, as is trying one of their cinnamon rolls!

Paradise Comes in Many Forms

For some, paradise is a sweet treat fresh from the oven, for others it’s the comfort and style found in one of our Paradise Retreats luxury escapes. Reserve your stay with us today in one of our Santa Barbara vacation rentals or Santa Ynez Valley rentals, and discover the best bakeries in Santa Barbara!

Santa Barbara is known for a lot of things: romantic cliffs towering over the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, beautiful and ancient missions created with faith and dreams, and for being the home to some of the best burger places in the entire state of California! Ok, maybe we aren’t exactly famous for the last one, but it’s our fervent opinion that we ought to be. In those moments when all you crave in life is a big, thick, and juicy burger, these Santa Barbara burger restaurants have what you need and do it well!

Chubbies Hamburgers, 2908 De La Vina Street

When you want the best burgers in town, it’s best to start with a place that concentrates all their attention on creating these delicious medallions of beef, and Chubbies Hamburgers does just that. With a menu that is short and to the point, but still offering a variety of burgers that include vegetarian and chicken style, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Chubbies!

Eureka! 601 Paseo Nuevo

Great music, ice-cold craft beers, and innovative burgers that will change the way you look at the simple hamburger; does it get any better than this? If you ask the multitude of guests who find their way to Eureka! their answer will be a resounding no! Offering the classic American Cheeseburger, the luxurious Bone Marrow Burger, and the healthy Bison Burger in addition to a large selection of beef goodness, your trip to Eureka! may very well be the highlight of your vacation.

On the Alley, 117 Harbor Way

The best thing about a burger is you don’t need a lot of fuss and fanfare to make it better; a burger is a burger and simple can be good. On the Alley, which actually offers a second location in Goleta, offers simple foods done right, and that includes their tasty burgers! No frills doesn’t mean no-taste, and the burgers found here are bursting with flavor. Try the Gaucho Burger, topped with blue cheese, bacon, avocado, grilled onions, and chipotle mayo, and you may never want a burger prepared any other way again!

Make Your Own in Your Paradise Retreats Luxury Escape

Because no one can cook like you do, our homes offer fully equipped kitchens that make meal preparations a joy. Grill outside at sunset or fry up a simple burger in the kitchen and top with ingredients you purchased at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market for a healthy and delicious vacation treat. Contact us to reserve your vacation rental and to learn more about Santa Barbara burger restaurants!