How was it? Very very good I have to say. The ambiance was a bit lacking, but that's most likely due to a bias on my part. I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary design, too sterile. That being said the scenery is in keeping with its location at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
The demographic was, well. . . old people. I don't mean middle age, I mean grandma and grandpa love this place. You know what though? That's not a bad thing! I know my grandparents are the pickiest eaters ever. If they approve of a place then it must be good. I'm going to assume the same of these people.
Upon arrival we (the bf and I) were greeted by a cheerful waitress who immediately declared that I look just like her friend Nadia. Whether schmoozey or authentic, I was hooked. We ordered the Toasted Manchego Cheese and Garlic Bread, the Garlic Shrimp with Olive Oil and Chili Flakes, and the Baked Artichoke with Soy Chorizo
They brought the spread out on a cute little silver platter and all together the little heap looked like a feast. At the suggestion of the waitress (my new bff) I ordered the Sangre de Toro 2006 which was very pleasant. I like it because it was so smooth and drinkable. I often find that alcohol takes my breath away with its sheer strength. This I could enjoy like a nice glass of water (but better).
The Manchego and Garlic Toast was the perfect combination of garlic and cheese. Maybe more garlic than cheese, but a great ratio in my opinion. Mmmmm. The shrimp was great of course, I find it pretty hard to go wrong with shrimp. The artichoke with soy chroizo was the most interesting. The artichoke had a sour bite to it, paired with the savory soy chorizo it was really good.
Finishing off with the biggest cappuccino I've seen and an amazing rum cake, I'd say mission accomplished. I've found a source of culinary culture so very close to home.