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Sugar Rush: McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, Santa Barbara

Sweets Carrie Vasios Mullins 7 comments

The story of McConnell's Fine Ice Creams in Santa Barbara is definitely a charmer: Boy meets girl. Boy gets drafted into World War II. Boy tries amazing ice cream in France and wants to recreate it at home. Boy and girl (now married) move to Santa Barbara and boy uses his GI Bill money to buy an ice cream machine. Scoop shop is born. More

Julia Child Was Right About La Super-Rica in Santa Barbara

Los Angeles Tacos Farley Elliott 12 comments

La Super-Rica was one of Julia Child's favorite places to eat, and it's not hard to taste why. To this day, La Super-Rica often has a line out the door, which actually isn't that difficult given the tight entryway and sparse patio seating. And what exactly do folks line up for? A bit of nostalgia, perhaps, but also some seriously good Mexican food. More

Hangover Helper: Everything at La Super-Rica Taqueria in Santa Barbara, CA

Drinks Carrie Vasios Mullins 7 comments

When asked to describe her last meal on Earth, Julia Child gave a few answers. But in addition to the French meal we'd all expect, the native So-Californian also picked In-N-Out Burger and La Super-Rica Taqueria. At least that's the lore in Santa Barbara, California, where I found myself last weekend. More

Carpinteria, CA: Almost 100 Years of Burgers at The Spot

A Hamburger Today Damon Gambuto 4 comments

An almost 100-year-old burger stand makes some classic burgers that are just ok. More

A Burger with a View at The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach in Santa Barbara, CA

A Hamburger Today Damon Gambuto 12 comments

When I stopped in at The Boathouse at Hendry's Beach in Santa Barbara, I expected little more than a ordinary burger to go along with the extraordinary vista. The beachfront location is undeniably a feast for the eyes. Thankfully, the view is matched by an excellent burger. More

Eric Lohela of the Food Scraps Collection Program in Santa Barbara

Katie Quinn 8 comments

Eric Lohela, an environmental services specialist, started the Santa Barbara Food Scraps Collection Program with colleagues three years ago, but it's now under his purview and gaining momentum. The program collects food waste from restaurants and schools, trucks it to a composting site, places in it long rows called windrows, and turns it regularly by large machines to introduce oxygen into the pile. A five-minute conversation with him almost inspires you to throw on galoshes and join him in the food scrap compost bin. More

Street Food Profiles: The Burger Bus in Santa Barbara, California

Erin Zimmer 7 comments

Note: It's time for another edition of Street Food Profiles. This week we scoot to Santa Barbara where a former school bus becomes a delicious burger-mobile. "CB&J," aka Cheeseburger and Jelly (that would be jalapeno jelly). [Photographs: The Burger Bus] Name: The Burger Bus Vendors: Cheryl and Michael Gardner Twitter: @theburgerbus Location and hours? Tuesday through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays are TBA. Locations vary but are always updated online. What's on the menu? Locally sourced cheeseburgers (including one with jelly), falafel, and sides like yam fries, fried pickle chips, and onion rings. How long have you been street fooding? Five months. How has Twitter affected business? Although Santa Barbara is a small city, Twitter helps remind... More

Video: The Burger Bus from VendrTV

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 3 comments

In the latest episode of street food show VendrTV, host Dan Delaney visits The Burger Bus in Santa Barbara, California. This school bus-turned-food truck serves burgers made from locally sourced ingredients, including a special cheeseburger with apricot jalapeno jelly.... More

The Burger Bus, a School Bus-Turned-Food Truck

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 2 comments

Photograph by Paul Wellman of The Santa Barbara Independent There are loads of food trucks out there, but I don't think many of them are made of old school buses. The Burger Bus in Santa Barbara, California, is just that:... More

Seriouso Cinco de Mayo: California Tacquerias

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Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Julie Besonen hips us to a couple of Santa Barbara taquerias that sound awesome, including El Bajío for its "sensational seafood soups, fresh moles and well-seasoned, slow-roasted meats," and Los Arroyos, "famous for warm, freshly cut chips and creamy guacamole heaped in a molcajete." El Bajíio is a tidy, brightly lighted hole-in-the-wall, but its sensational seafood soups, fresh moles and well-seasoned, slow-roasted meats belie its modest trappings. The quesadilla adobada ($8.55), a flour tortilla filled with shredded pork, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, onions and cilantro, radiated heat and juicy sweetness. I wish I hadn’t felt compelled to eat so much of it (sharing is highly advised) because I could barely muster more... More

Slow But Steady Growth After In-N-Out Founder's Death

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Relax. In-N-Out isn't going to change with the death of cofounder Esther Snyder. From the Los Angeles Times: The new head of In-N-Out Burgers said Monday that the venerable restaurant chain would remain in family hands and stay true to... More

"Do rich people eat tacos?"

Ed Levine 2 comments

Photo courtesy of The Great Taco Hunt I don't know who Cindy Price is, but she wrote a great mouthwatering story in today's NY Times about her search for the ultimate taco along Route 1 between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cindy hit 28 taquerias in five days. That's some serious taco eating. She started in LA, and hit my favorite taqueria there, El Taurino. El Taurino is a little scary (the last time I was there an armed guard kept watch over the dining room), but the tacos there are fantastic. She headed up to Santa Barbara, where before she tried the late Julia Child's favorite taqueria, La Super Rica Taqueria, she posed the following question: "Do rich... More

Slumber Party Tonight at Jacko's

A Hamburger Today Honey P. Post a comment

The verdict, as you know, is in. Jacko is completely free to drink Jesus juice, fondle 'tween cancer victims, and pop all the sedatives he pleases. Tonight, Michael Jackson returns to Neverland, perpetually young playmates, and exotic animals. If... More

Review: Char West

A Hamburger Today Hamburglar Hadley 2 comments

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA Ninety miles north, Santa Barbara is Los Angeles's favorite weekend retreat; a red-adobe-tiled sliver of Spanish colonial buildings, emerald mountains, and sandy coves. Among the matchless Mexican food, epic hiking, and good surfing, there are a few... More

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