No matter how you choose to get your outdoor kicks, Santa Barbara has a dizzying amount of eating and drinking options to fuel your fun or help you unwind after a long day spent burning calories. State Street is the primary hub for such activities, with scores of restaurants and bars dotting the main drag as it works its way toward the ocean. Drink with the locals at the Press Room or Joe’s Cafe. Take in the views while enjoying seafood and some of the best Blood Marys around at Brophy Brothers in the SB Harbor. And, big city or small, you will be hard pressed to find better coffee than at The French Press or Handlebar Coffee Roasters.
If quick and healthy is your preference, then be sure to check out Backyard Bowls”, lunch/dinner options at the Sojourner, or breakfast/lunch at Savoy Cafe. On the east side of town, you will find Milpas Street, a largely untouched stretch that locals call “Eat Street”. Here you will find some of the best Mexican food imaginable at places like La Super Rica and Taqueria La Colmena, as well as Santa Barbara’s undisputed champions of Asian cuisine, including Shang Hai Restaurant and Your Place Thai.