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Posted on October 19 at 9:39 p.m.

Wrong. I've even eaten Dim Sum in Hong Kong too and surprisingly it wasn't that much better than China Pavilion's. Certain items are especially good at particular places, but overall CP's Dim Sum is very good.

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Posted on October 19 at 3:21 p.m.

After more thought, I can sort of understand why Rusty's was voted top pizza in town. Everything else is so mediocre, and with Rusty's you at least know what you're getting every time. I've heard Flatbread in Los Alamos is worth the long drive.

Hopefully, Patxi's, coming soon to Lower State Street will shake things up. They're highly rated on Yelp in many of their other locations.

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Posted on October 19 at 3:09 p.m.

For a small town, the Chinese food isn't too bad in SB.

I would have to agree that China Pavilion is the best local Chinese restaurant with Madam Lu's on State Street coming in second. Mandarine Palace is probably third.

Dim Sum at China Pavilion is pretty darn close to what you get at the places in NYC's Chinatown. Otherwise, order the Kung Pao Chicken and Dry Sauteed String Beans, and you'll leave happy.

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Posted on October 19 at 7:52 a.m.

Ca'dario is much better that Olio E Limone.

Olio E Limone is ok. Their pizza's aren't bad, but I prefer Ca'dario's pastas. Their authentic Italian breakfasts are hands down the best in town too.

Santa Barbara doesn't have great pizza, but Rusty's doesn't even make the top five.

Mony's on East Anacapa has the best burritos in SB with no close second. Super Cucas is nothing special. Unfortunately, the uneducated masses are wrong again.

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Posted on September 27 at 8:38 p.m.

Ok, there are three Asian restaurants on Milpas Street (two of which are Chinese, one is Thai.) Where's the fourth?

And where's the middle eastern place?

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Posted on September 26 at 3:40 p.m.

Thanks for the falafel tip.

Jack's Bistro is in the shopping mall next to Trader Joe's way at the end of Milpas near the 101 entrance. It's not in the funky, central part of Milpas where most of the restaurants are located.

I only know of two Chinese restaurants on Milpas. What are the other two?

And what Middle Eastern restaurnant is on Milpas? Sam's To Go is not Middle Eastern just because the owner may be. . . .

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Posted on September 26 at 12:54 p.m.

The winners seem reasonable to me. Currently the Shop Cafe, which I've only been to a couple times, is the only coffee shop on Milpas.

The folks who live near Milpas are white and hispanic, so there's certainly no reason every restaurant on Milpas should be a Mexican one. Certainly the most popular spots on the strip, Super Rica and Los Agauves, both attract largely whites (lots of tourists) anyways.

Personally, I wish there were more quality Asian restuarants (Korean, Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.) in Santa Barbara. A really good/healthy falafel shop would be a great addition too.

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Posted on September 25 at 4:15 p.m.

Sam,

You still can't name a single, great affordable restaurant in Santa Barbara though you claim that "any number of places use fresh, real ingredients."

Come on, I can't wait to hear this long list of yours. I live in Santa Barbara too, and I can't think of any that aren't mucho dinero, unless you consider a pineapple from Whole Foods dinner.

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Posted on September 25 at 10:51 a.m.

Dude,

They have five very successful restaurants, and still have lines on weekends. They're doing something right!

What are the "any number of places that use fresh, real ingredients?"

Low priced restaurants (ie diners) only work because they use commercial bulk purchased ingredients. For "farm to table" quality, you either have to eat at home, or splurge on occasion at the Stone House.

Stop the hating!

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Posted on September 23 at 10:31 a.m.

It's too late to save the funk zone from gentrification.

It's already become a mini Montecito.

He should use his brother's millions to building a big shared art workshop space on the first floor and galleries above.

Building hotels and condos may be profitable, but the time and costs in Santa Barbara, would be better allocated if this guy followed his heart instead of his wallet.

Think art. Think galleries. Forget big profit. You're already rich.

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