Thursday, September 29, 2011

The 2011 Foodies: A Baker’s Dozen of Deliciousness

There’s nothing terrible about twos for the second year of The Santa Barbara Independent’s annual Foodie Awards, which publicly recognize the people and places responsible for making our town such a feast. Once again, we received close to 100 nominations from more than two dozen of the area’s leading tastemakers and then fine-tuned that list to a baker’s dozen of deliciousness.

From pizza for adults and Chinese food with a squeeze to killer croissants, fabulous flatbread, and service with a smile, the 2011 Foodies shine the light on spots we should all celebrate. Do we see any trends that stand out? Why, yes: State Street isn’t such a bad place to eat anymore, or, in the case of our Lifetime Achievement Award winner Downey’s, it hasn’t been for nearly three decades. So without further hors d’oeuvres, we present this year’s especially exciting epicurean entrées.

Want to read the rest, then do so at the Indy's site.

ADDENDUM: And I'm glad to see that once again The New York Times is kind enough to throw us some traffic.


  1. And I say again, for like the 4th or 5th time today (and I say it with love and adoration):

    F-ing California.

    Answer me this: in your town alone, how many nights in a row can you eat out for dinner and not 1) repeat a restaurant; 2) eat at a shameless chain restaurant; and 3) have an amazingly satisfying meal? Are there enough indy restaurants to go a week? 2 weeks? Not, like, bad chinese buffet-world restaurants. But real chefs offering foodie-food.

    I, sadly, could go maybe a week and a half. Then I'd have to start hitting MSG-laden buffet-world restaurants.

    F-ing California.

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