The best part of experiencing local flavor on an escorted vacation is tasting some of the local cuisine, and Santa Barbara, Calif., has plenty to offer hungry travelers. The coastal city has everything from fine dining to casual eateries, American cuisine to foreign fare, making it easy as pie for visitors to find a restaurant that suits their taste buds. Yet, there are so many choices that narrowing them down can prove challenging. Before travelers head out on affordable travel tours, they may want to make a list of restaurants they'd like to try, so here are a few hot spots worth exploring in Santa Barbara:
Nothing is better for a meat lover on vacation than a nice, juicy steak, and Santa Barbara has a number of excellent steakhouses. Lucky's Steakhouse in the Montecito neighborhood, just a few blocks from the water, is a prime choice. Rated the best steakhouse of 2013 by SantaBarbara.com, Lucky's offers everything from filet mignon and New York strip steak to baby back ribs, pork chops and salads. It's not the only steakhouse worth visiting either. Other tasty choices include Holdren's Steaks & Seafood, Rodney's Steakhouse and Chuck's Waterfront Grill.
Travelers can find menus from around the world in Santa Barbara, so whether they want sushi, French cuisine or Indian food, they'll be able to find what they're looking for. The French restaurant bouchon was named the best restaurant of the year by Santa Barbara.com, and this fine dining establishment could be perfect for visitors looking to have a fancy night out on their senior travel tour. With an impressive wine list and a menu full of fresh ingredients, this is an ideal spot to have a leisurely meal.
Few meals are more satisfying than a tasty burger with a side of fresh, crispy fries, and Santa Barbara is overflowing with excellent burger joints and greasy spoons. The In-n-Out in Goleta is a great place to stop, as this fast food restaurant is renowned for serving up a simple, yet unforgettable burger. A fun, local choice is Eureka!, runner-up for SantaBarbara.com's best new restaurant award, which serves up made-to-order burgers, hand-cut fries and a slew of other tasty treats.
These are just a few of the many restaurants that can be found in Santa Barbara. Travelers heading to California for the Rose Parade or any other sightseeing excursion are sure to have a memorable experience in this California city, whether they seek out fine dining options or grab a quick bite at a casual eatery. Picking out a few places to eat in advance is a good idea, but choosing where to eat some meals in the heat of the moment may help travelers find a hidden gem they'll remember for years to come.