Eating and Drinking My Way Around Santa Barbara California

Eating and Drinking My Way Around Santa Barbara California

Santa Barbara is on the California coast in the USA and is a beautiful city to visit. It has a Mediterranean style of white walls and terracotta tiled roofs, no high risers all set by a long sandy beach.

I was there for one day whilst on a Californian coastal cruise. So, I made the most of my day by going on a food and drink tour called Eat This, Shoot That!

We had a great guide that showed us around Santa Barbara, also how to use the features on your smartphone cameras.

Enterprise Fish Co

We went to eight tasting locations around the Funk Zone of Santa Barbara. The first stop was at the Enterprise Fish Co. to taste a lobster bisque with pastry on top and it was delicious. The restaurant was set in an old laundry and had an interesting design.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co

The second stop was at the Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. to try a beer. This was a bar and we tried our small beer glass of their special brew.

Outside of this bar, there were walls with street art on.

Mony’s Mexican Food

The third stop was at Mony’s Mexican Food to try some tortilla chips and salsa and a chicken taco. This was one of the best tacos have ever had (and I have eaten them a lot in Mexico!)

Shalhoob Meat Co

The fourth stop was at the Shalhoob Meat Co to try a tri-tip beef sandwich. The meat was excellent and the tomato salsa complimented the meat perfectly.

Lucky Penny

The fifth stop was the Lucky Penny to try a flatbread pizza which was a burrito topping. This was very different and yummy! The building is covered with pennies! Hence the name!

Santa Barbara Wine Collective and Helena Avenue Bakery

The sixth and seventh stop was at the Santa Barbara Wine Collective and Helena Avenue Bakery which is on the same site. We tried a white wine and a red wine and bread. Both the wines were very good and the bread and butter was a good compliment to the wine.

Cutler’s Artisan Spirits

The last stop was at the Culter’s Artisan Spirits to try vodka, gin, whisky and a port that tasted like apple pie!

The tour was so fun and every stop tasted amazing and I left very full and happy! I highly recommend going on this tour if you are visiting Santa Barbara. You can find them on Instagram here or on their website here.

Essential Info

  • Weather: 18*C – 27*C
  • Currency: US Dollars
  • Language: American English
  • Recommendations: Bring your smartphone to learn how to use the camera app, wear a hat and sunglasses, and wear shoes you walk in for at least 7000 steps. Wear and T-shirt and shorts to be comfortable.

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Have you been to Santa Barbara? What would you recommend doing?

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x



  1. November 5, 2017 / 3:05 am

    I love Mexican food. Just for the sake of food I wish to plan a trip to Santa Barbara. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the good list of helpful tips.

  2. November 5, 2017 / 5:22 am

    I would definitely try all these cool places, so much variety and interesting places to discover in this classic SoCal city.

    • November 5, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      It was so fun trying everything and Santa Barbara is very pretty spot.

  3. November 5, 2017 / 9:29 am

    I love the name of the tour: Eat this, shoot that! Sounds like my kind of tour. You sure had lots to eat. I would love to try the tri-tip beef sandwich from Shalhoob Meat Co.

    • November 5, 2017 / 9:54 pm

      The tour was so fun and I was full at the end! The tri-beef sandwich was yummy!

  4. November 5, 2017 / 11:14 pm

    I love the Lucky Penny and the restaurant next door. Gourmet food trucks in SB are always great (though always pricey for food trucks as is typical in richy rich areas of California – my home state) and of course the Central Coast is a fab place to find every kind of amazing taco imaginable! We love love love our tacos and seafood!

    • November 5, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      I would like to go back and have a full meal in the Lucky Penny & the restaurant next door looked really nice, you are so lucky to live there!

  5. November 6, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Oh my gosh. Santa Barbara looks like a foodie paradise! Mony’s looks absolutely amazing – I’m really missing street tacos! The Luck Penny sounds like and awesome spot too! Burrito Pizza sounds super interesting!

    • November 6, 2017 / 7:05 pm

      I love food and this tour was so fun! The food was fantastic!

  6. November 6, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Those tacos look divine. I used to live in Oxnard, but I didn’t get to Santa Barbara nearly as much as I should have. I’d love to try that burrito pizza at the Lucky Penny the next time I’m in town.

  7. November 6, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    We loved the restaurant that looked out to the water. As a matter of fact, part of it was over the water!

  8. November 6, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    There is a Funk Zone in Santa Barbara? Sounds like my kind of place! And lobster bisque with a pastry on top sounds absolutely divine! I’ll have to check this tour out next time I’m in the area. Was it reasonably priced as well? Thank you so much for documenting all of these amazing eateries so we can enjoy them as well!

  9. Tami
    November 7, 2017 / 6:04 am

    Enterprise Fish sounds like the kind of place I would visit first. I love fish! I can also go for some good Mexican food! Not into the drinking scene, but I’m sure Santa Barbara has some great food to sample!

    • November 7, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      Enterprise Fish was a fantastic restaurant and lobster was delicious!

  10. November 8, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Ha love the tour name โ€œeat this and shoot thatโ€ awesome. The Figueroa Mountain Brewing for beer would be the first place I hit up. Then the bakery, followed by the beach, then more beer and tacos…

    • November 9, 2017 / 12:36 am

      The tour was so fun! The beer was very good and I’m not really a beer drinker, I like my wine!

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