The long awaited Anacapa Project has officially opened for business! We headed down to the Funk Zone last night to check out the new restaurant, wine bar and bakery/pizza/coffee shop to sample their offerings and were blown away! The decor, menus and service are a fantastic addition to the Santa Barbara restaurant scene.
First things first: food! We didn’t have a reservation but there was plenty of open seating at the communal table, where we sat and were delightfully welcomed with a bowl of popcorn. The decor is very European/big city and I loved it! A welcome change to the Spanish-tiled everything. We ordered a glass of Tyler Chardonnay and The Mule (Moscow Mule) with a cheese plate and the Pork Belly Sliders. The cheese plate introduced us to Buellton Bleu Cheese and it’s a new favorite! The sliders had peaches and pickled onions that tasted really fresh and made the slider extra delicious. The service was outstanding – most other restaurants have trouble getting their teams to work well together in the opening week but everything flowed smoothly. Definitely recommended! We’ll be back soon.
Les Marchands Wine Bar & Merchants
Behind The Lark is Les Marchands, a wine bar where you can order a glass or bottle of wine and sit in their amazingly chic space and imbibe with friends. They also sell bottles of wine and spirits for the on-the-go visitor. This is probably my favorite place – it’s so beautifully decorated and there is nothing like it anywhere else in Santa Barbara!
Lucky Penny is serving baked goods, coffee, juices and woodfired pizza to go – we didn’t sample anything there yet, but it will be a fun new place to walk to for morning treats.