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Where should we go to lunch in Santa Barbara? March 23rd, 2012

A common question we get from students is, “Where should we go for lunch?”

Well, there are countless of options near the campus, but we wanted to suggest some of our favorites as well as some of our students’ favorites.

Here are some of our staff and student favorites:

Jeannine’s Bakery
15 East Figueroa Street

Jeannine’s Bakery is a great place to grab something on the go or if you’d like to have a nice sit-down meal. It’s only two blocks away from the ELC! They’re well known for their baked goods and sandwiches. Not only is their food delicious, it’s also healthy and fresh. Have coffee with friends here, or enjoy a nice meal in their outdoor patio area. You can have a look at their menu here: http://jeannines.com/menus.html

834 Santa Barbara Street

Panino is a wonderful restaurant where you can enjoy unique, fresh, and delicious sandwiches made with freshly baked breads and soups. The restaurant has a quaint, neighborhood feel. If you’re curious about what they serve, you can check out there menu here: http://paninorestaurants.com/menus.html

Our Daily Bread
831 Santa Barbara Street

Our Daily Bread is a cool spot where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch. Their sandwiches and fresh baked bread are their specialties. This bakery is in walking distance of the school, and they offer special deals to ELC students. Just show them your student ID! You can check out there menu here: http://ourdailybread.net/

The (805) Deli
135 East Carrillo Street

The (805) Deli is located about two blocks away from the campus. It’s a great place to grab some quick coffee or lunch. They have specials every day, and they have a wide assortment of food from which you can choose. You can browse their menu here: http://the805deli.com/805_deli_-_santa_barbara_resta.html.

The French Press
1101 State St

The French Press is a unique coffee shop on State St. It has a fun, hip atmosphere and serves delicious coffee and tea beverages. It’s a great place to grab coffee with friends as well as great place to study. There’s a neat back patio area where you can hang out with friends over a cup of coffee (or tea).

The Habit
628 State St.

The Habit is a burger place that offers a wide selection of burgers at great prices. It is a small chain of restaurants that started in Santa Barbara. The food at The Habit is fresh and delicious! Here’s their tasty menu: http://www.habitburger.com/charburger/

Baja Sharkeez
416 State St

Sharkeez is a sports bar and restaurant. It’s a great place to go if you want to catch the latest sporting event or meet up with some friends for some drinks. They also offer a full service menu.

In-N-Out Burger
4865 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93111

If this is your first time in California, then you MUST try In-N-Out burger (They’re restaurants are only located in California and a few others states.)! It’s a widely popular burger restaurant, and their prices can’t be beat! They’re famous for their burgers, fries, and milkshakes! Everything off of their menus is very fresh and tasty! You can also order items off of their secret menu: http://www.in-n-out.com/secretmenu.asp.

Freebirds World Burrito
879 Embarcadero Del Norte
Isla Vista, CA 93117

Freebirds is known for their version of fresh, delicious Mexican food. They’re also famous for their HUGE burritos and gigantic servings of nachos. This is a great to check out with your friends for lunch, for dinner, or for a late night snack. You can check out their menu here: http://freebirds.com/food/menu/burritos/


A list of suggested restaurants from Santa Barbara’s official website:

Another list of popular dining places in Santa Barbara along with reviews: