••• I finally made it to Broad Street Oyster Co., in the Kim’s Service Department space with Shaker Mill and Modern Times. The clam strips and fries were excellent, so kudos to whomever was working the fryer. My husband and I also ordered both styles of lobster roll—hot with butter and cold with mayo—and we were surprised that the bread was neither toasted nor buttered, which led to a somewhat dry chewing experience. At first, we just figured that was the house style, but later, I asked some friends who had raved about the rolls, and they said the bread should’ve been both toasted and buttered, which photos on Instagram bore out. As we seem to have been victims of a glitch—understandable for a new restaurant, especially during Covid—we will obviously have to return soon for a do-over. Broad Street is more of a lunch play for me, because I crave vegetables at dinner (and the menu is a vegetable desert), but night owls will want to know that Broad Street is open from 11: 30 a.m. “till late.”
••• Restaurant Guy posted “the Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund distribution list from last August for local zip codes.” UPDATE 2/6: LMG commented that Restaurant Guy has taken the post down, which led OMG to posting a direct link to the data.
••• After looking all over for Diamond Crystal kosher salt—which is getting squeezed off supermarket shelves by Morton’s inferior variety—I found that Handlebar’s De La Vina café is still selling it. Just FYI in case, like me, you try not to order everything online. Update: R. says that Tri-County Produce often has Diamond Crystal kosher salt, too.
••• Is change coming to the Whiskey Richards dive bar on State Street between Haley and Gutierrez? A new liquor license is pending, but I was unable to dig up any further info.
••• Rory’s Place in Ojai set an opening date: February 10, with reservations opening the day before. The menu looks appealing. (P.S. Sunset magazine ran a feature on founders Rory and Maeve McAuliffe.)
••• I’m a big fan of the State Street Promenade, but it makes me nervous that cars can easily turn onto the street—undoubtedly, to allow access by emergency vehicles—because people have been known to drive into crowds both on purpose and by accident. Elsewhere on the promenade there are bollards. Why not everywhere?
Sign up for the Siteline email newsletter for the freshest food news in town.