••• The Good Plow, the fast-casual Carpinteria restaurant from the Farm Cart Organics folks, is looking very close to opening. [Update 8/21: It’s open. Hours are on the website.] It has been hosting friends-and-family events, and now it has posted its tasty-looking menu (right). The ethos: “From the cooking oils we fry in, to our scratch-made dressings, to our house pressed tortillas, and dipped ice cream cones, everything is made fresh with certified organic ingredients. With that said, there are two ingredients on our mostly vegan menu that are not certified: line-caught, local fish and grass fed San Julian beef.” P.S. The guys at my husband’s gym were tittering about the Good Plow’s name, and judging from a recent post (“are you ready to get plowed?”), the restaurant is embracing the double entendre.
••• Speaking of Farm Cart, as of the other day, it was looking to find new homes for some gorgeous chickens. No clue if they’re still available, but if you’re interested, contact Farm Cart via Instagram.
••• Important donut update from Hook & Press: “As many of you know we recently signed a lease to our very own location! With our current leases at both our offsite kitchen and shop space at Mosaic ending this month, our last day of service (for now) will be next Sunday 8/22. We will be operating normal business hours until then. That means you have one more week to get your donut fix before we go into cocoon mode! The next time we emerge will be at our new location at 15 E. Figueroa, less than a block away and just around the corner from where we are now.” They’re shooting to open the new restaurant in the fall. And this week, all merchandise is 40 percent off.
••• Meanwhile Mor Doughnuts—makers of mochi doughnuts—is having more trouble than expected lining up a storefront. But there’s still hope it’ll happen soon.
••• 805 Foodie posted an Instagram story (since gone) that Peasants Deli, the spinoff of Peasants Feast in Solvang, is also aiming for a fall debut.
••• Noozhawk checks out the January line of non-alcoholic drinks from Municipal/Potek/Nowadays winemaker Dave Potter.
••• The Independent visits “the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, where there’s never been a fee to watch the Friday afternoon matches during the May to October season and seats for the Sunday finals start at just $20. Now the club […] is opening its doors even wider through the Fieldside Grill. The restaurant, which opened in May, is now serving lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday.” Before you get too excited, the menu reads like pure Sysco.
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Actually the food is really quite good at the Fieldside Grill. Great popcorn shrimp and fun happy hour. The best part is the view and the lack of pedestrian hustle bustle. Well worth a visit.