Longtime Santa Barbara Chef Has Taken Over the Polo Club Restaurant

••• When Michael and Lisa Amador of Uncorked announced the restaurant’s closing in August, they wrote, “we were offered an opportunity that we just couldn’t pass up.” Now we know what it is (via Edible Santa Barbara): they’re the owner-operators of Fieldside, the restaurant at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club. It’s billed as a “coastal steakhouse”; the menu is posted on OpenTable; and non-members are welcome.

••• A lot of restaurants have funky hours during the holidays, so you might want to double-check before you head out. A few of the longer pauses: Hook & Press is closed through January 2; both Handlebar cafés are closed through January 3; and Tamar, the Middle Eastern pop-up at Third Window Brewing, is taking three weeks off.

••• L. heard or read somewhere that Marti Spencer, owner of Burbank’s venerable Smoke House, is working on a restaurant here. A query went unacknowledged. Anyone know anything?

••• Pura Vida Coffee Society “has opened in Paseo Nuevo, near the entrance to the former Nordstrom’s department store.” —Edhat

••• The restaurant at The Leta hotel in Goleta is now Caya, “a relaxed modern interpretation of California dining.” Here’s the menu. —Restaurant Guy

••• A profile of everything going on at Vega Vineyard & Farm. —Independent

••• Mark your calendars: the National Heirloom Exposition will be September 12-14 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. “Begun in 2011, the three-day event features an expo hall filled with beautiful displays of heirloom fruits and vegetables for exhibition and tasting, including the iconic Tower of Squash.”


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Michele White

I grew up going to the Smoke House and am anxious to hear more about that rumor!
Back in the day, the cheese bread was epic- I assume that’s still the case!


Same. We lived in Silverlake and my teacher parents liked the early bird special dinners. That cheese garlic bread was sublime.