This is shaping up to be the year of the street taco in Santa Barbara, as three of the city’s most prolific restaurateurs are opening establishments dedicated to them. (“A Mexican street taco is basically a smaller, paired down taco,” explains Food & Wine. “It’s served on two small corn tortillas topped with only meat, onions, and cilantro. Maybe a hit of lime juice.”)
First up is Taqueria La Unica (below), which Carlos Luna of Los Agaves and Santo Mezcal is bringing to the former Dunkins space on State Street, next to Whole Foods. He’s shooting to open it this fall.
Taqueria La Unica will be followed in a few months by a yet-to-be-named restaurant in the old Romanti-Ezer building at Chapala and Ortega (above); the proprietors are Ramon Velazquez of the Corazón empire and Chris Chiarappa of Mesa Burger, Corner Tap, et al. “It’ll stay open late and it won’t be crazy expensive,” says Chiarappa, and it won’t It won’t be branded Corazón.
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