••• I had a terrific meal at Bar Le Côte the other night—the scallop crudo with pickled mushrooms, crème fraîche, and dill pollen (above) is a must—and, in the process, I learned that the restaurant will soon launch a Wednesday happy hour with raw bar and drink specials from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Moreover, we can expect lunch service to debut sometime in April or May. (Photo by John Troxell because mine looked like mush.) Related: Bar Le Côte and its sibling Bell’s were included in a New York Times article about restaurants that don’t have phones.
••• Something intriguing is cooking at Uncorked WineTasting & Kitchen on E. Haley: “I can’t wait to show you what we have planned for Uncorked in March of 2022,” posted co-owner Michael Amador. “Wine club members are going to have first access to the next most exciting dinner experience coming to Santa Barbara.” That was after explaining how he had just cooked 120 three-course dinners. Could Uncorked be moving toward a set menu?
••• Unofficial word is that the forthcoming restaurant at the Rosewood Miramar Beach resort, in what are currently guest rooms near the gym, will be a sushi bar.
••• A new-to-me home-baking business: Milk Belly Bakery in Goleta. Pictured: “purple sweet Mochi porridge loaf and buttermilk bread.”
••• Bob and Ellie Patterson of Here’s the Scoop on Coast Village Road have sold the ice cream shop to a Montecito resident “who wishes to be out of the spotlight” and who “brought on ice cream expert Gabriel Sundholm to manage the shop” [….] “The plan is for the store and its offerings to stay relatively the same.” —Montecito Journal
••• Finally, a look at what to expect for the former Mackenzie Market building at 3102 State Street, to be discussed at the February 7 meeting of the city’s Architectural Board of Review: based on the submitted plans, it will be a restaurant called Teddy’s on State (the owners also own Teddy’s By the Sea in Carpinteria), and it’ll have a large outdoor dining area.
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