No road gives you more Golden State fun: 790 miles of surf, spas, wine sipping, and surprises
Beaches, the queen of missions, and (in neighboring Montecito) Oprah Winfrey. Santa Barbara has so much star power, it’s almost unfair that it has good restaurants too. But it does—so many, you may decide to detour off 101 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Top choices include downtown’s Hungry Cat ($$; 805/884-4701) for seafood; Milpas Street’s famed La Super-Rica Taquería ($; 805/963-4940); Ca’ Dario ($$$; 805/884-9419) for Italian; and, in Oprah’s Montecito, cakes and coffee at Jeannine’s Bakery (pictured; $; 805/687-8701).