Santa Barbara Independent

“This” is a casual, cafeteria-like format (you order from the cashier and take your number to your seat) with a friend-inducing layout (big tables ensure sitting with strangers) and a who’s who of wine-country clientele (which means, due to those big tables, you might wind up dining with a Richard Sanford or Rick Longoria or Kris Curran). But the main draw is the awesome food (from wood-fired veggies and flatbreads to sandwiches, salads, and a full deli case, including cuts of meat and fish to cook at home) and decently priced drinks ($9 for a good cup of Santa Barbara’s finest wines, some put in kegs just for this restaurant). The Olssons happily admit that this whole combination came together somewhat magically.