Known for its charm and artistic flare, the Funk Zone, a small neighborhood located near the waterfront, draws in crowds both young and old. Whether you are a twenty-one year old eager to cultivate your palate or a mature connoisseur of fine wine, everyone can find a spot to suit in this quirky little pocket of Santa Barbara. However, there is more to the Funk Zone than wineries. Amidst the many wine-tasting rooms, delicious restaurants, both casual and fancy; art galleries; museums; and some peculiar Street Art flourish amongst the area’s signature warehouses.
Although the Urban Wine Trail may be the Funk Zone’s most well known attraction, its underrated diverse and hip eating establishments stand out, vary in appeal from light to heavy wallets, and help put the “funk” in the Funk Zone.
1.) The Lark
Known for contemporary, upscale cuisine, the Lark’s delicately thought-out menu is the perfect choice for an extravagant night on the town. Ranging from the farm to the ocean, this restaurant’s Duck Liver Mousse and Pineapple, Habanero Glazed Spanish Octopus deliver unrivaled taste sensations. Remember to try the Honey Cremeux with a glass of their finest Sparkling Gamay!
2.) Mony's Taqueria
Whether you are on your thirty-minute lunch break or simply stopping by for some good company and grub, the next place on this list is a hidden gem that beckons locals and visitors alike with its mouthwatering (and affordable) tacos. There is no better way to celebrate Taco Tuesday than heading to Mony’s Taqueria where you have an abundance of Mexican favorites at your fingertips, as well as a self-serve salsa bar, in a low-key environment.
3.) Lucky Penny
Combining handcrafted technique with local, wood-fired ingredients, Lucky Penny satisfies even the strongest craving for a slice of pizza or three. This pizza palace acquired its name from the outside of the building, which is covered in thousands upon thousands of pennies, giving it an extremely RUST-ic feel. When you are pizza’d out, Lucky Penny serves breakfast dishes such as House-made Granola or Lucky Penny Wood-Fired Eggs
Pop into Metropulos, a Mediterranean-inspired sandwich and charcuterie shop, that creates delectable sandwiches and breakfasts from the best of the best ingredients. Their homemade aioli sauces elevate sandwiches to a whole new level. In addition, browse their ingredients selection for picnic options that bring this trendy shop to the top of a foodie’s checklist.
5.) Rebar Coffee
Rebar, a new coffee joint only steps away from our front door, provides the yummiest options if you are having one of those "breakfast in bed" kind of days. Whether you would like espresso chocolate brioche french toast delivered straight to your room or you want to go out for a coffee and a stroll, Rebar can accommodate either preference. It's simply the perfect spot for a little A.M. pick-me-up!