Where to Eat This Week in Santa Barbara: Tamira, Barbareño

It’s time to try something different. Last round of ‘where to eat,’ we brought the ultimate comfort food. This week? Top-notch Indian at Tamira and upscale BBQ at Barbareño.

Tamira – 1027 State Street.

Open daily for lunch (11:30am – 2:30pm) and dinner (5:00pm – 9:30pm).

In a state dominated by delicious, authentic Mexican restaurants (not that we’re complaining) and New Age American health food, it’s rare to find a great Indian spot. Enter: Tamira of Santa Barbara. They’re filling the samosa-shaped hole in our heart that we never knew was there. We especially like the saag paneer and non-stop plates of garlic naan. Entrees run around $8-12, and extra sides like rice and bread range from $2-5.

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Barbareño – 205 W. Canon Perdido Street.

Open Thursdays-Sundays for lunch (11:30am – 2:00pm) and dinner every day except Tuesday (5:00pm – 9:30pm).

They call it “Central Coast Cuisine” these days. We call it a real treat. Set up in a gorgeous distressed wood-finished venue, Barbareño is the coziest place to meet all your New American and Barbecue needs. They take a lot of pride in the time they take to put out top-notch meats, and they do incredible things with plants too. We recommend whatever you can get with brisket, the tagliatelle, and the beignets for dessert. Oh — and whatever you end up ordering, don’t forget to try some of their housemade sourdough. We dream of that bread. Everyone will. You’ll be sorry if you do.

What are you craving lately? What’s on the menu for your November?