Whatever your reason for visiting Santa Barbara, it’s possible you’ll find your schedule packed while you’re here. With so much to do, it can be hard to fit everything you want to accomplish into your itinerary. To help save time, we’ve compiled a list of great places to eat when you’re on the go. Here’s our take on the best lunch breaks in SB and where to go for a quick bite:
A quick bite to eat at On the Alley is a great way to experience some of what Santa Barbara culture has to offer, while enjoying a fast and delicious meal. Located right on the Harbor, this spot specializes in fresh fish and chips that hit the spot any day. We also recommend the OTA Burger or the Avocado Tacos for a lunch break that won’t disappoint.
On the Alley. 117 Harbor Way. 805 962 6315.
Hana Kitchen is a trend,y but easy lunch spot when you’re pressed for time. Serving ‘bowls + boba,’ this place is perfect if you’re craving takeout food with strong, delicious flavors and an Asian-fusion twist. Try a chicken or beef bowl and don’t forget the toppings—housemade pickled jalapenos, ginger ,and cucumbers. We also suggest grabbing a Honeydew Boba Tea to wash down the spice.
Hana Kitchen. 5 W Haley Street. 805 845 9039.
Flavor of India is a much loved Santa Barbara staple and voted the best Indian food in town for 20 years running. The revered lunch buffet special is served from 11-3pm on Monday-Saturday. For just $10.95, treat yourself to flavorful chicken tikka masala and tons of other perfectly-cooked options. Ranging from mild to authentically spicy, this spot is perfect for those who love international cuisine.
Flavor of India. 3026 State Street. 805 682 6561.
Lilly’s Taqueria, another local favorite, is the city’s best place to head for authentic tacos and a satisfying meal on the run. With meat choices ranging from beef tongue and beef eye to a delicious veggie or chicken fajita, no one leaves Lilly’s unhappy. Don’t skimp at the salsa bar and load your tacos up with radishes, lime and cilantro for that special touch.
Lilly’s Taqueria. 310 Chapala Street. 805 966 9180.
If you’re really in a rush and don’t have time to stop for lunch between business, head to the Mesa and stop by Lazy Acres market. As a health food store packed with delicious options, this is the perfect place to stop for a bite on the go. The store has a great smoothie and fresh juice bar (we recommend the Almond Berry Spin), a fully-loaded deli with plenty of options (try the chicken curry salad), plus the best poke in town. With so much to chose from, it’s hard to go wrong.
Lazy Acres. 302 Meigs Road. 805 564 4410.