Barbareño

15 Apr

California RollWe recently tried Barbareño in downtown Santa Barbara at the old D’Vine location. I was pretty excited since their focus is on locally sourced food which in my head translates as “We know all about the evils of gluten” for some reason. When I was ordering, I went through my usual spiel waiting for the waitress to cut in and say that I would be well taken care of. Instead, there seemed to be an attitude about modifying any of the dishes to be gluten-free. There were multiple instances where she said that the chef did’t intend for the dishes to be consumed in an altered state. As a celiac I have to modify dishes a lot. I would never judge a chef on a dish’s flavor profile if I had to alter it. That being said, I would always hope that any dietary needs could be accommodated to the best of their ability. I ended up getting the California Roll modified. It was really light and fresh. I then had their burger without the bread.

BurgerIt was a decent burger. They substituted some potatoes in for me which were particularly good. I really had my eye on the Santa Maria BBQ, but beer is used in the preparation of the dish. I liked the vibe of the restaurant. Their outdoor patio seemed like a great spot to have a drink once the days are longer and the weather is warmer.

Things have been quieter here since life has been pretty busy. Our daughter just got diagnosed with some food allergies, so as we venture into this new territory, we have been cutting back on dining out as much to be safe. That being said, I would love to connect with you GFSB people! Come to our next meet-up, this Sunday, the 19th, at Lilac Patisserie. We will be there at noon enjoying their awesome lunch menu. We will now be meeting monthly, the third Sunday of the month, so mark your calendars!

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3 Responses to “Barbareño”

  1. doug April 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    looks REALLY tasty – – too bad about the attitude…this is my FAVORITE blog – keep up the good work!

  2. MaryAnn April 30, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    Lilac is GREAT. We are driving up from Oxnard just to get great GF food. We will pass on Barbareno. Just hate to deal with restaurants that make it difficult for Celiac. Good luck on the food allergies with the little one.

    • glutenfreeinsb April 30, 2015 at 8:40 pm #

      Thanks MaryAnn! I love Lilac too. Do you ever go to Red Brick Pizza? They are closer to you and super GF friendly!

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