Monday, April 14, 2014

Blue Tavern (Santa Barbara)

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Ricardo Zarate's Blue Tavern.



We arrived at the James Beard Award Winner's latest restaurant in Santa Barbara for a few bites, to accompany our cocktails before trekking on to the next place.   



Since we were not gonna have a full meal, we sat at the bar.  Though, if you wanted to walk-in without a reservation there were plenty of tables available for that - inside and out.  It was a Sunday night, however.  So take that for whatever it's worth.  From the bar, you have a good view of the open kitchen and their wood-burning oven.



Lilly and I were beer'd out from the 3 breweries we visited earlier that day so we passed on beer in favor of cocktails.  Besides, we had either drank these beers earlier or on another occasion.  From the list, I like Union Jack, California Ale and Raven Stout though.


 
I ordered a Maracuya Caipirinha.  Otherwise known as "passion fruit," the maracuya, lent a good sweetness for the otherwise tart classic from Brazil.   



The cocktails are mostly classics or riffs on classics that pair well with the food coming out of the kitchen.


  
Lilly, ordered an East Side but we both found it a little astringent.  The gin wasn't tempered enough by the sweetner.



Aside from the cocktail, the rest of our experience was pleasant.  



The highlight for us, was this plate of Sea Bass Ceviche.  We loved it so much, that I plan on recreating this dish and Lilly plans on eating it. ;)   



Despite how good the pizzas look coming out of the oven, we had eaten pizza earlier so we opted to try their chicharron.



Crispy Chicken Chicharron, that is.  It was good and worth getting again, But it's the ceviche you got to get and try to making at home for sure!




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