Milpas on the Move By Sharon Byrne
On October 4th, Milpas area restaurants are determined to shine for patrons of the second annual Taste of Milpas. 20 taste stops line the route, all hoping to win patrons over and win the title of “Best Taste”. If you spend any time on Milpas, you know the food culture here is diverse, tantalizing, yet also surprisingly affordable. As one Milpasareno puts it, ‘this is the authentic Santa Barbara dining experience for us locals.’
Some of our culinary power-hitters include:
- La Super Rica – 8th Best Taco in USA: Travel & Leisure Magazine
- El Bajio – featured in Forbes, New York Times
- The Habit – Best Burger in USA: Consumer Reports
- Los Agaves, Jack’s Bistro, and Your Place Thai – winners of “Best Of” in the Independent and NewsPress.
- La Colmena – Winner, Foodie Award, Independent
- Hot newcomer The Shop Café – doing American fusion at its finest.
- A very well-kept local secret – amazing Chinese at Shanghai, including stellar vegetarian options
Drive by any of these places for lunch or dinner, and you’ll likely find a line out the door. The word is out: the eating is great on Eat Street!
They’re also intensely competitive, so expect them to turn it up for the Taste!
New this year is a rockin’ wine and beer garden at Ortega St and Miloas.Eastside brewers Pure Order and Telegraph will be pouring samples of their hand-crafted brews for you to try. Pure Order grows their hops right here on the Eastside!
You’ll also get to sample fine local wines from a place with one of the best wine selections in town: Tri County Produce. Casa de la Raza, one of our best neighborhood volunteers, will be serving as wine stewards.
Four live music stages will keep you grooving along Milpas, with funky soul provided by Soul Biscuit, and a classic rock blast from the Jim Rankin Band. The new FUNZONE at East Beach Batting Cages will be putting on some incredible youth bands, while stages at the Fresh Market and McDonalds will feature dance and music teams from local area non-profits vying for patron tickets.
We’re all about community on Milpas, and our area non-profits step up and put a lot of effort into the Taste. Some will provide youth ambassadors to guide you to your next Taste destination. Some will provide art on the street, like the Visual Art and Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School. Some will do live performances, and others will assist with setup and breakdown. We love giving them the chance to show their great work off to Taste patrons, while helping them raise funds for their programs.
Milpas is 14 blocks long, so you can walk off some of that great food, but we’ll also have pedicabs and shuttles from MTD to get you around easily.
Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of the event. Wine / beer garden tickets are $15. It sold out last year, so get your tickets now at tasteofmilpas.nightout.com or call (805) 636-0475.
Viva Eat Street!