Santa Barbara's annual food festival, epicure.sb, is in full swing and Opal Restaurant has come up with a winning autumn Prix-Fixe menu. Long a favorite of Santa Barbarans, Opal has consistently imaginative and fresh foods to satisfy and delight foodies of all kinds and descriptions. The epicure.sb menu is a three course meal, starting with a salad of gourmet greens and followed by a grilled Kurobata Pork Loin on Butternut Squash Risotto and assorted veggies. The desert is a Pumpkin Cheesecake. Marie and I and our friend Jennifer opted to pair the dinner with wine and had a wonderful meal. (Richard, one of the owners of Opal, is a wine aficionado and their cellar has won a Wine Spectator award, so you know you're in good hands with their selections/recommendations.) The Kurobata Pork, we were told, is the king of porkers in Japan; they get massages and the best food. It was delicious. The risotto was the best risotto I've had and went a long ways to helping me understand the mysterious hold this rice dish has on millions. The wines were a light white for the salad, a tasty pinor noir for the pork and an ice wine from nearby Ojai for the dessert. We ate dinner outside on one of the sidewalk tables, the air became crisp as evening wore on and we felt we truly were celebrating autumn. Reminded me it was time to get the pumpkin pancakes on our breakfast menu. Epicure.sb ends on October 31st, so make the most of it! Opal's phone number is 805-966-9676
And, if you are looking for a fine Santa Barbara bed and breakfast for a getaway, please give us a call; we'd love to have you. We are an easy 6 blocks from Opal Restaurant.
Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper Bath Street Inn