Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BRUNCH: Domingo's & Cajun Kitchen Cafe

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I’ve already written about a couple of my favorite brunchy spots in Santa Barbara, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention these next two as well.  And we've already established that I am kind of obsessed with breakfast, so seriously, wipe that look of surprise off your face!

Domingo’s is the first place Joe took me for pancakes when I moved to Santa Barbara.  He said it was kind of a hole in the wall, but that they made amazing breakfast, so I was already pretty on board with it.  And sure enough, they really do make some delightful pancakes, waffles, hash browns, omelets, biscuits & gravy...basically all things breakfast!  (And yes, they do apparently serve lunch, too, but I literally have no idea if anyone ever actually gets lunch because all I see on people’s plates is breakfast.  Smart people.)

I also love Domingo’s because the staff is very friendly and accommodating if you ever have any issues or special requests about your food.  I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait more than five minutes for a table there, even if we come with a larger group.  And bonus for Joe and me: it’s walking distance from home!

So if you’re not afraid to try out a place that may not look super fancy-schmance, definitely give Domingo’s a try.  It’s clean, quiet, delicious, and best of all, pretty dang inexpensive too!  (I know, what?!  I thought there was no such place in these parts.)

Next up on my list of go-to brunch spots in town is Cajun Kitchen Cafe.  This may sound weird, but the #1 reason I keep coming back to Cajun is that they carry green Tabasco sauce.  

Let me back up.  Several years ago, Joe and I visited his birthplace, Boulder, Colorado, and we went to this amazing breakfast joint where our server offered us an array of hot sauces for our meals.  One of the choices was green Tabasco sauce, and I had never seen it before.  The server noticed my curiosity and urged me to try it, claiming that green Tabasco on breakfast food is basically the greatest thing ever.

And he was right.

And ever since then, I have been on the hunt for places that have green Tabasco sauce (side note: Chipotle does, and no I absolutely do not go there like twice a week and pour the stuff all over my tacos and chips ohwaityesItotallydo).  

So, my first time going to Cajun Kitchen was after I volunteered for the SB Marathon a couple of years ago (cheering people on and making sure no cars were driving on the parts of the road that were blocked off for the runners).  My friend Megan must have known she had some making up to do for talking me into waking up at like 4 AM on a Saturday, and inviting me out to breakfast with the other volunteers definitely made up for it...especially when I found out they had my favorite green sauce.

Okay, but aside from my ridiculous addiction to that stuff, Cajun Kitchen does ALSO have really, really yummy breakfast foods, AND the most amazing blueberry muffins ever.  Their breakfast options tend to be plenty filling, too, so you definitely get a bang for your buck there.  Plus, there are several locations to choose from, each with its own ambiance and vibe.  

Seriously, when this is an option, what is even the point of lunch?

Shoot, now I just want to fast forward to this weekend and figure out a reasonable excuse to eat at all FOUR of these places I’ve mentioned in this series!  (PS: Did you enter the giveaway for a Sambo’s gift card yet?  Time is running out!)

1 comment:

  1. Cajun Kitchen also makes the best hash browns. Well, the Goleta location, anyway. I once had them at the De La Vina location, and meh-- not so good. I especially love their Creole seasoning, which goes great with the hash browns and eggs! (http://hellys365.blogspot.com/2011/03/creole-seasoning.html)

    Also, thanks a lot for giving me more of a hankering for breakfast food. If only these places were open for dinner!!


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