1. Dave’s Dogs (pictured)

Dave’s Dogs has a wide range of unique and playful hot dog selections including, but not limited to, a Pizza dog, Mac N Cheese dog, and Hawaiian dog. The first time I visited Dave’s I ordered the Western dog that came with bacon, grilled onions, jalapeƱos, spicy mayo, and BBQ sauce. So much flavor in one bite, I can’t wait to try a different kind of hot dog next time!

2. IV Bagel Cafe

You haven’t experienced Isla Vista until you pull up to bagel cafe hungover after a night on Del Playa and order the Eggle Plus on a Galaxy bagel (aka Everything bagel) with cheddar cheese and bacon. Pro tip: order online and pick it up in-store to avoid the weekend long-wait lines!

3. Santa Barbara Public Market

The Public Market has all types of cuisines you can think of. From Sushi to Thai food to Italian and more, the large venue also offers wine, beer, and hand-made ice cream to further enjoy the food-hall experience and dynamic vibe. With seating available indoors and outdoors and high-top bar counters at almost every food stand, the Public Market has a casual and inviting atmosphere and is perfect for any sized group with various cravings. My personal favorites inside the Public Market include Empty Bowl Gourmet Noodle Bar with their Wednesday Pad See Ew special, and also Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, which, fun fact, has happy-hour prices daily between 3 and 5 p.m.

4. East Beach Tacos

Who would’ve thought the taco stand located inches away from a batting cage in downtown Santa Barbara would be the best tacos I’ve ever had in the area and possibly in all my life. It’s affordable and family-friendly and just blocks away from the ocean and Cabrillo Boulevard if you’re wanting to take a walk after a delicious taco lunch. I like to start out with a poke taco on a fried wonton shell and then move on to my favorite spicy crispy shrimp taco.

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