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It’s been close to a month now since we took a trip down to Santa Barbara to move Boy #4 into his college dorms. We extended our trip an extra day so we could do a little sight seeing in Santa Barbara and along the coast on our way back home. I’m here to share some of the beauty of Santa Barbara and an incredible lunch we had at Enterprise Fish Co. There will be more to come in a separate post about the remainder of our trip.
Shortly after we had unpacked his belongings in his dorm room, his roommate arrived. I got this shot of them just after they first met. I know we just met but you don’t mind if I take about 572 pictures of you guys together so we can document this big moment do you? That is Boy #4 there on the left and Jacob the roomie on the right. Jacob is a great guy and has equally awesome parents. I was pretty impressed with whatever system they use to match roommates. It think it’s working.
After he was unpacked and settled in, Paul and I stayed the night and took some time to explore downtown Santa Barbara on our own the following day. We settled in on Enterprise Fish Co. for lunch.
Can we talk about clam chowder? This was THE best clam chowder I’ve had…ever. Period. It will seriously knock your socks off. The consistency was just perfect – not too thick, not too brothy, and the flavor was memorable, to say the least.
I went with the Boston (white) chowder and Paul opted for the Manhattan (red) variety. We were both in chowder heaven and as we ate, we debated which was better. The soup alone is worth going back for but we’re not done yet. There’s more.
For my entree I ordered the mesquite grilled British Columbia salmon glazed with their Coca Cola BBQ sauce. There are a variety of sides to choose from but I went with these fresh and simple roasted veggies. Incredible.
Paul chose the mesquite grilled Pacific sword fish with lobster butter. Yeah, I may have reached across the table with my fork once…or twice. The lobster butter was phenomenal and really imparted a rich lobster flavor to the fish. Heavenly.
The restaurant is just a couple of blocks and an easy walking distance from Stearns Wharf, easily one of the most beautiful piers in California.
The view in every direction from the pier is breathtaking. The harbor on one side.
The town of Santa Barbara on the other.
Lucky for us, we now have an excuse to visit this beautiful place frequently. We will be back, oh yes, we will be back. See you again soon, Santa Barbara.
Enterprise Fish Co. is located at 225 State St. in Santa Barbara.