Savoy Cafe & Deli
Thinking of taking a trip out of LA for the day or even the weekend and heading to Santa Barbara? Well, if you are, make sure you stop at this homey little cafe situated off West Figueroa Street (about a block off of State Street Downtown). The owners, Paul and Kathy Shields, opened Savoy Cafe and Deli in 2005 but went bankrupt in 2008. They lost their house and their restaurant. In order to get back on their feet they worked jobs as janitors at their local church. After a year and a half Paul and Kathy bought back their restaurant from someone who came in and operated it while they were getting back on their feet. The person who took over during that time really wanted to see them back in the restaurant doing what they love. (And their love of good food definitely shows!)
The produce at Savoy is locally sourced and they offer many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options! (They also have lots of meat choices for all of you carnivores out there!) There is definitely a reason why this restaurant was featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
Check out what we thought of this cute cafe!
Immediately when we walked in we got a sense of that southern, homey, grandma's house vibe. It felt warm and welcoming!
We decided to try out Savoy's breakfast menu while we were there. Bethany had the Mushroom Omelette with toast and greens for her side. I had the Spinach, Feta and Onion scramble with greens and toast as well. They use a fig balsamic dressing on their side salad, which is so delicious! We both split a half order of their famous Gluten Free Citrus Dipped French Toast with berries. Our entire meal can be summed up in just one word...Amazing! Now we know why they were featured on the Food Network! We loved all of it! Very impressed with the quality of food, which is all made from scratch!
The decor at Savoy is cute and traditional, something you would find a local mom and pop cafe in a small town. (Which is exactly what this place is!) There are lots of wood accents and furniture, warm colors and fresh cut flowers on each table.
Everything on the menu is very reasonably priced especially for the quality you're getting!
Everyone here was very friendly! I'm sure with having been featured on the Food Network they get a lot of customers coming in asking what is the best thing to try, etc. So you can tell they are very patient and have a lot of recommendations!
Again, it really feels like you're at your grandmother's house waiting for that home cooked meal you reminisce about! (They serve lots of comfort foods with some healthy twists at their deli.) The entire space has a feeling of closeness and warmth. Their deli, salad bar and open fridge with drinks make it feel like a small town market where everyone comes here to grab a quick bite or take food home for dinner.
We loved Savoy Cafe and Deli! Bethany and I would definitely recommend stopping by the next time you're in Santa Barbara! Great food, good prices and pleasant atmosphere! :)