Backyard Bowls

Paul Wellman

Backyard Bowls

Backyard Bowls

The Acai-Masters Bowl over Goleta

Where: 5668 Calle Real, Goleta; 770-2730;

What: A 100-percent organic breakfast and lunch spot serving acaí bowls with a variety of toppings

How Much: Acaí bowls, $6.85-$9.15.

The Dish: Goleta welcomed acaí bowls to town at the end of last year, when Backyard Bowls opened its second location on Calle Real. (The original location is at 331 Motor Wy.) Two friends, Pete Heth and Dan Goddard, created Backyard Bowls, inspired by Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, unprocessed foods, and one of their favorite surf spots in Hawai‘i (Backyards on Oahu). Backyard Bowls echoes with the reverberation of blenders, dicing the Brazilian acaí berry into a sludgy liquid that is thick enough to eat with a spoon. Acaí in these bowls contains the richest antioxidant content of any naturally occurring fruit. Each bowl contains the frozen pulp of the berry, blended with various other fruits, topped with granola, coconut shavings, bee pollen, sliced fresh strawberries, banana, goji, and a drizzle of honey. Patrons should try the Green Bowl, with broccoli, spinach, and ginger, but may also choose from drinkable smoothies, warm quinoa, or oatmeal.

Backyard Bowls - Goleta

5668 Calle Real, Goleta, CA
805-770-2730. More Info

View our complete restaurant guide here.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Iron Chef Caused State Street Pedestrian Death

Famous Chef Larry Forgione charged with misdemeanor for driving into Gilbert Ramirez on February 24.

Lavagnino’s Sudden Victory

5th District supervisor a shoo-in as filing window closes; Gregg Hart also unopposed for 2nd District.

One Half of Old Town Streets to Get Sidewalks

Walkways planned for one side of Goleta neighborhood streets; parking, lighting talks at community meeting March 22.

After Disaster in Montecito, Where Is All the Money Going?

Santa Barbara nonprofits account for millions spent on relief efforts.

Santa Barbara Experiences a Rainy March, but a Dry Year

Water year only 34 percent of normal for precipitation.