Roasted Lamb Sandwich @ Le Café Stella

Matt Kettmann

Roasted Lamb Sandwich @ Le Café Stella

Roasted Lamb Sandwich @ Le Café Stella

Though quite popular since it opened in 2011 with Santa Barbara’s picky happy hour crowd — that Cajun pork sausage brioche slider with harissa and tomato-cornichon relish is pretty legit — Le Café Stella, across the municipal golf course, is a superb lunch hideaway, too. The sultry French soundtrack and brasserie vibe pair nicely with this savory sandwich, whose thinly sliced, herb-crusted lamb packs a gamy bite through the soft ciabatta roll, enhanced ever so delicately by the piquantly sweet whole-grain mustard and caramelized onion topping. (But maybe a little more lamb, please?) The salad with red onion vinaigrette works well as the included side dish, but folks love the fries, and the tortilla soup, if offered, makes a nice dipper for the ciabatta ends. Not into sheep meat? Then try the chicken-brie sando instead. $13.75. 3302 McCaw Ave., (805) 569-7698,

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