Where: 3607 State Street, 805-687-8701; 1253 Coast Village Road, 805-969-7878; www.jeannines.com
What: Full service bakery and cozy cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and indulgently decadent slices of cake.
How much? French toast with bacon $9.95; chopped salads $5.25-$10.95; egg salad sandwich $8.25; 6″ carrot cake $27.95
The dish: Jeannine’s American Bakery and Cafe has two Santa Barbara locations: Montecito’s Coast Village Road and upper State Street (with a third on the way on E. Figueroa). Whether you’re in the mood for enjoyable people watching on Coast Village’s permanent vacation road or just popping uptown for a quick lunch break bite, the menu is full of treats to satisfy hunger pangs as well as your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings. The inviting Montecito location is difficult to ignore with its picket fence and white sidewalk tables. Meet the end of the line at the front doors and order cafeteria style after walking by the Peet’s coffee station, pastry filled glass case, and daily chalkboard specials. Enjoy a similar ordering style, chopped salads, and decadent confections uptown where both in and outdoor seating is also available. Order fluffy pancakes (check daily specials for flavors such as pumpkin or pecan), authentic Challah French toast, or build your own omelet with USDA Certified Organic eggs. Eight deli sandwiches and nine chopped salads decorate the lunch menu with classically simple recipes such as the Cobb, the Mediterranean, and Jeannine’s Original Club. Special order a carrot or rosette covered chocolate mousse cake for any occasion.