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Ian Filippini’s Picks: Best Mexican Restaurants in Santa Barbara

The Spanish heritage of Santa Barbara bodes well for some of the best Mexican restaurants in the region.
Here are Ian Filippini’s favorite Mexican restaurant picks:

Los Agaves
Known for great service, good food and a fast kitchen, this Mexican restaurant has two locations in the city. Be sure to try the Baja tacos and the chili verde burrito. Outstanding! http://www.los-agaves.com/

Sandbar Cocina y Tequila
This might just be a sports-bar but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. Located in the popular State Street, you might want to take patio seating to watch passers-by and goings on. Try the margaritas, strawberry mojitos and the fish tacos. http://sandbarsb.com/

Mony’s Mexican Food
This ‘unfancy’ restaurant does good food. It’s located in the Funk Zone so can be difficult to park. However, do try the pistachio salsa and the avocado salsa. The shrimp tacos and the fish tacos also shouldn’t be missed. https://www.yelp.com/biz/monys-mexican-food-santa-barbara

Shoreline Cafe
Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or happy hour drinks, this is your spot. Opt to sit outside and you can have your toes in the sand as you down one of their most excellent grilled fish tacos. The quesadillas are good and so are the prawn tacos. http://www.shorelinebeachcafe.com/

La Super-Rica Taqueria
Julia Child recommends this place and that’s no surprise. There’s often a line as it’s a favorite with tourists and locals alike. Don’t let that put you off. Stand in that line until your turn comes as you shouldn’t miss out on this outstanding Mexican restaurant. It’s been here for over 36 years and it’s still pulling punches! https://www.yelp.com/biz/la-super-rica-taqueria-santa-barbara

Carlito’s Café y Cantina
A ‘must have’ anytime you have visitors or business associates visiting you in Santa Barbara. Homemade authentic food in a casual setting. Sit outside under the many patio heaters if you like al fresco, don’t be surprised by the parking lot view. Go for the fajitas and you won’t be disappointed. http://www.carlitos.com/

Ian Filippini’s suggestions of the best Mexican restaurants in Santa Barbara is brought to you through the most delicious trial and error. To learn more about Ian Filippini, go to https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-filippini-468b3223