Santa Barbara, CA attractions
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PIERRE LAFOND BISTRO
516 State St.; (805) 962-1455, www.pierrelafond.com
This is an elegant spot linked to the nearby Lafond Winery and run by chef Joshua Keating. The glass-topped tables, open kitchen and soft-hued paintings make it a good place to linger and sip. Breakfast starts with organic coffee served in ceramic troughs and a variety of choices: chilaquiles ($7.50), smoked salmon platter ($12) and pancakes ($4.50 to $7.75). Later in the day, try the mojito steak panini, a tender, tangy bit of tri-tip. Dinner entrees are $14.95 to $20.95. Sandwiches, panini and pizza are $6.95 to $13.95.