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The Lark

In Santa Barbara and looking for some New American food? Go to The Lark!

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They give you complimentary seasoned popcorn to have while you wait for your meal (pictured on the lower left). They have an assortment of beer, wine, and cocktails you could choose from.

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Strawberry Beet Salad

The portion looks small but there are actually a lot of beets hiding under everything!

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Charcuterie Board (1/2 order)

Their charcuterie board is my favorite from their menu because they don’t skimp on the meat (might I add that this is only a half order?).

Spanish Octopus Salad

Spanish Octopus Salad

The octopus was really tender, but I wish they had given more of it because the ratio of octopus to vegetables was 1:5 (le sigh). Also, they over-seasoned the sauce, so there were too many things going on with the sweetness and saltiness.

Pomegranate Pork Chop

Pomegranate Pork Chop

The pork chop was quite tender too, but again, the sauce was too strong. The sauces for the octopus and the pork chop actually tasted very similar! Maybe they were even the same?? (more…)

The Hungry Cat

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Beer and “The Cumberland” Cocktail

I don’t remember what beer my boyfriend had, but I had one of their cocktails. “The Cumberland” ($13) had hendrick’s gin, fresh lime, fresh cucumber juice, and ginger. It was very refreshing!

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However, their seafood was disappointing. The live sea urchin (MP) lacked in flavor and texture, and the ceviche ($13, not pictured) was good but fairly small. To be frank, I’d only come back here during happy hour for some drinks and oysters.


The Hungry Cat
1134 Chapala St
Santa Barbara, CA 93117