Coastal Living: The Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara Right Now

The genius behind Sherry Villanueva’s Acme Hospitality group (Les Marchands, The Lark) is anticipating, then overdelivering on, the needs of the Santa Barbara foodscape. And what was desperately needed in the Funk Zone — an urban wine trail only two blocks from East Beach — was a deserving kickoff to a day of tasting. Enter Helena Avenue Bakery, Acme’s two-year-old café that shares space with the Santa Barbara Wine Collective. Under the direction of chef Adam Shoebridge, they’ve created a breakfast spot worth leaving your beach umbrella for with exemplary sweet (apricot-thyme croissants, stone fruit galettes) and savory (green eggs & ham biscuit with jack cheese and green harissa) options to pair with the locally roasted Dart coffee.

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Santa Barbara Independent: Chef’s Corner: Adam Shoebridge @ Helena Avenue Bakery
North Carolina Native Bringing Upscale Southern Cuisine to the Funk Zone

The first Suite C Dinner last month impressed: There was caviar with potato chips (a great textural vehicle for the eggs), barbecued oysters with country ham and XO sauce (whose charred flavor contrasted the light and bright ocean flavor), and black truffle with cornbread and popcorn cream, which came through in a salty, velvety aftertaste that was reminiscent of movie-theater popcorn. They were followed by shrimp and grits, short rib with scallion and embered mushrooms, and a cherry pie. Then came the March 1 Nashville hot chicken night and a Fat Tuesday dinner on March 5.

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Los Angeles Eater: The 13 Essential Santa Barbara Restaurants – February 2019

Sherry Villanueva (The Lark, Lucky Penny, Loquita) added Helena Avenue Bakery to her repertoire in 2016. The business shares a space with the Santa Barbara Wine Collective and features communal wood tables and rustic patio. Expect breads like baguettes, rye bâtards, and fig rosemary boules as well as savory-side dishes including curried cauliflower and toasted farro salads, seasonal soups, and sandwiches, as well as breakfast.

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Los Angeles Eater: The 13 Essential Santa Barbara Restaurants

Breakfast is a great time to visit to enjoy the full complement of baked goods and to snag sandwiches like green eggs & ham with tomato jam and Cheddar on a buttermilk biscuit. Don’t leave without grabbing a peanut brittle cookie.

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The Mercury News: 5 hottest new hot spots in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone

Step across the room to order lattes, pastries, avocado toast and breakfast biscuit sandwiches. Then grab a seat at one of the communal tables to enjoy that Green Eggs and Ham Sandwich ($10), say, with Black Forest ham, jack cheese and spicy green harissa.

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USA Today: Made in Santa Barbara: Flavors of the Funk Zone

In one of the Funk Zone’s refurbished warehouses, Helena Avenue Bakery is serves breakfast, lunch and baked goods. For breakfast don’t miss the Green Eggs & Ham slathered in spicy green harissa sauce along with freshly baked morning buns.
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Zagat – 11 Hottest New Restaurants in Santa Barbara

Stop at the picnic counter for egg croissants with arugula pesto and prosciutto; apricot-thyme croissants; cinnamon rolls; sprinkle-coated donuts; hand pies with seasonal jam; stone fruit galettes; quiche; house-pickled vegetables; Brussels sprouts Caesar salad; savory focaccia; cold fried chicken sandwiches and so much more.
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7×7 – A Revitalized Santa Barbara Gets Down, Gets Funky

Mornings in the Funk Zone begin at this industrial bakery that features roll-up garage doors, long communal tables, and a countertop full of homemade pastries including surprisingly good bagels.
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LA Weekly – 5 New Reasons to Eat in Santa Barbara

In the heart of the Funk Zone, and housed in the same warehouse as Santa Barbara Wine Collective, Helena Avenue Bakery serves up hearty breakfast sandwiches and freshly baked pastries until 11 a.m., and sandwiches, salads and goodies from the picnic counter till 6 p.m.
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The Montecito Group – Helena Bakery

Homemade breads galore, paired with pastries (both savory and sweet) , charcuterie plates, along with deli sandwiches and salads, are some of the items you will find. While sharing space with the industrial, yet chic Santa Barbara Wine Collective Winery, you can order your food and pair it with any of the array of wines they offer.
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Santa Barbara Life & Style – Sweet or Savory?

The combination of wine and baked goods leads me to fantasize an afternoon sipping wine and munching on treats and sandwiches.
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Travel Industry Today – FOOD PORN IN THE FUNK ZONE

These two wineries and three others share the same roof along with Helena Avenue Bakery. Thus my tasting “mini flight” was paired with breads and cheeses.
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Escape Australia – THREE GETAWAYS OUTSIDE OF LOS ANGELES

Escape Australia recommends starting the day with breakfast at Helena Ave.
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KIDTRIPSTER – SANTA BARBARA

Also in The Funk Zone, plan to visit the very special Helena Avenue Bakery (131 Anacapa St.), located in a beautifully-restored, historic warehouse. Here organic breads and pastries are baked from scratch daily. My girls were delighted with the strawberry-glazed donuts and hot cocoa. I savored every bite of my egg and cheddar buttermilk biscuit with heavenly house-made tomato jam.
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Exotic Wine Travel – Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail: Highlights & Tips

While tasting at Santa Barbara Wine Collective, you can also fill yourself up with freshly baked goods from Helena Avenue Bakery, which shares space with the Collective.
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Eater Los Angeles – The 10 Essential Santa Barbara Restaurants

Breakfast is a great time to visit to enjoy the full complement of baked goods and to snag sandwiches like green eggs & ham with tomato jam and Cheddar on a buttermilk biscuit. Don’t leave without grabbing a peanut brittle cookie.
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Santa Barbara: Exploring surf and turf along America’s Riviera

Restaurants not to be missed include… Helena Avenue Bakery, 131 Anacapa St., for breakfast sandwiches, salads, seasonal soups, cheese boards and charcuterie at communal wooden tables.
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Santa Barbara Independent – Summer Baking with Stone Fruit

Pastry chef Bethany Burns pulls out a perfectly free-formed galette, its pillowy crust folded delicately over thick slabs of yellow peaches, and smiles proudly.
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Escape – Three Getaways Outside Los Angeles

Affectionately known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is home to Spanish revival architecture, farm-to-table cuisine, locally-produced wines and outdoor recreation fit for Bear Grylls.
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Helena Avenue Bakery Serving Up Breads & Pastries in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone Business

The Helena Avenue Bakery offers handmade pastries and breads, and an assortment of sandwiches, salads, pickled vegetables, salami, and cheese boards.
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Helena Ave, Bakery – Funk Zone Newest Addition

Hana-Lee, certified Specialist of Wine and Sommelier, reports on our newest addition to the Funk Zone.
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Cervins Central Coast

Helena Avenue Bakery – Good Bread in the Best Place.
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Forget the High Street. Microtowns are where the action is.

The Funk Zone, Santa Barbara, California… a hip pizza place, Lucky Penny, as well as Le Marchands, the wine bar and merchant. Helena Avenue, a trendy artisan bakery is opening soon too. All of the above were created by Acme Ventures.
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Helena Avenue Bakery Opens in Funk Zone with Sweet Offerings and Light Lunches

KEYT and John Palminteri report on Helena Ave. Bakery.
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