Monday, September 4, 2017


Dinner Restaurant Menu

At Cody’s Cafe, we take pride in being “the locals’ favorite” for classic diner-style meals in Santa Barbara. We love that our customers keep coming back for their favorite American comfort foods.  Providing a family friendly space where you can enjoy a hearty meal, and spend quality time with the ones you love is what we’re all about at Cody’s Cafe.
Sometimes we forget just how much we fit into the daily ebb and flow of life in Santa Barbara. A short time ago, we made a hastily considered choice to stop serving our dinner menu – and boy did you let us know about that! Our social media lit up with friends and customers reminding us of what we mean to them, and asking us to please reconsider.
Well, we listened, and that’s why we’ll be back serving dinner beginning July 18. Once again you’ll be able to count on Cody’s for an affordable selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner options that you can enjoy in our main dining room, bar, event room or dog-friendly patio. You’ll be able to enjoy our high definition TVs, local brews and signature drinks alone, with your family, or as part of a romantic evening for two.
We’ll still be serving the same fresh, high quality food at an affordable price with the friendliest staff in town that you have come to love and expect at our Santa Barbara family restaurant. From daily and seasonal specials, to our extensive food and drink menu, we’ll be sure that we have something to keep everybody happy and coming back for more! We have a wide variety local wines and craft beers on tap.  Please note that we’ve discontinued our specialty cocktail options and will no longer serve hard alcohol.
We’re glad you like our dinner options, but don’t forget that Cody’s is one of the most popular breakfast restaurants in Santa Barbaratoo. On the weekends, we still offer our signature brunch that’s perfect for a family get-together or entertaining out-of-town guests. Our lunch menu is always designed to please, and our private event room seats up to 45 people – perfect for family celebrations or corporate meetings.
Lastly, it’s heart warming to know that our customers value what we do so much that they are willing to take the time to tell us with such a passion! Thank you for being such loyal customers to Cody’s Café. We look forward to meeting your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs at our restaurant for many years to come.
About Cody’s Cafe: Cody’s Café is a classic American family restaurant located at 4898 Hollister Avenue in Santa Barbara. Cody’s is proud recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2016. Visit our website at for a full listing of our mouth-watering fresh menu items. “Like” us on Facebook for specials, food info, and local tidbits. Don’t forget to join our Cody’s Café VIP Text Club to receive special offers and discounts. Text CODYS to 51660 and receive a free beverage. Call 805-683-5141 to make your Santa Barbara dinner reservations today!

Cody’s Makes Memorial Day Memorable

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Dear Readers,

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, and all of us at Cody’s Cafe would like to take a moment to pay our respects to those brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our beloved country. Cody’s would like to spend this Memorial Day by serving our current and former members of the armed forces. That’s why we are offering special discounts and deals for anyone with a military ID on Memorial Day weekend.

Don’t stress having to plan a Memorial Day cookout or party. Come relax and let Cody’s take care of you and the family. This Memorial Day weekend let Cody’s serve you some of the best American comfort food classics. Thinking about having a private party? Cody’s offers a wonderfully affordable private party venue as well. Here’s how Cody’s can turn your Memorial Day into one to remember.

Family First: Cody’s believes in creating a family friendly restaurant without sacrificing atmosphere or quality. Cody’s knows how important your family is to you, and that’s why we believe it’s essential to have a great family friendly restaurant that everyone can enjoy.

Morning, Noon & Night: Whether you are looking for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, Cody’s servers it all: a fresh breakfast to start the day, a light lunch to keep you active, or a hearty dinner with deserts and drinks. Never worry if it’s a good time to stop at Cody’s. No matter the meal, we will be here.

Fresh is Best: Don’t waste your money stopping at one of the large chain restaurants only to be served frozen processed food. Cody’s uses local vegetables, meat, and spices. When the ingredients are only a few minutes away, there is no need for preservatives and freezing.

America’s Best: Cody’s doesn’t believe in having to over complicate things. We serve our renditions of American classics. Dishes like pot roast, liver and onions, and oven-roasted turkey have disappeared off many restaurant menus across the country. Enjoy these great American classics once again at Cody’s.

Locally Unique: Aren’t you tired of the same décor, same dishes, same atmosphere, same menu, and the same bland taste you get with every chain restaurant? Come to Cody’s and enjoy a unique taste of Santa Barbara. Bring some excitement back into dinner by staying away from chain places and sticking with your neighborhood cafe.

These are just a few reasons how Cody’s can turn your usual Memorial Day weekend into something unusual. Be sure to bring a form of military ID to receive special offers and discounts. Don’t want to to wait to be seated? Make your reservation today by calling (805) 683-5141. Or if you have any questions or comments click here.

One of our regulars at Cody’s Cafe is Rosie, from Rosie’s Cleaning Service.  After your big Memorial Day party, if you need help  cleaning up, call Rosie!
Happy Memorial Weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Santa Barbara:  

Memorial Day Celebration: Join the Veterans Coordinating Council to honor the sacrifice of American military members. Lunch will be provided. (Monday May 29th at 12:30 pm. 112 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Call 455-5259)

Pierre Claeyssens Veteran’s Museum & Library: This Memorial Day, join the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation (PCVF) at the Santa Barbara Cemetery in remembrance of those who gave the greatest sacrifice for our country. The ceremony will include a patriotic program featuring the Santa Barbara Choral Society, bagpipers, and keynote speech from featured guest, Captain Charlie Plumb.
iMadonnari Street Painting Festival: Palettes of color and culture come together for three days each spring at Old Mission Santa Barbara. Watch street painters transform Mission plaza using pastels on pavement to create over 150 vibrant and colorful large-scale images.
Don’t forget to check out Cody’s superb wine list.  Try a local wine like Cody’s Chardonnay Private Label.

About Cody’s Cafe: Cody’s Cafe has proudly welcomed the Santa Barbara community since 1995. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily at reasonable prices. Customers love our warm atmosphere and cozy setting so much that many local groups use our event room for their regular meetings.  Our event room is also the perfect location for birthday parties or any other occasion you had in mind. Call 805-683-5141 for more information and to book your event. You can also visit our website to read comments from our satisfied customers who rave about Cody’s Cafe. For the latest news and information “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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Mother's Day books up fast, reservations are recommended. Call 805-683-5141

Dear Readers,
Happy Mother’s Day from Cody’s Cafe!
At Cody’s Cafe we want to help you celebrate this special day with Mom.  Let’s show her a little extra appreciation on Mother’s Day.
Beautiful Beginnings: Start her day off right and treat Mom to breakfast at Cody’s Cafe. We are known as one of Santa Barbara’s top breakfast restaurants, boasting a wide array of fresh and local breakfast offerings.
Better Yet Brunch: If Mom would rather take this opportunity to sleep in, join us for brunch and choose from either our breakfast or lunch menu. Indulge in a leisurely meal and perhaps treat her to a spa package at Qui Si Bella to enjoy an afternoon of pampering.
Dinner Delights: What’s better than spending the day with Mom? Treating her to a night out on the town! Dinner and drinks at Cody’s Cafe is the perfect way to show Mom just how much she means to you. Don’t forget to order one of our decadent desserts to finish of your meal! Why not travel in style and let Sammy’s Limos do the driving!
Chores are a Bore: Now that you’ve got Mom’s meals taken care of top it off with a gift that keeps on giving.  You can make sure that Mom has more  time to relax by taking on some of her least favorite chores; now she can spend her time doing something she enjoys. Free up some time for her by choosing a service package from Rosie’s Cleaning Service, Mom will be thanking you all year long!
A Day at the Beach: Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of some of the beautiful beaches that Santa Barbara has to offer. After lunch at Cody’s Cafe, spend some quality time with Mom  at the beach. Don’t leave Mom to deal with the damp and sandy laundry, drop it off at Wash and Fun and let them take care of the mess.
However you choose to spend Mother’s Day, your mom is sure to enjoy it more if you are “fully present” instead of typing away on your mobile phone!  And why not make a meal with mom a regular occurrence? A monthly, or better yet weekly, dinner date with Mom at Cody’s Cafe will let her know how important she is to you.
Plan ahead so that you get seated first! Call 805-683-5141 for reservations.
Top Mother’s Day Events in Santa Barbara: Here are the may events in Santa Barbara that may be of interest to you and your family.
Weekend Paint in the Vineyard: Treat Mom to a fun painting experience in a beautiful, stress-free environment at Brander vineyard in Santa Ynez. No previous painting experience necessary. Included in the price of the event is a full wine tasting. (Saturday May 13th from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Highway 154 at Roblar Ave. Los Olivos, CA 93411. Admission is $65. Call (805) 990-2105)
CycleMania Family Bike Parade: A fun bike parade to celebrate Mother’s Day. Kids and parents can decorate their bikes and join the parade, or sit back and just watch the parade. There will be prizes for family themes, bike decoration and more, plus lots of goodies for Mom. (Sunday May 14th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 651 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Free admission. Call (805) 963-7283).
Mother’s Day Tea: Treat the special woman in your life to a tour of the Lotusland gardens followed by tea and refreshments on their pavilion patio. Advanced reservation are required. (Sunday May 14th from 1:30 to 4:00 pm. Cold Springs Road, Santa Barbara , CA 93108. Call (805) 969-9990)
Luxury Spa Packages For Mom at Qui Si Bella: Qui Si Bella is running a Mother’s Day special for their day spa and massage services.Treat your mom to a fun and relaxing day at Qui Si Bella.
Don’t forget to check out Cody’s superb wine list.  Try a local wine like Cody’s Chardonnay Private Label.
About Cody’s Cafe: Cody’s Cafe has proudly welcomed the Santa Barbara community since 1995. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily at reasonable prices. Customers love our warm atmosphere and cozy setting so much that many local groups use our event room for their regular meetings.  Our event room is also the perfect location for birthday parties or any other occasion you had in mind. Call 805-683-5141 for more information and to book your event. You can also visit our website to read comments from our satisfied customers who rave about Cody’s Cafe. For the latest news and information “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.



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Sunday, September 3, 2017


Easter Brunch is one of our most popular brunch days of the year, reservations are recommended.
Santa Barbara locals know Cody’s Cafe is a great place to bring the family for an Easter meal.Brunch in Goleta
The Easter Bunny may only come on Sunday, but Cody’s Cafe Easter specials are available Friday April 14th through Sunday April 16th. Enjoy mixed berry french toast for just $9.45 – served until 2pm and a delicious lamb shank for $17.95 – available after 5pm.
easter brunch
Here is just a glimpse of what you can expect this Easter at Cody’s, as well as year-round:
  • BREAKFAST: Cody’s serves Breakfast every day from 6am-2pm. While you will still find cafe staples such as breakfast menu goletascrambled eggs, french toast or pancakes, Cody’s also offers many other mouth watering breakfast dishes. Try the breakfast enchiladas or the country fried steak and you’ll instantly see why they are local favorites. Easter Brunch books up fast, reservations are recommended.  Call 805-683-5141 for reservations
  • LUNCH:  Order from our lunch menu at Cody’s until 5pm. Cody’s is known for hearty burgers and sandwiches. Don’t forget to ask about the homemade soups! If you ate too much Easter chocolate this year, Cody’s has 10 different salads to choose from and some lighter sandwich options.
  • DINNER:  Bring the whole family Easter Dinner at Cody’s Cafe from 5pm-10pm. Your choice of dinner entrees is varied and extensive. Cody’s has everything from top sirloin to pasta to Mexican fare. All entrées are accompanied by either soup or salad. If your taste buds are feeling adventurous this Easter, try one of Cody’s signature entrées like BBQ beef short ribs or homemade pot roast.
Are you looking for a restaurant with a relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff, fresh food and affordable prices? Cody’s has a full selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner options that you can enjoy in their main dining room, bar, event room or dog-friendly patio. On the weekends, join locals for a Bloody Mary brunch and find out why Cody’s has become one of the most popular breakfast restaurants in Santa Barbara. If you’re looking for local sports bars or private party venues or just an after-work happy hour in Goleta, Cody’s Cafe has you covered.
Enjoy the high definition tv’s, local brews and signature drinks. The private event room seats up to 45 people which is perfect for family celebrations or corporate meetings. Visit one of the best restaurants and bars in Goleta, Cody’s Cafe at 4898 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93111. Call 805-683-5141 for reservations, visit
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Call 805-683-5141 for reservations
Top Easter Activities in Santa Barbara
Here are activities you and your family can enjoy in Santa Barbara this Easter:
  1. The Great Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 from 10:00a.m.-12:00noon at Elings Park. The softball fields will be transformed into a colorful sea of 15,000 candy filled eggs. There will also be activities including a bounce house, face painting, music and complimentary Starbucks coffee.
  2. EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 a.m. The City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department presents a fun search for candy and prize-filled eggs in the park. EGGstravaganza will take place in two park locations: Chase Palm Park and Bohnett Park. Attendance is free, open to children up to and including age eight.Top Easter Activities in Santa Barbara
  3. Vineyard Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 15 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Riverbench Vineyard & Winery. Over 2,000 eggs are hidden in the garden surrounding this vineyard tasting room. Eggs are filled with candy for the kids and some special prizes for their parents. Secure your tickets early.
  4. Santa Barbara’s Easter Service: At the Courthouse Sunken Gardens, Sunday, April 16 at 9:00a.m. Service features live music, children’s area, refreshments, and a message of hope. Guest speaker is best-selling author, Nick Vujicic.
Top Easter Activities in Santa Barbara
Don’t forget to check out Cody’s superb wine list.  Try a local wine like Cody’s Chardonnay Private Label.
About Cody’s Cafe: Cody’s Cafe has proudly welcomed the Santa Barbara community since 1995. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily at reasonable prices. Customers love our warm atmosphere and cozy setting so much that many local groups use our event room for their regular meetings.  Our event room is also the perfect location for birthday parties or any other occasion you had in mind. Call 805-683-5141 for more information and to book your event. You can also visit our website to read comments from our satisfied customers who rave about Cody’s Cafe. For the latest news and information “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Father’s Day Brunch At Your Favorite Santa Barbara Restaurant

Father's Day Brunch at Santa Barbara Restaurant

Father’s Day is the starting point for a summer of fun at Blush Restaurant + Lounge. We’re right in the heart of Santa Barbara, which makes us the perfect location for all your social diningweekend brunch, bachelorette party and wedding needs. Start the summer off right by bringing your dad in for our Father’s Day Brunch, available from 9am-3pm. How about a hearty Steak & Eggs entree, Chilaquiles, or some spicy Huevos Rancheros? Top it off with a Blood Orange Bellini or a Blush Bloody Mary, and you’ve got the ingredients for a perfect day. Enjoy good food in a great atmosphere while you and dad take time to get to know each other again.
Of course you don’t have to wait for a special occasion; any day is a good day to spend with Dad. Another advantage of downtown Santa Barbara restaurants like Blush is our easy access to some of California’s freshest food items. Take our Farmers Market Tuesdays, for example, featuring a dinner and drink special with fresh ingredients from our local farmer’s market. Our chef is always thinking of new ways to use fresh seafood and local produce to spice up our California cuisine offerings. The menu is inspired by the California coast with influences of Spanish, Asian and European flavors and cooking techniques for your dining pleasure.
Dad’s not the only one who will love Blush. Bring your high school and college students here for a graduation celebration, or treat out-of-town visitors to Santa Barbara’s most recommended lounge bar downtown. If you are planning a bachelorette party before the summer wedding season, be sure to inquire with one of our friendly staff to discuss your special event and reserve a date. Blush can cater your event with small passed appetizers, buffet style entrees, or a four course set menu for your guests.  We have a special 20% off arrangement with a Santa Barbara limo company to help you arrive in style. Whether you’re seated outside in our expansive outdoor patio or inside in elegant, contemporary dining room, our restaurant is the perfect location for bachelorette partiesrehearsal dinners and wedding receptions for groups of 10 to 400 people.
Show dad how much you appreciate the way he has been a quiet source of strength throughout your life, and treat him like the king of your heart. Call (805) 957-1300 now for further information on our Father’s Day restaurant menu or to make your Father’s Day reservations.


Father's Day Brunch at Santa Barbara Restaurant
About Blush Restaurant + Lounge: Of all the restaurants in Santa Barbara, Blush Restaurant + Lounge at 630 State Street, is one of the best for Father’s Day celebrations. It is also one of the best bachelorette party locations, and makes the perfect site for weekend brunchsocial diningrehearsal dinnersand wedding receptions. Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. until close, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until close. Visit the website at to learn more about thelounge bar. “Like” the Facebook page for regular updates on dining in Santa Barbara. Call (805)957-1300 for professional assistance with bachelorette parties at Blush.

History and the birth of the modern restaurant

Greece and Rome 

In Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, thermopolia (singular thermopolium) were small restaurant-bars that offered food and drinks to customers. A typical thermopolium had little L-shaped counters in which large storage vessels were sunk, which would contain either hot or cold food. Their popularity was linked to the lack of kitchens in many dwellings and the ease with which people could purchase prepared foods. Furthermore, eating out was considered a very important aspect of socializing.

A Roman thermopolium in Pompeii

In Pompeii, 158 thermopolia with a service counter have been identified across the whole town area. They were concentrated along the main axis of the town and the public spaces where they were frequented by the locals.

The birth of the modern restaurant - Paris in the 18th century

The modern idea of a restaurant – as well as the term itself – appeared in Paris in the 18th century. For centuries Paris had taverns which served food at large common tables, but they were notoriously crowded, noisy, not very clean, and served food of dubious quality. In about 1765 a new kind of eating establishment, called a "Bouillon", was opened on rue des Poulies, near the Louvre, by a man named Boulanger. It had separate tables, a menu, and specialized in soups made with a base of meat and eggs, which were said to be restaurants or, in English "restoratives". Other similar bouillons soon opened around Paris. Thanks to Boulanger and his imitators, these soups moved from the category of remedy into the category of health food and ultimately into the category of ordinary food. Their existence was predicated on health, not gustatory, requirements.

The first luxury restaurant in Paris, called the Taverne Anglaise, was opened at the beginning of 1786, shortly before the French Revolution, by Antoine Beauvilliers, the former chef of the Count of Provence, at the Palais-Royal. It had mahogany tables, linen tablecloths, chandeliers, well-dressed and trained waiters, a long wine list and an extensive menu of elaborately prepared and presented dishes. In June 1786 the Provost of Paris issued a decree giving the new kind of eating establishment official status, authorizing restaurateurs to receive clients and to offer them meals until eleven in the evening in winter and midnight in summer. A rival restaurant was started in 1791 by Méot, the former chef of the Duke of Orleans, which offered a wine list with twenty-two choices of red wine and twenty-seven of white wine. By the end of the century there were other luxury restaurants at the Grand-Palais: Huré, the Couvert espagnol; Février; the Grotte flamande; Véry, Masse and the cafe des Chartres (still open, now the Grand Vefour).

Source: Wikipedia