Santa Barbara: Sta. Barbara Shellfish Company
Established in 1980 as a buying station for local shellfish, fish, and a place to sell crabs, Shellfish Company eventually learned to serve shellfish from family recipes and recipes from fishermen friends.
My sister had something to attend to in Santa Barbara so I didn't pass on the opportunity to go on a road trip for it. Soon as she was done, we drove to Stearns Wharf and waited until sundown.
We had to walk towards the end of the wharf to reach some of the restaurants serving fresh local seafoods.
There was Moby Dick Restaurant and there was the Shellfish Company. We definitely chose the latter.
Captain S. Rokk doing his thing and playing tunes for your bills, pennies, dimes, and nickels.
This is where we caught the sunset by the pier. Since it was a Saturday, the place was really packed with people both in and out. We had to wait for our names to be called for over an hour because seats inside were limited.
I kept on going back and forth the dock to capture this sunset scene.
We were so hungry by the time we got to our seats.
Like any other places we ate at, we started off with something to drink.
To start things off, we ordered their Dungeness Crab Cocktail, Fried Calamari, Oysters, Shrimp, and Scallops, Coconut Shrimp, and Oyster Rockefeller.
We then followed it up with Steamed Clams, Abalone over tomato-basil rice, Crab Cakes, and their Maine and Local Lobster.
Our server was surprised with our orders considering we were only three in the group. She sort of had a hard time placing stuff on our table because our orders kept on coming out from the kitchen.
It was definitely a seafood-filled evening.