I don’t know if 13 is a lucky number or not, but 2013 is turning out to be a fabulous number for hungry folks in the Santa Ynez Valley this Jan 20-26. That’s when you can get a 3-course meal at 16 restaurants throughout the valley for — get this —$20.13.
That is an amazing deal for high-ranked restaurants like the Ballard Inn, dishes like surf & turf and short ribs, crème brûlée and even drink deals to add on (only at some participating restaurants). It sounds like a very lucky week to me.
The restaurant at the charming Ballard Inn is one of the most highly-rated restaurants in the valley and one of the best choices for Restaurant Week. Chef Budi Kazali is a classically trained chef with experience in some of the best restaurants in the east and west coats – including those holding an acclaimed James Beard award. His Asian and French influences, attending to details and expertise in melding flavors of east, west and hyper-local makes the restaurant at the Ballard Inn a top choice.
My favorite meal was in the last days before the California ban on foie gras, when we could order extra foie gras atop any main dish on the menu. Add foie to anything on the menu! One of Budi’s specialties is pan seared duck breast, pictured at top. With a thick slab of grilled foie served alongside, it became an indulgent dish we affectionately nicknamed “Duck Duck Foie.”
For restaurant week, get a sesame Caesar salad, grilled pork chop with mustard sauce and caramel pot de crème. Get your reservations early!