Finch & Fork is making waves! Here are some recent write-ups, raves, and reviews that have come our way.
Cocktail Corner: Cool New Cocktails at Finch & Fork
5-30-14 | SB Seasons
Finch & Fork Restaurant at the Canary Hotel is right in the neighborhood (31 W. Carrillo St.) and one of my favorite places for happy hour, wine tastings on the roof and even to meet people for interviews (the bar couches are particularly cushiony and comfortable). Now they have a fun new cocktail menu with a bit of the new age, a bit of the golden age and a bit of my personal favorite, the barrel age.
That's just a photo of the creative and refreshing iced lattes Finch & Fork is serving, made with Earl Grey and orange and a salute to summer in a Mason jar glass, as I ate the fine food too quickly to be able to take photos. But it's simple as this--if you're looking for a wonderful brunch any weekend, go enjoy what chef James Siao is serving at the corner of Carrillo and Chapala. My bet is you won't stop to take photos, either.
Located inside Canary Hotel, Finch & Fork offers multiple dining areas with booths, and tables of predominantly classic wood tones. It's open without being noisy and large enough for gatherings yet intimate as well for a clandestine dinner. Chef James Siao aims to use just six ingredients per dish to maximize flavor, and indeed they pop in starters like fried chicken sliders with cilantro slaw and smoked honey mustard, and the skillet of tender cauliflower, broccoli and capers. He is also into house-made pickles, jams and chutneys. Entrées include a chicken and kale salad mixed with feta cheese, toasted pine nuts and Greek yogurt, and pan-seared sea bass with crispy Brussels sprouts, citrus hollandaise and bacon. Desserts, too, are worth your time. We like the carrot cake, which is atypically made with carrot purée, candied walnuts and a cream cheese ice cream. There is a focus on craft cocktails and an extensive brown spirits list curated by the in-house mixologist; the wine list excels at mainly regional wines to reflect the food.
When it's time for a quick jaunt away from LA for a weekend or even a day, Santa Barbara is the closest getaway - only 90 miles - yet it feels so much further off. And that's a good thing. With the beautiful coastline, local farms and ranches and wine-country influence, it's also a culinary paradise. Plus, Oprah lives nearby. Here are 10 delicious new reasons to check out the Santa Barbara dining scene, from hopping around the Funk Zone to eating your way around the grand Santa Monica Public Market.
Finch & Fork restaurant at Kimpton’s Canary Hotel hosts one of the most popular brunches in Santa Barbara, California. Meat enthusiasts will love chowing down on their signature short rib hash with a side of fresh chimichurri sauce.
Escape to Santa Barbara - Where Classic Meets Contemporary
2-6-14 | LA Travel Magazine
The Contemporary: Finch & Fork – Comfort Food with a Twist
Who doesn’t love to go to brunch? It’s practically an American institution on a Saturday or Sunday morning, so we sought out a special place to start our day, deciding on Finch & Fork, located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara. It has a modern elegance, and its intimate feel makes you think you are in someone’s Santa Barbara ranch style home.
Finch & Fork might be new, but it's the place to eat in Santa Barbara
11-1-13 | LA Business Times
The restaurants on and around State can be hit or miss. In other words, it can be a craps shoot. And finding a restaurant that provides fantastic food and wine, and stellar service in a beautiful, elegant space is like striking gold. Finch & Fork is just such a restaurant.
“It’s a casual setting for social dining and a family environment that caters to being able to relax,” Chef Siao recently told the Santa Barbara Independent. “We hope locals and guests can have great conversations together over cocktails.”
Menage a Trois Dinner Series - A Threesome of Chefs and Their Three Restaurants
10-10-13 | Santa Barbara Independent
Know what’s awkward? Calling a source to ask for information regarding a ménage à trois. (Oh, what I do for my readers. Please bear with me as I attempt to get through this without inadvertently ripping off any cheap sexual innuendo from an old episode ofThree’s Company.)
This threesome is strictly professional: a dinner series that will take place over three sequential Thursdays (beginning tonight, October 10); each will showcase three amazing chefs from three different restaurants, collaborating to put forth spectacular three-course menus (plus cocktail-hour nibbles, all paired with wine), in honor of this month’s epicure.sb celebration.
Local Bartenders Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer
10-8-13 | Santa Barbara News Press
Santa Barbara residents looking for a new watering hole to frequent can sample six in a row, thanks to Night Out's latest Crown the Town event. Crown the Town "Breast Drink" edition is a special event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Participants hop between six restaurants and bars, each of which has prepared a special alcoholic "pink drink" for them to taste. Ten percent of ticket sales will benefit the Breast Cancer Resource Center in Santa Barbara.
It's colder (sort of) and darker earlier (a little bit). So it's fall (as fall as it's going to get here in SB). You probably feel like getting cozy under the stars by a fire (with the right company, of course). Well, you like to sing along to musicals (yes, of course) and you definitely like cocktails (yes, please). Well then, "Sing-Along Under the Stars" at Kimpton's Canary Hotel is the place for you on Wednesday nights in October. The movie series kicks off October 2nd with the screening of "Grease" on the rooftop terrace. The movie is free and Finch and Fork restaurant will offer a menu of themed craft cocktails available for purchase. Complimentary blankets will be provided for your viewing comfort.
Located at the Canary Hotel, the restaurant has its own entrance at Chapala and Carrillo streets. The vibe in the dining room is sophisticated but comfortable, words that also describe the locally sourced menu by executive chef James Siao. Appetizers include cheddar hush puppies with chipotle honey. Lamb burgers with date chutney and chili-caramel pork ribs served with pickled seasonal veggies are among the entrees. The daily specials menu offers buttermilk friend chicken on Tuesdays and a farmers’ market lasagna on Saturdays. Don’t miss the fire-roasted banana milkshake for dessert or the happy hour views on the Rooftop Perch. The outdoor space is the perfect setting to share a $20 deal, which from 4 pm to 7 pm, on Mondays through Fridays include a pitcher of sangria and three appetizers. Make the house-made jerky one of your selections.
On Sunday, July 28th, Finch & Fork restaurant inside Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carrillo Street, hosted its first annual “Shuck ‘n Swallow” competition, sponsored by Santa Monica Seafood Company. Participants included Finch & Fork, Arlington Tavern, Blush, Brewhouse, Enterprise Fish Company and Hungry Cat. The team I was assigned to count, Brandon Worrell (head chef, “the shucker”) and Doug Fresh (line cook, “the swallower”) from Blush restaurant, 630 State Street, took top honors with 85 oysters shucked and swallowed within 10 minutes.
Yes, the hotel on the corner of Chapala and Carrillo has changed hands over the last decade like Beyonce changes costumes during a concert. And we've been with them through every new incarnation. The interior of the bar has, however, remained pretty stable — serving up very good cocktails — and the combo of happy hour drinks and bites has been nicely affordable.
If you’ve ever wondered how much shuck could a swallower swallow if a swallower could swallow shucks, you need to get to the rooftop of the Canary Hotel on July 28 for Finch &Fork’s first Shuck ’n Swallow competition.
Ahh, Shucks: New Oyster Competition Coming to the Canary Hotel
7-11-13 | Santa Barbara New Press
Britney Graham loves oysters. It's a good thing, because she's going to be eating a lot of them on Sunday, July 28 for the inaugural Finch & Fork's Shuck 'N Swallow competition.
The competition, sponsored by Santa Monica Seafood Co. and slated to begin at 2 p.m., will feature participants from Finch & Fork, Arlington Tavern, Blush, The Brewhouse, Enterprise Fish Company and Hungry Cat.
Four new area restaurants are serving up food and fun this summer.
Another, albeit much smaller, makeover took place at Kimpton’s Canary Hotel (canarysantabarbara.com) in Santa Barbara. Coast restaurant has been transformed into Finch & Fork, a gathering place for sharing plates of food crafted to pair well with wine, beer and cocktails.
7-1-13 | SantaBarbara.com and Santa Barbara Independent
On Sunday, July 28th, 1 – 4 p.m. Finch & Fork restaurant inside Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carrillo Street, hosts its first annual “Shuck ‘n Swallow” competition, sponsored by Santa Monica Seafood Company. The Restaurant Guy will be one of the judges. Participants include Finch & Fork,Arlington Tavern, Blush, Brewhouse, Enterprise Fish Company and Hungry Cat.
Sink into one of the plush deck chairs lining this sixth-floor sanctuary with big-sky vistas of the coast and Santa Ynez Mountains. The other gorgeous view: the wine list. It’s packed with the producers you more than likely came to visit, such as Margerum, Dragonette and Presqu’ile.
The Summer of the Cool Rooftops is nearly upon us! There is nothing like basking, sipping, supping, movin’ and groovin’ on a hotel rooftop when the weather turms balmy, the dreamy views call for relaxation and the vibe lends itself to an easy breezy state of mind.
One of the joys of living in a tourist town is the varied selection of hotels that offer happy hours and delicious dining. The quite lovely Canary Hotel, now under the Kimpton name, has recently revamped and transformed its restaurant space and menu into the delightful Finch & Fork.