Santa Barbara, Tacos and Julia Child

Julia Child’s favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara, where she lived late in life, was La Super Rica Taqueria, a down and dirty taco joint. The reigning goddess of French cuisine openly shared her love of dining there in interviews with Bon Appetit, Good Morning America, which inspired an article in The New Yorker.


I just ate up this little tit bit of Santa Barbara lore, savoring the wack factor: a tall patrician New England-ish lady, who introduced us all to coq au vin, and escargots touting a no frills taco joint as her favorite Santa Barbara dining spot.

The irony was irresistibly delicious! So when my niece Julia asked to check it out I jumped at the opportunity. Like always a line of people snaked around the block. During the wait, I had to remind myself that it was the very line upon which Julia stood.

The central dish on the menu is a pair of soft corn tortillas that can be filled with maybe eight different kinds of meat and fish, plus salsas etc.  The restaurant’s menu has expanded to carry all kinds of other Mexican dishes as well.

Everything I tried was delicious and oh so fresh. The tortillas, like everything else are made by hand in front of you and are thin and fluffy.  The food was delicious and worth the wait!

Next time, you’re in Santa Barbara, see and taste for yourself. Please don’t forget to let me know what you think.

Cash Only!

622 N. Milpas Street,

Santa Barbara




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  • Lou Ann
    September 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    My favorite kind of food in the world – fresh tacos. I can’t wait to try La Super Rica Taqueria!

  • Jan
    September 6, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    As a Santa Barbara local, I second La Super Rica Taqueria for the best fresh tacos north of Mexico City! For those who want a broader selection of delicious fresh creative dishes from all parts of Mexico [some rarely seen north of the border], at very reasonable prices, and in a decidedly informal setting – walk one block or so up from La Super Rica to Los Agaves Restaurant 600 North Milpas Street, Santa Barbara. You will not be disappointed!

    September 7, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    DIDNot know JULIA Loved it TOO!!!!!!!
    Did you know HER house in PROVENNCE was recently FOR SALE?Still with her kitchen!!
    Hope the NEW owners doNOT rip it OUT!!!!!!!

  • Jennifer
    September 8, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    So happy to hear that you’ve been. Never knew her house in Provence sold. Lucky new owners. I’m still so sad about Ellie…

  • Jennifer
    September 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks Jan! Next time I’m in Santa Barbara I’ll have to try Los Agaves.

  • Jennifer
    September 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    We’ll have to go together!