In a shopping center anchored by KMart near UCSB, there is a small restaurant that serves grilled chicken, tri-tip, and beef ribs as well as other Mexican food standards like burritos, quesadillas, tacos, etc. Despite extremely informal setting (about 7 tables) and strip mall like location, it serves up the best grilled chicken in Santa Barbara. It is always tender and moist, even the breast meat. The other grilled meats are just as good so you really can't go wrong in making a meal selection.
Generally, when my wife and I go there we get the combination plate with chicken and tri-tip. This comes with sides of rice, beans, and freshly made pico de gallo (sort of a tomato relish). In the many times we have been there, we have never been disappointed so that speaks volumes about their consistency. In addition, the service there is extremely friendly and welcoming.
Because it is a small kitchen, sometimes you may have to wait a bit if there is a big line (like at lunch time). However, it's well worth the wait and it is a great value when you compare it with other grilled chicken/beef in the Santa Barbara area; my opinion is that it's 2-3 times better than the touted "Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch" at a lesser price.
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