Isla Vista - often affectionately abbreviated to IV - is a unique microcosm of it's own. Not really a part of Santa Barbara (although it's only 10-15 minutes away) and certainly not claimed by neighboring Goleta, this area is where all the college kids hang out.
And you know what that means, right?
Right. Good, cheap food. And lots of it. And very little that is nutritionist or dietician approved, so let's not worry about that.
This list of the 10 best Isla Vista restaurants will help you find almost everything that's good to eat in the area, from bagels to burritos. You might start your day with a breakfast burrito from El Sitio, enjoy a pitcher of beer and a sammie at Sam's to Go for lunch and end your night with a giant plate of Freebirds' nachos.
Or, if we're really considering all the options, you might do exactly that, but backwards. That's the joy of a college town. Long hours, flexible schedules, big appetites. Are you in? We are.
So get ready to go through this list and have an indulgently good time. Should you wind up feeling totally guilty, we've included two healthy options. Silvergreens and Blenders in the Grass will cure what ails you (and your liver). Because we care. We really do.