Fast Foods: Best Takeout Spots in Santa Barbara

Sometimes you don't want the restaurant experience. Loud kids (yours or someone else's), bustling crowds, harried servers... who needs 'em? On nights when you just want to enjoy a tasty meal - without cooking it yourself - takeout is the answer to all of your problems. If you're looking for the best takeout spots in Santa Barbara, this is the list for you. No fast food chains included.

These restaurants serve classic takeout foods - like giant, cheesy pies at Nicky D's Wood Fired Pizza - as well as not so classic foods. Looking for a scrumptious crab melt or some porkducken? Visit the Blue Owl, serving up some of the tastiest Asian American fusion dishes ever created.

Two of the stars of this list, the Burger Bus and Georgia's Smokehouse, are actually food trucks. With no permanent location, they're always on the go - just like you! Track them down by visiting any of their social media pages. It may seem like a little extra work, but we promise it's worth it. When you get your first mouthful of that juicy burger or sweet and savory pulled pork sandwich, you'll want to thank us. But it's not polite to talk with your mouthful, so just keep eating.

Barbecue, pizza, burgers and more, all these and more can be yours in a flash. So who's hungry?



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Meet Geneva Ives

Geneva Ives moved to Santa Barbara in 2000 on a whim (ok, and to go to college) and never looked back. She loves Santa Barbara because it’s really one of America’s greatest small towns - it...  More About Geneva