Sly's restaurant in Carpenteria, CA is performing a great public service to the cause of fighting global warming. Through Chef Sly's culinary prowess, the great cuisines of Europe are made available without the necessity of carbon-rich travel to the country of origin. Every month the chef creates a regional menu from the rich cuisines of western Europe. Regional French Cuisine, German, Italian, Spanish and the occasional New World cuisines issue from kitchen.
This month features the Basque cuisine. Basque cuisine refers to the cuisine of a Spanish northern area (País Vasco) and includes meats and fish grilled over hot coals, marmitako and lamb stews, cod, Tolosa bean dishes, paprikas from Lekeitio, pintxos (Basque tapas), Idiazabal sheep's cheese, txakoli sparkling wine, and Basque cider. A Basquaise is a type of dish prepared in the style of Basque cuisine that often includes tomatoes and sweet or hot red peppers.
Chef Sly is a martinet when it comes to culinary traditions so authenticity is the operative mode. I remember a rebuke I received in 1977 when I was his sous chef at La Serre in Studio City, CA. We had made a traditional Paris Brest dessert and I desecrated the classic by putting strawberries in the middle.
Oh yes, did I mention that the prix fixe menu is a great bargain as well?
Great food, great cocktails, and great times at the last great little beach town on the Central Coast.
Corner of Linden Avenue and Seventh Street
Carpinteria • Reservations: 805-684-6666
Valet Parking from 5:30 pm, Seven Days a Week