Our architect brought in Main Street Development to work on our backyard, putting in hardscape and laying sod. They replaced a section of our concrete block wall which was broken and definitely not built to standards, with a sturdy, above-standards wall. They have skilled workers doing the electrical, plumbing, cement patio and walkway, tongue and grove wood fence/gate and landscape irrigation and sod. In my mind, what set them apart from other contractors is that all aspects of the job from start to the completion was carefully supervised. They kept us fully informed about what they were doing and when it would be done. And if something didn't work right, they corrected it right away without hesitation. For instance, in one area next to our house, the cement walkway was not graded to allow water to flow away from the house. They came right away and fixed the problem beautifully (one could not tell anything had been amiss).
You may pay a little more for such professional work, but it is definitely worth the cost. Main Street Development made sure the job was done right. I would not hesitate to recommend them highly.
Yama's Fish Market has a good assortment of poke (marinated raw fish) and hawaiian food (laulau, kalua, lomi salmon). They also have local style plate lunches. All of the food is very good. I especially like their laulau and poke.
It's a small place (easy to miss) on Young St, so keep your eyes open. The parking is rather limited, especially when there is a crowd. It's really a take-out place, so there is no seating.
Recommended when you're in the mood for Hawaiian food.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Best Western Carpinteria Inn. The room was clean and spacious. We ate breakfast at the restaurant and it was delicious. The pool, while not very large, was clean and at a very nice temperature. No one else was at the pool so we enjoyed ourselves for an hour. The staff was friendly.
A great place to stay in Carpinteria.
St Louis Drive In is a take out place (very limited seating) that offers plate lunches as well as burgers. Their plate lunches are good, but their burgers are better. The parking lot has very limited parking, and it's difficult to find street parking nearby if the parking lot is full; however, someone usually pulls out of the lot without too much of a wait.
I recommend getting a burger to go.
Grace's Inn has a good variety of plate lunches and they are all delicious. The plate lunches come with a small serving of kim chee if you like. I like the mix plate, which has meat, chicken, and fish to go with the rice and salad. You order at the counter and there is some seating if you want to dine in. It can get crowded at peak meal times, so go early.
Santa Maria Barbeque has pulled pork, tri-tip, and chicken in sandwiches, bowls, and plates. The sandwiches would be for light eaters and the bowls and plates for more hearty appetites. Lunch is ordered at the counter and the food brought to you, while there is staff to wait on you for dinner. The restaurant has a sports bar feel to it, since there are several large screen TVs, usually with sports programming.
The food is very good, although it took some time to get our food during dinner, but to be fair, we had a large group of 20 people.
Recommended when you're in the mood for barbeque.
I heard about Elena's Hair Salon after complimenting a friend on her hair cut. I had let my hair grow unruly and long, not wanting to spend money on a costly job with less than satisfactory results. Finally, I could delay no longer and took a chance on Elena's Hair Salon. There are several ladies that cut hair, but I happen to walk-in when Lee was there. I had seen a cut I liked from a movie and took a picture from the papers to show them. Lee took one look and gave me exactly what I wanted. I have since then received several compliments and have made several referrals. And, in fact, my 7 year old daughter insisted on getting her hair cut from Lee, too. She has also been receiving compliments.
My friend that gave me the referral in the first place, got her hair cut from Elena, and I've heard that most, if not all, the ladies do excellent work. They are also reasonably priced.
We had our house remodeled recently, and Twichell Studio were our architects. All aspects of the house remodel, down to the fixtures, were fully spec'd out by them. The design of the house fit our needs and exceeded our expectations. We have a modern design, but unlike some designs, the house fits the neighborhood and does not call attention to itself. From planning the design to overseeing all aspects of the constuction process working with our general contractor, they were professional, flexible, honest and trustworthy.
Twichell Studio also recently designed hardscape for our backyard and we couldn't be more pleased. Now we have a total package!
Korean Kitchen Hibachi BBQ is located in the Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo. It's a small restaurant, and it's tucked in a corner so you need to keep your eyes open to find it. The food here is very good and very tasty. I recommend the Kal-bi (beef ribs). The staff was helpful and the service very good. The restaurant can get crowded during peak meal hours. Parking is availabe in nearby lots or on the street.
The Diamond Head Market & Grill has gourmet plate lunches plus the more usual hamburgers. The Portabello mushrooms are very good. The plate lunches are pricey, but they are definitely worth it. We had to wait a while for the plate lunches, but I guess you can't rush gourmet food. Recommended when you want a "higher class" plate lunch.