Since opening on a Funk Zone corner several years ago, Metropulos has become Santa Barbara’s mecca for fine and rare foods, especially from Europe, and wines to go with them. Proprietors Ann and Craig Addis have a great collection of artisan cheeses from Spain, Holland, England, Ireland, Italy and beyond, complemented by French and Spanish charcuterie, including chorizos and hard-to-find jamon Iberico, Spain’s exquisite prosciutto. There are exotic olives and spicy/sweet red peppers, the finest capers and sardines, chocolate bars and fresh-baked bread. One can also go happily wild on such prepared foods as homemade gazpacho, herb-roasted chicken or any of the many creative salads. The topper may be Ann’s key lime pie, which a lot of people say is the best they’ve ever had.
METROPULOS, 216 E. Yanonali Street, 805.899.2300, www.metrofinefoods.com