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Highlighting Local Businesses and Hometown Gems

In the past two years, small businesses have taken a huge hit. Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic has put strain on local businesses and their financials. We have seen major staff downsizing, and even closures. As we all get back on our feet, we should try to support one another! Supporting small businesses does not only help grow the local economy, but it also helps everyday people provide for their families. Below you can find a list of business in/around the Isla Vista and Goleta area that you can support:

Saigon Noodle House

Address: 6831 Hollister Ave L, Goleta, CA 93117 Website:

Saigon Noodle house is a Vietnamese restaurant known for their pho and noodles! Their food is guaranteed to warm you right up and put you in a good mood. If you visit, besure to try their spring rolls and fried rice!

Cody’s Cafe

Address: 4898 Hollister Ave, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

This restaurant has, hands down, the best breakfast in the area! Their location and food give the impression of a cozy sit-down meal at home. Their staff is friendly and accommodating to those who speak English and Spanish!

Naan Stop

Address: 966 Embarcadero del Mar, Isla Vista, CA 93117 Website:

A local Isla Vista restaurant that you can smell from just walking past. If the heavenly smell wasn't enough, their food is always good! Their chicken falls apart so easily once you start eating. The quality and attention to detail is unmatched!

Meun Fan Thai Cafe

Address: 5664 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117

Meun Fan Thai’s atmosphere is warm and welcoming. If you like quiet get togethers with friends this place is definitely for you. All the food is amazing with vegan and vegetarian options available!

Cristino’s Bakery

Address: 170 Aero Camino, Goleta, CA 93117 Website:

Cristino’s is run by maybe the nicest people in all of Goleta. Despite being a bakery (specializing in Mexican pan dulce), they also have an assortment of Mexican dishes as well! Their menu includes breakfast and lunch, highlighting their delicious tortas and tacos!

Crushcakes and Cafe

Address: 5392 Hollister Ave, Goleta, CA 93111

One of the cutest family-owned cafes is only a short drive from Isla Vista. They have plenty of homemade gluten free and vegan options for baked goods, breakfast, and lunch. A good place to get brunch with friends or even study with cozy indoor and outdoor patio seating.

Our area is home to many hidden gems, and we still haven’t visited them all yet! We hope you give these places a try and continue to support them. By simply buying food you can help small businesses thrive and continue feeding our community with their diverse palates!

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