Monday, January 10, 2011
Enterprise Fish Co. (Santa Barbara)
I've eaten at many restaurants in Santa Barbara over the years and I had nothing special in mind on this occasion, but I was quite hungry by this point and we were close by Enterprise Fish Co., near where the 101 crosses over State Street. I'd eaten at the Santa Monica location of Enterprise several times in years gone by, but only once at the Santa Barbara location - a Tuesday night dinner years ago where I ate the largest lobster I have ever had in California, for about 25 bucks. I remembered it as one of the more enjoyable evenings I have ever had in Santa Barbara. And I've had a lot. I suggested returning to Enterprise for lunch.
This was one of the most disappointing meals I have had in a long time. Of course, it's possible I am not being fair, that I am judging it not just in terms of the quality of the food, but against my previous meals at both Enterprise locations, in which case it never really had a chance.
On a night many years ago at the Santa Monica location - after two friends and I had picked up a fourth friend at the airport in a limo and gone out drinking - I had one of the more fun nights of my adult life. At my previous time in the Santa Barbara location, I'd had a great dinner on a cold winter night then walked back to a hotel room overlooking the bay two blocks away. This meal could not come close to those others, but maybe that had to do with more than just the food.
A couple months ago my friend Tracie was in Florence, Italy. Years earlier I had been there, too, and purchased my dad a beautiful, handmade leather wallet, something that smelled like brand new leather for years but has now mostly fallen apart. I surreptitiously took that old wallet out of my dad's drawer and photographed it from every angle, sending the pics to Tracie in the hopes that she could go to that leather factory and find a duplicate.
But they did not have anything similar to that, and the guy working at the shop said it had been years since they'd carried anything that nice. He told Tracie something in Italian that she says translated roughly as "Sometimes things are better left as a memory."
That is how I feel about Enterprise Fish Co.
Posted by JustinM at 10:05 AM