Those sitting at the booths and tables next to you at Cody’s Café located on 4898 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93111-2843, might be elderly couples or a group of equally elderly friends having lunch after going to church, but do not let that deter you. They have been in the area for long enough to know what places are good or not. With Cody’s Café, you can trust their taste. The other younger diners are evidence.
The location might not be entirely flattering either. I find it a classic for Santa Barbara, but it certainly does not look like it or is located in a tourist-filled area close to the ocean. It is in the same lot as Craft Essentials, Vons, and CVS Pharmacy. But sometimes in order to find the most-loved you have to leave the most-seen.
The restaurant owners named the restaurant after a loved dog, Cody. With a family-friendly story behind the name comes a family-friendly environment. It somehow resembles a Denny’s or an IHOP, but Cody’s is much cuter and cozier. It embodies the taste of the laid-back, slow-paced, dog-days, ride-with-the-waves atmosphere (minus the surfing and beach décor) so characteristic of Santa Barbara.
Many of the choices in the cuisines have a southern twist, but whatever you get, whether the classic comfort foods, or the traditional styles, or southern takes, you get a taste of the Santa Barbara culture and lifestyle. The atmosphere adds and completes the experience. The southern alterations, although are modifications of classic recipes, are reflections of the Santa Barbara culture as the city is best known for its Mission Santa Barbara. The Spanish touch has not at all left.
Personally, I especially like breakfast, but do not let my opinion discourage you from lunch or dinner. I just have a heart (and stomach) for cinnamon rolls, and all things breakfast, all which I highly recommend. The dinner menu, with something that tastes home-cooked and made with love is a nice way to end a long day. Everything comes in generous portions for a very reasonable price ($10+). You can not possibly go wrong.
Often times, when my friends and are at a complete loss for ideas of what to do for a meal, we go to Cody’s. It’s like our default. If all else fails, we just do Cody’s. We have never been disappointed. Picky eaters will easily find something to their taste as will your dare devils so that everyone wins.
If Cody could trot around and taste test himself, I am sure he would be proud.