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Carless and Carefree in the Funk Zone


Crispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenTyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenTyger Tyger chef Daniel Palaima; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenMonkeyshine; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenThe Funk Zone Farm; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenThe Funk Zone Urban Farm; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenEnjoy a cup of coffee in The Funk Zone Farm; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenHelena Ave Bakery pizza dough; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenHelena Avenue baked goods; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenMaking pretzels at Helena Avenue Bakery; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenPretzels at Helena Avenue Bakery; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenGreen Eggs and Ham and cashew butter toast with bananas from Helena Avenue Bakery; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenLemon blueberry scone at Helena Avenue Bakery; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenThe Funk Zone on foot; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenThe Goat Tree; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenChia seed custard for breakfast at The Goat Tree; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenTapas and a Costa Blanca at Loquita; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenCredit: Tapas and a Costa Blanca at LoquitaCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenThe Test Pilot; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenMetropulos Fine Foods; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenPali Wines; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenCorks n' Crowns; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenCorks n' Crowns sparkling wine flight; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenThe Lucky Penny; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenLucky Penny muffuletta; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenThe Blue Door; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenFried chicken skins at The Lark; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele StuevenAll aboard the Santa Barbara Train Station; Credit: Michele StuevenCrispy rice salad and spring rolls at Tyger Tyger; Credit: Michele Stueven

The Funk Zone is a roughly 12-block area between Highway 101 and the beach and within walking distance of the train station. What was once a dilapidated and neglected part of Santa Barbara has been reborn into an energetic collection of restaurants, distilleries, wine tasting rooms and shops.

Here’s a walking tour of the area that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, an urban wine trail and a tiki nightcap…

Read about the Funk Zone in this week's cover story.