Food, Things to Do — By kwanberg on December 9, 2010 at 12:05 am
According to author Michael Pollen’s book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” This may be true, but when it comes to Santa Barbara’s beloved Burger Bus, Mr. Pollen might just make an exception. Parked in a different spot around town each day of the week, husband and wife duo Michael and Cheryl Gardner churn out local, 100 percent grass-fed, hormone-free burgers in their school bus-cum-mobile kitchen. Using ingredients found close to home—including C’est Cheese cheddar, ciabatta rolls from Our Daily Bread, and produce from farmers market and The Berry Man—the Gardners whip up made-to-order cheeseburgers, yam fries, fried pickle chips, and beer battered onion rings from Monday through Friday. For the perfect cold weather comfort food, pick up their specialty CB&J (pictured below), a 1/3-pound patty with cheese, grilled onions, and—you guessed it—seasonal Mama’s Preserve jelly on a toasted ciabatta roll. (If you crave a little spice in your life, ask for the sweet-meets-spicy jalapeno jelly.) Veggie inclined clientele will be happy to know that fresh falafels are also on the menu, served with cucumber slices and peanut dipping sauce. If you have a hankering for a hot off the grill (and guilt-free) lunch on the go, any local will tell you to get thee to the Burger Bus.