The following are capsule reviews of some of the better restaurants recently visited by our critics:
The 24-page menu at Jack's Restaurant and Deli offers everything from Mexican and American to vegetarian food and deli. The beers alone come in 136 varieties. Try the sweet, tangy baby-back pork ribs or the Mexican dishes, which are particularly good. Jack's is in Westlake Plaza Shopping Center, Westlake Village; 495-8181. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-midnight; Friday 7 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Dinner for two, food only, $19-$52.
You can go to Santa Barbara's crown jewel, the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, for more than just the atmosphere or the Sunday brunch buffet. The kitchen is now among the best in town, turning out wonderful dishes from lobster sausages to a bittersweet chocolate souffle. Better at dinner than at lunch. Either the indoor La Marina or the sparkling outdoor Patio makes for romantic dining. The Four Seasons Biltmore is at 1260 Channel Drive, Santa Barbara; 969-2261. Serving in the Patio weekdays 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m., weekends 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Serving in La Marina weekdays 6-10 p.m., weekends 6-11 p.m. Lunch for two, food only, $30-$48. Dinner for two, food only, $50-$70.