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October 06, 2012|By Noelle Carter
  • Fig and prosciutto flatbread from Full of Life Flatbread.
Fig and prosciutto flatbread from Full of Life Flatbread. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los…)

This week, Food & Nightlife writer Jessica Gelt profiles Full of Life Flatbread and its owner and chef, Clark Staub. An excerpt:

Can a restaurant be too busy? In the case of Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos, Calif., the answer is maybe. That's because on weekend nights the place can pull in hundreds of people from all over the state and the world who are happy to wait in line for as long as two hours to get a taste of the restaurant's hyper-local, organic fare.

Nestled in an idyllic sweet spot in the middle of Santa Barbara wine country, just off Highway 101 between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo, Full of Life is at the vortex of a well-traveled food-and-wine pilgrimage route. It was opened in 2003 by a former music business executive, Clark Staub, and serves dinner only from Thursday through Sunday. Its magnetic draw comes both from its simple, healthful fare (which is almost entirely sourced from farms within a 60-mile radius) and through word of mouth.

Some of L.A.'s A-list chefs, including Joachim Splichal, Neal Fraser and Octavio Becerra, are avowed fans of the place.

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