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Welcome to Lucky Penny - The Lark’s casual, all-day spot that’s a very solid lunch option when you’re too wine-drunk to walk anywhere else.

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So make sure to grab a late lunch at Lucky Penny for a low-key atmosphere that's equal parts pizzeria and coffeehouse. Sit on the patio if weather permits—which in Santa Barbara it always does!

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This order-the-counter spot is all about the pizza, but don’t miss the sandwiches either.


Lucky Penny’s wood-fired oven was custom built by hand in Sicily. The innovative Milpas pizza is topped with fingerling potatoes, Mexican chorizo, spicy tomatillo marinara, cotija cheese, cilantro, and a sunny-side up egg. My daughters gobbled up the less complicated LP Kids Pizza with mozzarella and marinara sauce.

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Lucky Penny in Santa Barbara. I wanted a dog-friendly, casual place with a salad for me and a pizza for Abe. But I also wanted the food to be worth the drive – and I’m happy to report it was.

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We dined there on a Milpas pizza, based on a breakfast burrito with fingerling potatoes, Mexican chorizo, sunny side up egg, spicy tomatillo marinara, cotija and cilantro.

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For wood fire pizza, head to Lucky Penny and enjoy the food and the cool decor (penny covered walls!).

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A collection of boutique food and beverage concepts can be found in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, with restaurants Loquita, The Lark and Lucky Penny among the local favourites.

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Lucky Penny stands on its own both physically and with their impressive menu. Try the Milpas Pizza, made with chorizo, fingerling potatoes, egg, cotija, cilantro and a spicy tomatillo marinara.