Barrons.com – Great Escapes: The Dynamic, Californian Idyll of Santa Barbara
Sticking with Asian, there is Tyger Tyger, an open-air Thai-inspired lunch spot with a coffee roastery attached and bright cartoonish decor. Order the fried yuba sandwich, a fat mess of delicious crunchy tofu, with their homemade pandan soda and an ube pudding for dessert.
LA Eater – The 13 Essential Santa Barbara Restaurants
After honing his culinary chops in Chicago at Grant Achatz’s Next and Stephanie Izard’s Duck, Duck, Goat, local talent Daniel Palaima is leading the charge at Tyger Tyger. The all-day casual eatery serves up flavors inspired by southeast Asian street food like Thai curry noodles and Vietnamese sizzling crepes.
Le Monde – The New Aura of Santa Barbara
At 121 East Yanonali, in an unnamed building lighted by cute pink lanterns, are gathered, in a food court pocket, a Vietnamese restaurant (Tyger Tyger), an ice cream shop (Monkeyshine) and a coffee producer (Dart).
Forbes – A Relaxing Weekend in Santa Barbara
The trendy Funk Zone has new diverse dining, including The Lark for quintessential Californian food, Loquita for Spanish tapas and Tyger Tyger for Southeast Asian street food.
Palm Springs Life – 8 Weekend Destinations
Fast-casual Vietnamese and Thai fusion fare at the new Tyger Tyger in the Funk Zone, the hood that’s also home to some of the city’s top tasting rooms.
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Dine without the kids at The Lark, Lucky Penny, or Tyger Tyger, all within easy walking distance or with the kids along the wharf.
Forbes – Your Wine-Tasting Guide To Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone
Among the newest Funk Zone eateries, Tyger Tyger is a delightfully delicious stop for the whole family. It’s a modern Vietnamese and Thai street-food concept (look up to see fun pink Chinese lanterns overhead) with a coffee shop and soft-serve counter.
LA Weekly – A Taste of the Funk Zone
Palaima’s menu is addictive and itself worth the trip to Santa Barbara. The crispy rice salad is divine, made with seared albacore, avocado, red onion, peanuts, coconut, cabbage, lime and cilantro; it pairs perfectly with one of the local IPAs. Equally delightful and filling is the Northern Thai curried pork khao soi, a slurpable bowl of egg noodles, fermented mustard greens, red onion, pea-nuts and a hint of spice from house-made chili oil.
LA Weekly – Masters of Taste
Chef Michael Hung from Faith and Flower was this year’s first-time Masters of Taste Host Chef in a food and drink paradise that included pork jerky with spiced honey and jaew sauce from Santa Barbara’s hottest new spot, Tyger Tyger.
Los Angeles Magazine – Northern Exposure: Start Planning that Road Trip, Young Chefs are Reshaping Dining on the Central Coast
Located in Santa Barbara’s burgeoning Funk Zone, this Southeast Asian restaurant serves crispy rice salad dotted with grilled albacore and lotus-root summer rolls with apricot chutney.
Food & Wine – Santa Barbara-born chef Daniel Palaima has opened Tyger Tyger
Over in the Funk Zone, a district known for its boutique wine-tasting rooms and eclectic shops, Santa Barbara-born chef Daniel Palaima has opened Tyger Tyger,this link opens in a new tab a casual spot in a cozy Acme Hospitalitythis link opens in a new tab complex that serves fierce and funky dishes inspired by Southeast Asia and beyond. Tyger Tyger’s pork khao soi is a deeply satisfying curry soup with egg noodles, fermented mustard greens, and a generous amount of chile oil.
Santa Barbara Independent – Chomping Southeast Asian Street Food at Tyger Tyger: Chef Daniel Palaima Comes Home to Lead Latest Eatery by Acme Hospitality
What’s the next move when you’ve created a string of successful restaurants, all in a two-block radius, from Californian, Italian, and Iberian in flavor to full-service, wine bar, bottle shop, and bakery in style? Walk-up Southeast Asian street food served in a colorfully casual cafeteria setting, alongside a gourmet ice creamery and small-batch coffee roaster, of course.
New York Times – 52 Places to Go in 2019: Santa Barbara
Long known for drawing movie stars and millionaires to its resorts, Santa Barbara has now become a foodie magnet. At Tyger Tyger, Daniel Palaima, a veteran of the kitchens of the Chicago-based chef Grant Achatz, serves Southeast Asian fare beneath rose-colored lanterns. (To finish off the night, try the Szechuan pepper soft serve ice-cream at Monkeyshine.)
Santa Barbara News-Press – Raise the Pink Lantern: Tyger Tyger brings original take on
Vietnamese/Thai Street Food to Funk Zone
You absolutely can’t miss the latest eatery that’s hit the Funk Zone and caused lines to form out the door every evening. Inside and out, Tyger Tyger, at Yanonali Street and Gray Avenue, glows pink from rows of happy pink paper lanterns. Three businesses in one, Tyger Tyger contains a soft-serve ice cream parlor, a coffee house, and at the center of its bustling trade, a street food restaurant whipping up larb, noodle salads, curried noodles and chicken wings to die for.
805 Living – The Cat’s Out of the Bag: Tyger Tyger Brings Fast-Fine Asian-Fusion to Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone
Asian-style street food has landed in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, and this casual, fast-fine option for lunch to late-night snacks is long overdue. The highly anticipated Tyger Tyger (tygertygersb.com), named after a refrain in a classic William Blake poem, is the latest enterprise from Acme Hospitality, the team that has consistently upped the ante in the Santa Barbara dining scene since its 2013 opening of The Lark.
Eat Like A Tyger
There’s nothing quite like it elsewhere in Santa Barbara, that’s for sure.
That’s what I soon find out when I meet my friend for lunch at Tyger Tyger, a brand new “fast-fine” dining concept in the Funk Zone focused on Thai-Vietnamese influenced cuisine. It’s one of three offerings in a new marketplace that occupies a former fishing net warehouse on Yanonali Street.
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