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If I'd been a regular SBIFF attendee, with ample free time to wine and dine during the festival, I'd have certainly taken up the cool prix fixe offers that the Downtown Organization put together as the Film Feast.
But nooo, I'm juggling a press pass (it's actual work!) with a full time day job, so the reality is that I've been spending a lot of time on the go, rushing from Goleta to downtown before the SBIFF press office closes, rushing home (or to my pied-à-terre, aka Tracey's home) to watch a screener and discuss game plans over what to see next, and I've been shoving food in my maw very opportunistically.
The food needs to be yummy, and it needs to be (mostly) portable, and I don't have time to linger idly around a table, with full service. Oh yeah, and it needs to be affordable.
So, thank goodness that one of the prix fixe on the Film Feast roster totally fit my needs. And it's likely awesome for the young, up-and-coming (read: poor and busy and hungry) filmmakers also at the SBIFF.
'ALLO, it's the Codfather special from Mac's Fish and Chips! *round of polite applause*
The Codfather consists of a small bowl of clam chowder (runner-up winner for santabarbara.com's Best Chowder), sustainable Alaskan cod fish and chips, choice of 1 side (I got mushy peas), and a pint of lager or glass of wine.
Traditional fish and chips is meant to be portable, wrapped up in paper like a solid packet. Tuck it under your arm and make a rush through the crowds like a football player.
The chowder, which has a solid lid for takeaway, is rich, creamy and chock full of goodies.
The beverage, perhaps not so portable. Quaff this one on-site.
It's $19.50 for a large portion, or $17.50 for the regular portion, which is what's pictured here. It fed both Tracey and me, and maybe a piece fell into the mouth of her cat. I take no responsibility for that.
Oh, and did you know? Mac's was recently featured on the Food Network's "Drive-ins, Diners, and Dives." And for good reason. This is proper British nosh, with fat chips drizzled with malt vinegar. Mac's is no stranger to the big screen (tv) now.
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