Have you ever been in the middle of a road trip, realized you were starving, browsed Yelp, and just picked whatever had decent reviews and sounded good? In the world of social media, I’m sure some part of you usually factors in the overall aesthetic of the place, right? And I’d bet that when you pick a place without pictures, it ends up being an average, run of the mill joint, am I right?
Well, that has typically been the case for me at least, but it all changed on a recent trip home from Los Angeles. It was late in the day and we had originally thought we could make it the four hours north without stopping for dinner. The rest of the group was tired as we came into Santa Barbara and left the Yelp sleuthing up to me. I browsed the pages and found something that sounded interesting, “The Lucky Penny Pizza”. The reviews seemed okay and the location was easy to get to, but the page had no pictures.
We decided to give it a try.
Upon arrival, we were slightly concerned as we drove closer and closer to the beach and businesses seemed few and far between. Then out of the corner of my eye, I spotted it. A small building, not much larger than office cubicle (okay– that’s an exaggeration, but you get the gist) with an entire wall tiled in pennies. As we walked toward the garden patio, the scent of a wood fire permeated the ocean air. This place was about to be good, and we all knew it.