The Middle Child Opens

Release Date: September 6,2018

Downtown Santa Barbara welcomed a new restaurant this week, "The Middle Child."

Owned by Taylor Melonuk, the restaurant uses food from Santa Barbara's two farmers markets to craft fresh, weekly menus. Every week the staff "loads up the wagon" and puts on a seasonal menu.

The menu offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and seasonal plates, including white shrimp, mussels, turkey leg and fried chicken. 

Melonuk, the former executive sous chef at The Lark, said his restaurant will also source great local wines.

The name comes from the location — 18 E. Cota St., nestled between two farmers markets on State Street on Tuesdays and Cota Street on Saturday mornings. Melonuk himself is also the middle child in his family.

To play off the name, he's posted photos in the upstairs mezzanine of other famous middle children, inclding Tom Hanks, Madonna and Princess Diana.

The restaurant opened on Tuesday, and it's off to a good start. The food tastes great, he said.

"You don't have to work as hard when the product itself tastes this good," Melonuk said. 

Noozhawk staff writer Joshua Molina can be reached at

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