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You don't need a lot of dough to tour Santa Barbara

January 9, 2011 |  6:00 am

Bargains in $anta Barbara? Yep.

It is possible to pay bargain rates in Santa Barbara for hotels and restaurants, as well as enjoy some activities for free or little money. Check out our recommendations, including Santa Barbara restaurants for $10 or less, including Mac's Fish & Chips, above.

British chef Grant MacNaughton, the owner, thought Santa Barbara needed "proper fish & chips." So he cooks up large crusty pieces of Alaskan cod with thin and crispy batter instead of what he characterizes as "the Americanized version" with thin strips of fish and heavy batter.

We love his version and his "mushy peas," another savory British fave ($1.50) that he serves as a side. The tab starts at $5.50.