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The Brewhouse Restaurant Review: Regional artwork adorns the walls of The Brewhouse, a popular gathering place for dyed-in-the-wool locals. It’s a lively hub of Santa Barbara energy, where families, oftentimes three generations at a table, mix with beer-swilling fishermen and surfers. The oversize menu boasts a somewhat bizarre medley of international comfort food --- from beef stroganoff made with filet mignon, wild mushrooms and caramelized onions to enchiladas and shepherd’s pie. The food is surprisingly good, but the scene can be raucous, particularly later in the evening when live music clashes violently with the room’s acoustics. Menu highlights include local halibut crusted with macadamia nuts and served with a three-citrus cream sauce, and a bacon-wrapped filet mignon plated atop Gorgonzola sauce. Ten varieties of beer are handcrafted on-site, each worth a try. But save room for the peanut butter cream pie with chocolate sauce --- one of the best desserts you’ll find in Santa Barbara.