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Carlitos Cafe y Cantina Restaurant Review: Carlitos is the flagship restaurant of the Lopez family, their first establishment in Santa Barbara and still their busiest, due primarily to its location --- across the street from the historic Arlington Theatre. Mesquite-grilled specialties are popular, as are the margaritas. The menu is fairly uninspired, a safe collection of Americanized Mexican dishes such as nachos, grilled prawns with papaya salsa, vegetable tostadas and sizzling mahi mahi fajitas. Traditional items include hearty bowls of pozole and chile rellenos made with a pasilla pepper and served in a tomato broth. Service is spotty at best, but the chips and salsa flow freely on the house.