Last Saturday we visited my son at UCSB. He took us out for breakfast to the Cold Spring Tavern, on Stagecoach Rd., right of Hwy. 154. The restaurant consists of the old stagecoach station on San Marcos Pass, was build more than 125 years ago and is still in it's original form. It feels like right out of Haensel and Gretel
They serve lunch and dinner everyday, with dinner on the expensive side at about $ 25 - $ 30. Lunch is much more affordable, around $ 10 ( burgers and bbq tri tip sandwich are favorites ) as well as breakfast, which is served only on weekends. On a nice day, there's quite a big moto crowd here, but on this early Saturday morning, we were almost the only guests.
Atmosphere is very rustic, service good and the food is great. My wife had french toast with their homemade, molasses added bread and was very happy. As well as my son with his pork chop. I loved my venison sausage patties with fried potatoes and eggs and extremely good made biscuits and gravy.
I highly recommend this place at least for breakfast. Though my son says lunch is also great here.