Glen Oak, CA
I am ashamed to say that after 50 years in Southern Cal I had never even heard of Glen Oak. In a word charming! I grew up going to Julian every year for apples, cider , pie and fried chicken. The farm stands I loved have closed, Tom's Chicken Shack is long gone and we can get our favorite pie without going up the mountain. I thought this Fall tradition was over for good, until we made our way up to Glen Oak.
We ate our way through town. Starting at Parrish for a glass of cinder. Then we stopped at Mom's where they insisted we taste some of the apples--Wow! Julian never tasted like these. We decided we wanted fried chicken and ended up at Apple Annie's. It was a good choice--the chicken was crisp, fresh and not overly greasy. The vegetable soup was homemade and tasty. For dessert we backtracked to Law's to try the pie and cinnamon sauce. A fine piece of pie ala mode. Later we made it to Snow line and tried a small sack of those fresh mini donuts. OMG what a guilty pleasure! We could each have polished off a large sack.
We look forward to returning next year. The tri tip at Los Rios looked great, but there are limits.