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Looking for Rec: Solvang Smorgaasbord (Dont' Hit Me!!!!)

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Hi Guys. My sister and I are planning a trip up the coast, and we've already gotten some great reviews for Santa Barbara and Carmel. But - we plan to stop for at least a day in Solvang, and we've stayed, eaten and shopped in Solvang years before. I have fond memories of the smorgaasbords there (maybe 15-20 years ago), and, I know, most of those restaurants are gone. But I would like to know if there is at least one last outpost, of bygone days, that serves at least a passable smorgaasbord --

Thanks, guys.

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  1. You will find Solvang much the same as your last visit- though there may be a few more tshirt shops, the place remains the same visually.

    The RED VIKING still has their wonderful cabbage, sausage, finger sandwich love train running. Every Wed my daughter and I trek into town to visit the Solvang Farmer Market- and pass by there (the Red Viking) on our way to our post FM pretzel from the Old Danish Mill Foods shop- the corner fudge shop is what most folks call it!

    The Governator was here a week ago, and he enjoyed lunch at The Little Mermaid. Pea SOup Andersons still has great food- some folks like to knock it- but I dare you to find a better Cobb Salad, a better bowl of Spaghetti and a thicker, more chocolatey milk shake!!

    Have a safe trip- we are so green here in the Santa Ynez Valley- its just beautiful!

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    1. re: JalamaMama

      Jalama, thank you so much for your reply. I will consider the recs you gave. And -
      - Do you know what's happened with the old Danish Inn Restaurant? I know it closed down a few years ago - that's one of the places I USED to get Smorgaasbord --

      1. re: aurora50

        The Danish Inn still sits empty- ready to be rented. The windmill on it south side was recently refurbished. It simply went out of business.

        There is another smorgie- the name escapes me- it is on Alisal drive and the alley- right next to Hansons Clock Shop- it is the sister shop to the Vin Hus....darn it- they have what you are looking for, as well as a fantastic caesar salad. Copper table tops and very good coffee. There are alot of wooden signs depicting danish life on the restaurant front.

        1. re: JalamaMama

          Oh, yes Jalama! I would love to know the name of that one, we won't be going for at least another month, so if you happen to come across the name before then, please don't hesitate to post!

            1. re: aurora50

              thats it. very good food as well- my daughter and I went for a celebration not too long ago...we live here- and love the Vin Hus in particular. so fun to buy tea, coffee, cheese and good crackers. lots of split bottlesof wine & gourmet food items.

              Glad to be of help!

          1. re: JalamaMama

            The Danish Inn was bought by the Chumash Tribe and they have been said to be renovating and returning it to a top local place to dine. They also own Root 246, I understand.

            1. re: Bruce in SLO

              Oh, interesting!
              I'll be on the watch for more developments, and perhaps nose around when I'm there.
              Thanks for the update, Bruce. : )

              1. re: Bruce in SLO

                Where did you hear/read this? I have seen no activity there....my husband is in construction- as he would have heard for sure- something like this would never been on the DL for too long. If it's true- I say AWESOME!

                I have heard that Bradley Ogden is going to revamp the Willows at the Chumash Casino. Yes- they purchased the hotel in Solvang and revamped it into Hotel Corque- it is beautiful! $1.00 oyster nights are Tuesday!