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Jan 1, 2011 09:01 AM

Restaurant in Julian, CA?

Are there any good restaurants in Julian? Where is the best apple pie, what the town is famous for.

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  1. Yep, you bet. Jeremy's on The Hill -

    I had the pleasure of eating some of Jeremy's food at an event prior to the holidays and it was quite good. He's passionate about using local ingredients and is young enough to have the energy to pull it off.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      I went to Jeremys and was not pleased with the service nor the menu from the get-go. We bailed.

      Others may have had a much better experience.

      Julian is in need of a decent place to eat.

      1. re: Fake Name

        Wow, sorry to hear that. To be clear, I had Jeremy's food at a catered event, not the restaurant. What we had really was quite good. I chatted with Jeremy at the function and got a feel for his philosophy. I've run into a couple of people that have eaten in the restaurant and said it was pretty good. I wonder if we just got lucky or you were there on an off day. Probably just proves that "your milage may vary" on any given day?

        Service, as I know you know, is an issue everywhere in SD (except, of course Super Sergios where the service is always stellar), not just in Julian

        Super Sergio's
        4125 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

        1. re: DiningDiva

          And I'm but a small and dim star in the galaxy of restaurant criticism and could have had a rotten day.

          So who knows?

    2. Julian Pie Company has the best apple pie outside of Washington State! Moms is a close second.

      We have been probably 10 times and have yet to find a really good place to eat.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions. Gave Jeremy's a try, it was fair. The service was friendly but the kitchen slow. Julian Pie Company was closed for the holiday. Moms line was too long to wait for, can't imagine it is worth it judging from the rest of the food in Julian. Had the pie in Apple Alley Cafe and it was good, but the hot cider tasted like warmed up apple juice. Won't be going back to Julian anytime soon.

        1. Hi folks,

          I'm reviving this post for a slightly different purpose....there's so much food research I have to do that I just can't make it everywhere (especially up to Julian) to vet things on my own! Here's what I'm hoping to find out:

          -Anyone else have additional thoughts on Jeremy's? Sounds like it's kind of divided. I'm particularly interested in breakfast or lunch there.

          -Dudley's...I know it's not technically in Julian. Is is just the bread that's good, or are their pastries, sandwiches, etc. worth a trip?

          -Are any of the apple orchards in the area organic, special, supplying to local shops for pie? I tried researching this and couldn't find anyone explicitly saying "we get our apples from this orchard" (or vice versa, supply to this pie shop).

          Are there any other culinary hidden gems in/around Julian that would be worth a foodie's visit, either restaurant or producer/supplier?

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          1. re: foodie bride

            Help us out by explaining for what purpose you wish to "vet" these destinations? Is this a research project for some purpose other than enjoying restaurants yourself?

            1. re: Fake Name

              Ah yes, that probably sounded a little vague. A little of both - for enjoy myself, of course, but also because I'm often asked for my recommendations around the county. And there are still parts of the county I haven't done much dining in, like Julian. So it's great when I can say "even though I haven't been, I've heard good things about..."

            2. re: foodie bride

              My husband and I went to Dudley's a while back, and got several breads (a couple for us, a couple for friends). We got the Jalapeno Asiago round loaf to try. After we got home later in the day, we put the loaf on the kitchen table. We came home, and there was the bread, on the floor, but still in the bag. When I picked it up, I found that the bag had been torn open, and the loaf hollowed out from the bottom (leaving the dome untouched). The culprit was our then 12-year-old Dachshund-Beagle, Noodle. Apparently the bread was pretty good.

              1. re: beth1

                The Dog Did It!

                Funny and so true.

                You never know what will motivate/excite your four-legged family members.

                We subscribe to the, "Store the leftovers away in the fridge/pantry immediately" mantra, because we have Great Danes and they can snatch anything they want off the top of the refrigerator.

                1. re: Gypsy Jan

                  He's a career thief, too. He'll take anything. He's stolen raw AP flour (why?), a quart of cream out of the case (without disturbing the rest of the box. I found him on his blankie, having punched a hole in the carton with his tooth, and mashing on it like a juice box), 2 lbs of Valentine's chocolate (also off a table), a can of Hershey's cocoa powder (off the table). He even opens sealed wrappers.

              2. re: foodie bride

                Just got back from Julian.

                Jeremy's does not do breakfast (except Sunday brunch). I had a couple of dinners there that had some great items. Certainly worth a visit. I don't know the lunch menu, but if the bison burger is on it, that is excellent. Good wine list and craft beers and ales in bottles. We also ate at the Julian Grille, but Jeremy's is certainly on a higher level and tries more ambitious dishes. The salads and soups, in particular, were quite good.

                Dudley's breads seemed soft and American style, but good for that. Excellent sandwiches.

                On advice of locals, we got a pie from Apple Alley and it was wow!!!! great. I have no problems recommending pies from there. We got the crumb crust one, but the lattice top with pecans looked very tasty also.

                Shadowbrook Winery in Warner Springs is worth a visit and produces some distinctive wines.

                Julian Grille
                2224 Main St, Ramona, CA 92065

                1. re: Ed Dibble

                  For a more complete report on Jeremy's with photos:

                  I just wanted to add some more about the two meals we had at Jeremy's recently. This is off season, so service was fine and attentive. We sat outside since we had a dog with us, and while the ambience wasn't fantastic, it was OK. I know some object to the interior with painted cinderblock walls with heavy curtains, but decor is always secondary to me.

                  For the most part, we enjoyed both meals. Both salads we had used black truffle oil very effectively, and the baby greens were fresh. The soups were good too. While neither the gazpacho nor lobster bisque broke new culinary ground, both were well prepared and satisfying.

                  The bison burger (don't know if the buffalo is grass-fed) was moist and meaty and very satisfying. The side dish was fresh corn and farro (a type of whole grain wheat). Altogether a tasty and different entree.

                  The properly prepared lamb chops came with a cheesy polenta that was rich and creamy and some sort of bitter green that I just loved. I thought it made the whole dish.

                  The pork chop was genormous, and lightly pink inside. The garlic mashed potatoes had whole cloves of garlic in them. Another entree we both enjoyed.

                  I wanted to add a more detailed response and also thank the posters who originally called my attention to the place. It was way better than anything I expected to find in Julian. You should give it another try, Fakey.

                  Also I thought the wine list was well selected and appropriate and there were many craft beers by the bottle including stuff from Alesmith and Lost Abbey.

                    1. re: Ed Dibble

                      Great report and great pictures, Ed. That bison burger looks fantastic.

                      1. re: Ed Dibble

                        'I wanted to add a more detailed response and also thank the posters who originally called my attention to the place'

                        You're Welcome..

                        1. re: Ed Dibble

                          Hmm, went back in the beginning of October, which is prime-tourist season for Julian. Jeremy's was packed, and the dishes we got were hit and miss. The bison meatloaf was the best, being well-seasoned and moist, but the pork chop was dry.

                          Also had some issues with the service, who described the soup of the day as being cooked with tri-tip, but came out as all vegetable. When it came time to settle the bill, they had charged extra for the soup because it was a "special soup of the day", but wasn't indicated on the menu nor by the person who took our order...

                    2. Rumor has it escrow is closing on the BBQ place on Main Street and the new owners are Tom from O'Brien's pub and Vince from Pizza Port. Menu will be BBQ-centric with plans for a small brewery to start up on sight. Imagine one can expect a nice selection of guest taps as well...

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                      1. re: zmirzlina

                        Oh, that can't be good for the trip back down the mountain - designated driver required! :)