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Heading to Julian

DipCone Oct 5, 2011 06:16 PM

We're thinking of taking the kids out to Julian for apple picking, but have never been there. Any tips/suggestions on the right orchards to try, and of course, good eats while we're there for the day? Would love to hear your tips!

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  1. Beach Chick RE: DipCone Oct 5, 2011 07:09 PM

    If it stays cool, I'll be doing the same thing and Jeremy's on the Hill in Wynola/Julian is great for lunch..
    Raven Hill Orchard in Julian for the apple picking.


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      cstr RE: Beach Chick Oct 6, 2011 07:10 AM

      Does your pommie get to the tops of the trees?

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        Beach Chick RE: cstr Oct 6, 2011 08:05 AM

        Yes, my dog, Kona, the Pom, will be going and running the show and probably ordering the apples off the trees and into the bag.
        They allow dogs and think it will be a great 'family' outing...plus, Jeremy's allows dogs on their patio...DH loves their Monte Cristo...food is really good but don't ask Fakey about it.. ; )

    2. foodiechick RE: DipCone Oct 6, 2011 12:03 PM

      Anyone know the name of the new BBQ/craft beer joint that opened recently? Getting some pretty good buzz.

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        zmirzlina RE: foodiechick Oct 6, 2011 12:11 PM

        Bailey's BBQ - run by Tom of O'Briens and Vince from Pizza Port. I can comment on the beer - excellent tap list. Sadly, I didn't try the food...

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          FireFlyFiftyFive RE: zmirzlina Oct 6, 2011 04:19 PM

          Is the BBQ place the same place that's been getting horrible reviews for years and years? Or has it changed hands? I just checked, Yalp has an avoid at all costs 2 star warning for food at least.

          I've been on the CH long enough to remember when Chino Wayne ran screaming from the place:


          Okay, it wasn't that bad...

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            foodiechick RE: FireFlyFiftyFive Oct 6, 2011 10:21 PM

            NEW owners that zmirzlina stated. Can't remember where, but I have seen some credible, positive first reviews.

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              zmirzlina RE: foodiechick Oct 7, 2011 10:31 AM

              Yeah, new owners. I think they took it over a month or so ago, installed a smoker, etc... I've also heard good reviews but never having had real BBQ, not sure what to base it against when I do return to eat...

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                Fake Name RE: foodiechick Oct 9, 2011 03:41 PM


                Only thing, in my opinion, worse than bad service is no service at all.

                Waited 20 minutes after seating today for any sort of service- water, drink order, anything. Fer nonspecifichigherpower's sake, send me an iPad- but nothing.

                We bailed out, and I suspect it was a good call.

                Pathetic place.

                (do you think maybe they recognized me? "uh-oh- there's that FakeName person- play dead, maybe he'll go away".)

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                  foodiechick RE: Fake Name Oct 9, 2011 06:22 PM

                  Well...blech. That just ruined an anticipated weekend drive with the Buckster. Although it is entirely true that they could have recognized you, you are a pretty high profile kind of guy. I think I have spotted some photos of you on the intertubes recently...dressed in a funny outfit and standing by some big rocks?

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                    Fake Name RE: foodiechick Oct 9, 2011 07:33 PM

                    Big rocks = The Grand Canyon, one ot he Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

                    Funny outfit = Custom Motoport Kevlar mesh riding suit with Quad-Armor protection.

                    Oh, the unwashed.....

        2. nstrada RE: DipCone Oct 6, 2011 03:47 PM

          I've always liked Romano's for italian - it's a family style restaurant but it's pretty good. For apple pie the best in town is the Julian Apple Pie co. Delicious pies, and I prefer them to Mom's. Steer clear of the Rong Branch that place is a dive. I've heard Calico ranch is pretty good for apple picking.

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            steveprez RE: DipCone Oct 6, 2011 04:08 PM

            You can stop at the Julian Hard Cider company for some tasting and pick up a few bottles to bring home. It's in the Wynola Farms building. There are other things to occupy the kids while you have a taste.


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              mikerbowman RE: steveprez Oct 7, 2011 09:41 AM

              I was going to suggest Julian's Hard Cider as well! Such delicious apple cider. I like that it's a lot crisper, tart-er, and less syrup-y than those ciders you typically find at liquor stores. It's like the "champagne" of ciders! They're starting to distribute nationally too, so I'm happy to see they are growing more successful. For apple pies, I really like Mom's, but there seems to be about a 50/50 split between people who swear by Mom's and people who swear by Julian Apple Pie Co! I think as long as you go to one of those, you will be very satisfied!

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                steveprez RE: mikerbowman Oct 9, 2011 09:21 AM

                Funny but the first time I'd tasted Julian Hard Cider I thought of "champagne" as well. I've had the New England ciders and drank a lot of cider in the UK and I found JHC to be drier and crisper with a nice tartness. The only downside of JHC is that it's so refreshing I find I can finish a 22 oz bottle in no time. And a 6.9% ABV, that potentially dangerous.

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              tinnywatty RE: DipCone Oct 7, 2011 10:49 AM

              Definitely get pies from the Julian Pie Company... they are fantastic. We usually stop at King Leo Confections on the way there for a treat (I love the maple and regular fudges), although I can't remember how close they are to Julian. My grandfather is a regular at the Julian Grille, which has friendly service and pretty decent food, definitely a family-friendly place.

              Julian Grille
              2224 Main St, Ramona, CA 92065

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                RB Hound RE: tinnywatty Oct 7, 2011 11:08 AM

                I may be an oddball, but I prefer stopping at the Julian Pie factory store in Santa Ysabel to get my pies, as Dudley's is next door and I figure it we are already getting too many carbs, we might as well go into overload.

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                escondido123 RE: DipCone Oct 7, 2011 09:26 PM

                I would say going to Julian is all about the various kinds of apple pie. Get it with ice cream and I think you will have the best meal in town.

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                  DipCone RE: escondido123 Oct 8, 2011 11:57 AM

                  Thanks all. Any other orchard suggestions besides Raven?? (It sounds good, but just curious if there are other choices as well!)

                2. Beach Chick RE: DipCone Nov 5, 2011 08:17 AM

                  Tons of snow in Julian...great day for pie eating, apple picking!

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                    oerdin RE: DipCone Nov 5, 2011 09:01 AM

                    Don't forget to buy some Julian hard cider for the adults, the kids would likely have fun panning for gold at one of the old gold mines (you pay a small fee and they give you a gold pan), and then pick up an apple pie. I like to stop off at Dudley's bakery in Santa Isabella as well.

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