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Oct 5, 2011 06:16 PM

Heading to Julian

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. 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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    1. re: Beach Chick

      Does your pommie get to the tops of the trees?

      1. re: cstr

        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', Jeremy's allows dogs on their patio...DH loves their Monte is really good but don't ask Fakey about it.. ; )

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

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      1. re: foodiechick

        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...

        1. re: zmirzlina

          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...

          1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

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

            1. re: foodiechick

              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...

              1. re: foodiechick


                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".)

                1. re: Fake Name

                  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?

                  1. re: foodiechick

                    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. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: steveprez

              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!

              1. re: mikerbowman

                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.

            2. 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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              1. re: tinnywatty

                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.