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Santa Maria BBQ - need recommendation

Lia Eng Feb 20, 2002 03:49 PM

Will be in the Santa Maria area next week and looking for a good restaurant for "Santa Maria BBQ". Been to Jocko's. Anyone have any other suggestions? Preferably not too pricy. Thanks!

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    Gayla RE: Lia Eng Feb 21, 2002 12:49 AM

    The Hitching Post does pretty good Santa Maria BBQ. I'm sorry I don't have an address for you. May be in Lompoc and not Santa Maria.

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      d bueche RE: Gayla Feb 25, 2002 12:40 PM

      Great recommendation - The "Hitchin'Post" is the best and is in Casmalia, about 15 minutes outside of Santa Maria towrds Vandenburg. Also good is the Far Western Tavern in Guadelupe, home of the bulls eye steak. Both far superior to Jocko's.

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        Ginger Wolf RE: d bueche Feb 25, 2002 02:47 PM

        The Far Westerner was my absolute favorite, although it did not exactly fit into the Santa Maria style BBQ. Great steaks from an old time ranching family, friendly Western theme. Now, on to the Santa Maria BBQ, the best is usually on Main street or Broadway, in the late morning to afternoon weekends, any parking lot, usually put on by Lions Club or some other faction. Always red oak smoked tri tip, sausages, or pork. Hood of the car kind of picnic.

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          kat RE: Ginger Wolf Mar 4, 2002 01:50 PM

          There's a second Hitching Post in Buellton on the main highway. Easier to get to and just as good.

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      Don Ward RE: Lia Eng Mar 18, 2002 09:53 AM

      There's only one name you need here. The Hitching Post in Buellton/Solvang has easily been the best for years. Frank Ostini and partner Grey Hartley also make some great vins under the same label. As far as pricing goes, real value in food and wine is what you receive, not what you pay. (imho)

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        Maddie RE: Lia Eng Apr 18, 2007 02:05 PM

        If you can't get my uncle Mike to cook for you, go the the Hitching Post.

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          RSMBob RE: Maddie Apr 20, 2007 07:07 PM

          I love it...a response to a 5-year old post!

          That being said...the big 3 rule...Jocko's, Far Western and Hitching Post. My mouth waters in anticpation for my trip up there this summer.

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            PolarBear RE: RSMBob Apr 20, 2007 10:21 PM

            Note that Jocko's only has the wood fired pit for the dinner menu.

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