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Dec 2, 2012 11:48 AM

Santa Maria BBQ for Sunday lunch?

I'll be driving back to the San Francisco area from LA next Sunday and intend to take the Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Paso Robles route. I should be in Santa Maria about noon. I'd really like to have some traditional Santa Maria barbecue, but if that's not possible then the best place for similar where the locals go. I've looked at postings here but they're either very old or not specific about Sunday lunch (how could they be :-)

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  1. Oak Pit BBQ in Arroyo Grande/Oceano would be my choice. It's VERY casual though, one step up from a shack.

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      1. re: HaroldandMaude

        Their website says they're open Sunday and closed Monday. The reality (as I found out today, Sunday) is the opposite.

        1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

          I apologize Malcolm! And what a silly day to be C L O S E D !

          1. re: HaroldandMaude

            Hey, it's not your fault they're closed on Sunday and their website says they're open.

      2. A local will need to confirm this, but are their not mobile carts set up in the Santa Maria city hall plaza area on Sunday's doing Tri-Tip BBQ as fund-raisers? I also believe Jocko's does try-tip in Nipomo, just off 101 - open on Sundays? Certainly a stop at Mo's in Pismo Beach can satisfy any BBQ hunger though you may find like we have that their Philthy Phil pork ribs are all that you want to explore because they are so consistently good.

        1. Old San Luis BBQ in SLO does excellent Santa Maria style tritip. It's a walk up to the window and order operation, but there are plenty of tables and benches outside to eat at. Their tritip reminds me of what one would get at the various Elks BBQ's when you run into them.