Last week, my husband and I spent a couple of days wining and dining in the wilds of Big Sur to celebrate our anniversary.
Our first dinner was here at Deetjen's Big Sur Inn's restaurant, a charming little place with great food that we love and have been coming back to for years. It's an historic Big Sur landmark farmhouse that was built and lived in by early Big Sur pioneers from Norway, now known as Grandpa Deetjen and his wife. Nestled in the redwood groves of Castro Canyon, maybe three miles south of Post Ranch Inn & Ventana, the farmhouse exudes rustic charm and comfort.
The fire crackled in the stone fireplace and candles in beautiful antique candelabras and sconces provided a romantic glow throughout the rooms. We had the large corner table at the back of the restarant, next to windows that overlooked the garden.
Our server brought us complimentary glasses of Gruet sparking, which was delicious and new to us. We split the large Green Goddess salad that was dressed with a good creamy herb dressing.
I chose the spiced tenderloin of pork w/ bing cherries and Port sauce, herb-flavored buttered orzo and a very fresh melange of green vegetables. Beautiful presentation and flavor!
My husband had the fillet of beef with truffle butter and Cabernet reduction, rich mashed potatoes and another fresh vegetable melange, which he said was all excellent.
To go with it, we ordered the Morgan Double L Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, which unfortunately, they had just run out of. Our next choice was the Galante Vineyards Carmel Valley Rose Red Hill Cabernet, a big, full-bodied, delicious wine.
Our shared dessert was a rich chocolate ganache cake, highlighed with a marbled "rainbow" of strawberry sauce, creme anglais and chocolate sauce on the side. Very nice ending to a satisfying meal.
I need to mention how wonderful our server was. Besides being there at the right moments, she also told us about the supposedly haunted "13th room" at the inn when we asked her, and when we had a question about a hotel in Carmel Valley that she couldn't answer, she actually called the hotel to get the answer for us! We were very impressed.
P.S. We liked our dinner so much, we returned the next morning for breakfast and had excellent Eggs Benedicts at a table next to the fireplace, which gave us a chance to better appreciate all the beautiful and unusual pieces of art in the restaurant. Note: We did not stay overnight at the inn, just too rustic for us, but ok for the more adventurous.
Reservations required, this place is small and fills up fast with locals and guests. Breakfast & dinner only.
P.P.S: For an all-out splurge, dinner at Sierra Mar is wonderful. (I posted a review a couple of days ago)Also try the Big Sur Bakery. Their croissants and quiche that we tried were terrific, but we heard that their lunches and especially the dinners were surprisingly good.
Another good choice for dinner in BS, the Big Sur Roadhouse, is owned by a couple of former Sierra Mar chefs, across the street from the Glen Oaks motel.