A thread below spurred my curiousity on why the Hitching Post is so popular.
I'm not a big drinker-- perhaps that's part of the problem, as I simply don't get the overwhelming appeal of the food.
I've been to HPII 3 times (two times before the "Sideways" phenomenon). It's certainly cozy, nice ambiance, but both times I've found their steaks merely adequate, a little dry, with not enough red oak flavor to make me flip backwards. As a comparison, about a year ago I had the top sirloin at "The Far Western Tavern" in Guadalupe and found their steak to be *extremely* succulent, tender, smoky. Real Santa Maria style BBQ that dwarfed HP in both flavor and texture. Yet nobody makes a movie about the 2 horse town of Guadalupe...
I'm heading to Jocko's on Saturday to check out their rendition of Santa Maria Top Sirlion and will report back. But for future reference, where else would you recommend in the area?