Thanks to all who posted restaurant recommendations for my previous question about where to eat in Julian. My wife and I drove up there for a day trip yesterday and overall were pleased (and stuffed)!
I was a bit surprised to see such long lines at places.. I would have thought if these crowds were normal then the places would have figured out better how to deal with them. For example, the line for Mom's pie shop had probably 40-50 people in it. Anyway, here's a brief summary of the places we hit:
Wynola Pizza Express
Stopped there for lunch on the way into Julian. It's a clean order-at-the-counter place that serves thin-crust wood fired pizzas. My wife got the Margharita pizza and I got the Pepperoni. I really liked it--thought it was right up there with the better places I've been to in San Diego.
Julian Pie Co
After eating the whole pepperoni pizza, I could only split a slice of Boysenberry Apple Crumb pie with cinnamon ice cream. The pie was excellent with flaky/crispy crust. The cinnamon ice cream was not as flavorful as I'm used to making at home, but overall still good. The hot chocolate was from a machine :( but with hand-made whipped cream ??
Witch Creek Winery
Yes I know Witch Creek is not really located in Julian, but we spent an hour tasting some good-to-very good wines for $10, including wine glasses. Especially liked the sweeter wines--their muscat, port, blackberry--and wound up with a half case to take home.
The Cider Mill
The sample of apple cider I had was excellent, but there was no way I was going to stand in a line of 20+ people to actually buy some.
Went there for an early dinner and thankfully avoided the crowd in doing so. I had the NE Clam Chowder and Jerusalem Chicken, both reasonably good. My wife had their potato-stilton soup and filet mignon stuffed with crab meat. I thought both were a bit strange (the crab in particular was too fishy for my tastes) but my wife like them both. Too full for dessert! Meal was a bit overpriced given the food quality, but not regrettably so.