Driving back from LA to San Francisco, I decided to take a few detours. Just after Highway 101 turns north towards Buellton I left on Highway 1 toward Lompoc and other regions heretofore unexplored. Driving through Guadalupe I saw nothing but Mexican restaurants. No steak places, no fast food chains. I think this place would provide ample hunting for the perfect posole or the best burria. But it wasnt lunch time yet and I motored on.
Finally, as I was approaching Pismo Beach I was getting hungry and running out of likely places for discovery. As I pull away from a four-way stop sign at the corner of Halcyon Road and Highway One in Arroyo Grande, I saw a place with some character and spunk. The Rusty Pig Café, Bakery and Deli was a small building with an attached covered patio and a big open BBQ grill out front covered with a corrugated tin roof. How could I lose? They were selling food and I was hungry.
I settled for a Rusty Pig BBQ Pork Sandwich. It had thick slices of smoky and tender pork smothered in a spicy BBQ sauce and served on a generous egg roll accompanied by crisp French fries. These two simple items made up for both the late lunch and the skipped breakfast, and it was worth every penny of the $7 it cost. The staff was friendly and helpful and seemed to be related to one-another. I dont think this is a chain! But it is a find.