Restaurants & Bars

Santa Ynez Longhorn

Local | May 25, 200407:48 PM

We spent last weekend at Rancho Oso camping/riding with our equine buddies (2-and 4-legged). Had a great breakfast at the Longhorn Coffee Shop. We stumbled into this find while trying to avoid Solvang (and the tourist mecca aka Paula's Pancake House). It appears to have some magnetic control over F-150's, Dodges, Silverado's (and Sheriff's personnel). Our Hemi honed right in and refused to move from the parking lot. It's very much a "locals" spot with that laid-back, small town feel. Wicked fast-order cooks feverishly flipping at the grill, on view from the counter seats. At 7:30 a.m. on a Sunday, it was packed with hungry folk, but we were seated right away.

Basic breakfast menu, with lots of options, incl. omelets, pancakes, bacon, breakfast steak, etc. Eggs were freshly beaten, not laddled. Crispy hashbrowns, perfectly done, not sodden, not hashblacks. Fast on the coffee refills. When serving your order, the standard question is "would you like salsa?" (say yes!). Good stuff, very friendly, not to mention enough longhorns mounted overhead to hang a dozen hats.

3687 Sagunto Street, next to Trattoria Grappolo/Maverick Bar.

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