The fetching Mrs Grub & the ol’ Grubber himself just returned from a lovely getaway in Solvang (Yep, you read right, Solvang.) After years of periodic visits to the vineyards & serenity, we this time discovered that you can actually find Chow-worthy restos beyond the requisite wood-grilled beef-gorging at the Hitching Post II.
The Mirabelle Restaurant would be outstanding anywhere. In Solvang, it is soaring. Chef Norbert Schulz painstakingly presents delicious but not overwrought French dishes, some w German notes. Menu changes regularly depending on best ingredients available. NB: open Th – Sat only. Lovely room, blessed quiet, & attentive, non-intrusive service. Not to be missed. & if you stay there, you get an amazing included full breakfast.
Outstanding choice #3 is Bradley Ogden’s Root 246. Big, modern, yet friendly & laid back, the food is consistently & carefully prepared, with nothing but the freshest of ingredients. Inexpensive for Vegas, but dear for Solvang, Root 246 will not disappoint. BO’s signature bleu cheese soufflé, for instance, is the stuff of dreams. BO lives nearby in Buellton & when he is in the kitchen, he welcomes a cook’s table.
All three of the above offer splendid wine lists, featuring, of course, local wines. HP’s own label is damn good & Mirabelle & Root 246’s lists reveal great care in their selections.
Passing note or 2: DON’T be drawn into the Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern unless is simply for an off-hours drink in the rustic setting. The food is solidly average & overpriced & the service is absolutely atrocious. DO stop for breakfast at Paula’s. When in Solvang a fix of Scandinavian pancakes or abelskivver is mandatory & Paula’s does it best.
Hitching Post II Restaurant
406 East Highway 246, Buellton, CA
420 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463