My wife, sister-in-law, and I had to make a last minute trip down to Santa Barbara last weekend (Boo Hoo). Great opportunity to hit the Far West Tavern and Jocko's.
We pulled into Guadalupe about 1:00 on Saturday afternoon. I had the house special steak - I forget what it's called. Beefalicious! Very tasty, perfectly cooked, and better beans than Jocko's.
Had a 6:15 reservation Sunday night at Jocko's, but arrived around 5:15. Seated about 5:45. By about 6:30, they brought out the good stuff - I had the 18 oz rib eye, sister-in-law has the beef(why?) ribs, and my wife had the most humongous pork chops I ever did see.
My steak was suffused with the red oak used to fire the grill, and could have been a memorable experience. However, my steak was medium well instead of the medium rare I ordered, and I was disappointed.
Just ogling that grill full of red meat over the wood fire was a beautiful experience...but that's my overall impression of this place. The kitsch and the huge hunks of animal flesh under deliver the goods. My steak wasn't as good as it should have been.
My steak at the Far West was great the first time I ate there, and it was great the 2nd time. It's off the beaten path, it's not as good a value as Jocko's, and it lacks Jocko's "wow" factor, but if chow be your aim - target the Far West Tavern in Guadalupe.
Next trip - The Hitching Post in Casmalia.