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The Hitching Post II

406 E. Hwy. 246 Send to Phone
805-688-0676 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A bastion of oakwood-fired barbecue, grilled artichokes, fresh fish, seasonal game --- and own-label Pinot Noirs.
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The Hitching Post II Restaurant Review

: Prime beef is king at this Santa Ynez Valley barbecue joint, which means filet mignon, New York and top sirloin cooked over an open oak-wood fire. To-go-withs include shrimp cocktail, green salad, garlic bread, french fries, a relish tray (remember those?) and, this being California, a bowl of salsa. Chef/owner/vintner Frank Ostini also features seasonal favorites like fresh salmon and tilapia, smoked duck, ostrich and game, as well as savory grilled artichokes for dipping in roasted ancho-pepper mayo. Desserts change nightly, but may include fresh Key lime pie or a whimsical Almond Joy tart. Ask for one of the chef’s own handcrafted bottles of Pinot Noir to accompany dinner. This is wine country, after all. And if you’re the designated driver, you get a reward: a complimentary artichoke or mushroom appetizer and non-alcoholic beverages.

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One of my most memorable meals
by musophilus on Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:05 pm
 
Arrived at about 5 p.m. for dinner and was told that there would be an hour wait! Fortunately, we managed to get seats at the bar in 15. Started with the grilled artichokes and a glass of Hitching Post Rosé. (Be sure to buy a few bottles to take home, since you won't find it anywhere else!) I made the mistake of ordering the duck, which was small, dry and smoky. My friend's steak was way better! Tender, juicy and full of flavor! Everyone was real friendly at the bar. Ended up tasting my neighbor's steaks, too.
 
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