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Santa Maria BBQ
updated: Jul 08, 2014, 8:34 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Any thoughts on the best steak house or BBQ joint in the Santa Maria area?

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 COMMENT 533930P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:06 PM

The Swiss Restaurant is very, very good. It's kind of like the T-Off and maybe even better. The Baby Backs are far better than any found in Santa Barbara IMO. Everything is old-fashioned good.

 

 NEIGHBOR agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:25 PM

The Hitching Post (original) in Casmalia is excellent. Been there 50+ years. Old Central Coast atmosphere. Great outdoor patio for leisurely late afternoons.

The new Far Western Tavern in Orcutt is good too. Try the Ribeye.

 

 ECHO agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 09:53 PM

I second the Hitching Post!

 

 COMMENT 533943P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 10:41 PM

RIP Skip Gibson's BBQ - I miss those pulled pork and baby backs..

 

 COMMENT 533947P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-08 11:19 PM

Hitching Post in Casmalia. Period

 

 COMMENT 533951 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 06:25 AM

The Range in Santa Margarita. Excellent!

 

 COMMENT 533954 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 06:47 AM

I prefer the Hitching Post II in Buellton. Worth the little bit extra of a drive.

 

 COMMENT 533955 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 06:48 AM

Blacksmiths in Lompoc is pretty good.. Their steaks are wood fired.. One of the best tasting and most flavorful steaks I've had,, I don't know if they do this for everyone but my first time there I ordered a Glass of wine and the waitress said it was on the house. Ever time I've gone they've given me great customer service.. Plus if you want a real drink Jaspers is right next door

 

 COMMENT 533957 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 06:53 AM

Jocko's in Nipomo!! Best rib-eye steak ever!!

 

 COMMENT 533963 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 08:02 AM

Jocko's definitely has a reputation for not only the best steak in the area, but best period. I've been there once and thought it was ok, but I have friends that drive up there once every other week religiously.

 

 COMMENT 533965 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 08:05 AM

I've only been there once, but Jocko's in Nipomo was awesome. I've heard it's better to go for dinner than lunch, though.

 

 COMMENT 533967 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 08:18 AM

Blacksmiths in Lompoc has been closed for years. Rumor is an Asian style steak place is opening there soon.

 

 COMMENT 533968 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 08:25 AM

My favorite is The Swiss in Santa Maria. They are open straight through from lunch until dinner, and breakfast on Sunday is excellent. The Hitching Post in Casmalia is also very good, but they are only open for dinner. The Blacksmith Steakhouse in Lompoc closed back in 2013.

 

 COMMENT 533969P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 08:34 AM

Jocko's

 

 COMMENT 533973 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 08:47 AM

The hitching post is absolutely one of the worst steak houses I've ever eaten at. I really don't understand the hype. The meat seems to be quality but they absolutely ruin it with the "wood fire bbq". You're paying $40 for a steak that tastes like a campfire. For steakhouse prices the expectations are high and this place surely disappoints.

Additionally, the sides taste like they came from a can and the place is generally a dump.

Go there for the burgers and stay in the bar. But, if you want to shell out $100+ for a dinner for two go elsewhere. Or, buy your own cut of meat and cook it right at home. Spend the money on a nice bottle of wine instead.

 

 COMMENT 533979 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 09:04 AM

Yes Jocko's is much better at dinner than lunch. They only do their wood fire steaks in the evening!

 

 COMMENT 533982 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 09:14 AM

1. Jocko's in Nipomo 2. Hitching Post in Casmalia
3. Far Western in Orcutt.

@973 - Obviously, you are not from this area. The wood fired BBQ, usually oak, is a local tradition and what absolutely makes the meat taste wonderful. It's why people go to all of these restaurants - the quality of the meat and the style of cooking it over an oak wood fired BBQ.

 

 COMMENT 533989 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 09:26 AM

Very disappointed with the Far Western Tavern since it moved to Orcutt. Just not the same as old location. I had the rib eye and it was the worst steak I have every had.

 

 COMMENT 533997 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 09:42 AM

What about the best in SB?? I'm hungry now!

 

 COMMENT 534003 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 09:51 AM

1. Hitching Post in Casmalia!
2. The Far West Tavern in Orcutt (sweet memories there of my beloved, he loved that place).
I have not tried Jocko's yet, but can't wait!

Hooray for old school steakhouses!

 

 COMMENT 534011 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 10:03 AM

For Santa Barbara - Chuck's of Hawaii on upper State St (across from La Cumbra Plaza)
Or Tee Off in Ontare Plaza (not even a full mile down State from Chuck's).
Both can be pricey but well worth a good steak every now and again.

Chuck's Waterfront Grill at the harbor is TOTALLY different and HORRIBLE... don't confuse them as I did!

 

 COMMENT 534015 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 10:12 AM

997 - As far as I know all BBQ in the downtown SB area is downright horrible. Woody's is the worst BBQ I have ever had in my almost 50-year life. Killer B's rates a 4 out of 10. (congrats...you are the best in SB) The new BBQ place that opened up next to Holdren's near Costco is giving Woody's a run for worst in California.

Has anyone tried the BBQ out of the food truck...Georgia's Smokehouse?

 

 COMMENT 534022 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 10:33 AM

MY HOUSE IN GOLETA IS THE BEST STEAK HOUSE IN CALIFORNIA... YOU SHOULD TRY IT SOMETIME...

 

 COMMENT 534024 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 10:39 AM

015, the new BBQ next to Holdren's near Costco is out of business already. By far my favorite steak house is Clementines in Carpinteria.

 

 COMMENT 534042 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 11:38 AM

Chucks is too dark, can't see the food! Unless that's changed???

 

 COMMENT 534125P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 03:17 PM

Chuck's is waaaaay overrated & it's in, already mentioned & I agree, the mediocre BBQ area of SB.

I echo that Jocko's or The Hitching Post are both great. Oak wood provides a great flavor. Don't like it? Don't go out; just keep slathering the A-1 Steak Sauce & ketchup all over your home-cooked steaks. :-)

As far as cooking a steak at home, that's NOT what the OP wants.

Sometimes we like to go out & get something we don't normally cook at home. Plus, it's fine to be waited on, being able to relax & visit.

 

 COMMENT 534127 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 03:22 PM

Blacksmiths in Lompoc is NOT closed... They have been open the past 4 years I have been there. The rumor is completely false

 

 COMMENT 534195P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-09 05:30 PM

OP - Thanks all for the input. We decided to go for lunch and since the Hitching Post is only open for dinner and the Far West got mixed reviews we went to the Swiss Restaurant. We ordered oak grilled tri tip sandwiches. The meat was properly seasoned, cooked just right. and serve on a toasted bun with a tasty side of pinquito beans - all for $11. We also had the linguica (Portuguese sausage) appetizer (a very generous portion with bread for $10) which was excellent and reportedly made on premises. The place is a bit dowdy but the food was great.

 

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