Let's just say, for a minute, you're in Santa Barbara and you decide to head north for a bit of wine tasting in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. And then, as luck and nature would have it, you get hungry.
But what to do? Where to go? You know where all the best restaurants in Santa Barbara are, but now you're miles away. And you have picky eaters in the car with you to boot!
Relax. We know just the place.
Check out Industrial Eats' changing sandwich of the day, on display at the counter — Photo courtesy of Industrial Eats
Make a beeline for Industrial Eats in Buellton. This restaurant is perfect for lunch or dinner any day of the week. Owned and operated by Jeff and Janet Olsson, Industrial Eats is a casual eatery focused on showcasing the insane bounty of ingredients available on the Central Coast. Fresh uni and antelope shares menu space with wild mushrooms and local beets.
The menu is divided into pizza and "Not Pizza." The pizza is cooked in a big, wood-fired pizza oven. The "Not Pizza" menu items range from roasted veggies to fresh sandwiches to cold smoked salmon plates and more. There truly is something for everyone here.
You place your order at the counter, and then you're given a number to take with you to your seat. Seating here is rather communal. A series of long tables takes up most of the floor space. It's a wonderful way to see what others are eating and make new friends.
In addition to prepared and made-to-order dishes, Industrial Eats also serves as a butcher shop and fresh fishmonger. You can pick up fresh cuts to take home with you and cook as you please.
Or, if you'd rather, you can do it yourself. Co-owner Jeff Olsson works with local farmer Jake O’ Francis of Valley Piggery to offer two-day cutting and curing classes that will teach you how to butcher a pig and create your own sausage, bacon and more. Visit Industrial Eats' website to see the upcoming class schedule.
Industrial Eats is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The location is rather "industrial," as the name suggests, so you might not realize that you've found the restaurant when you pull into the parking lot.
Just look for the large cow statue. When you see their bovine mascot, you'll know you're in the right place!
After you eat, check out some neighboring wineries in Buellton, like Cold Heaven Cellars and Alma Rosa. Or head into Los Olivos and visit their 10 best wineries. It's just minutes away!