Where to Try
If you’re planning a visit to California’s Central Coast, where Pinquito Beans have been grown and served for generations, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce has provided these local options for trying authentic Santa Maria Style Barbecue.
Check out their complete list of Santa Maria Valley hotels if you’re in need of accommodations during your visit.
Santa Maria Valley Restaurants
The Hitching Post
3325 Point Sal Road
Located just moments from the heart of Santa Maria is Casmalia, a picturesque western town, and one of the most authentic Santa Maria-style barbecue restaurants you will encounter. This is where California-style barbecue was brought to perfection by the pioneers, bringing choice, aged beef to the ultimate of gourmet flavor and tenderness. Forbes Magazine featured The Hitching Post as one of the 10 Great BBQ Joints in the USA.
125 North Thompson Avenue
This no-frills Santa Maria-style steakhouse in Nipomo features affordable food in an easygoing and unpretentious atmosphere since 1926. Known for its generous portions of oak-grilled meats, along with the traditional accompaniments – pinquito beans, salsa and grilled bread.
Far Western Tavern
Established in 1958, the Far Western is recognized as a landmark of Santa Maria Style Barbecue, a renowned regional fare rooted in native ingredients and methods that were first popularized by 19th century rancheros. Their menu blends this local barbecue style with other dishes using the fresh flavors from nearby farms, ranches and vineyards.
Located in the heart of the city of Santa Maria, this old-school chophouse has been around since 1953. The service is friendly and the food unforgettable. Shaws offers traditional Santa Maria-style barbecue and seafood with an open kitchen and casual atmosphere.