Monday, July 27, 2009

The Range - Santa Margarita, Ca

The Mid State Fair brought us to town and I was showing, once again. Hungry after riding all day, we headed north to Santa Margarita (population 2,333) just off the 101 freeway only eight miles north of San Luis Obispo.

Great red wine! Au Bon Climat is my new favorite! ABC SB Pinot is simply delicious. There is nothing pretentious here, just well balanced, nicely textured, brightly fruity wine that seems to go with everything.

The crawfish cake -- make that cakes, two of them, plump and full of that crawdad flavor -- are served with vinegary crisp, pickled okra and a punchy, orange Tabasco sauce.

I ordered the San Dabs and they were awesome! Lightly fried, with a a nice creamy sauce that wasn't too heavy. Nothing revelatory, just plain good, especially with a big heap of those fine mashed potatoes.

Plan this one right into your Google map. The outside patio was beautiful and the weather was great! Prepare yourself before your visit, they are cash only and a tad pricey. 1.75 thumbs up for a wonderful experience.

1 comment:

foodhoe said...

sounds wonderful! I love finding out about little gems like this... oh and about good local wine too.