Cold Springs Tavern

After all these years of driving up to Los Olivos or Los Alamos or even back from Paso Robles through the San Marcos Pass (CA-154) near Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County, we’d never made it into the Cold Springs Tavern. It always seemed like we’d just eaten or it was too early or we were concerned about the traffic building up for our drive home.

Having spent the Memorial Day weekend up in Santa Barbara proper, we opted to drive home the wrong way because of an adventure detour I’ll describe in another post. We ended up popping in since we were close by, hungry and it was early enough to just stop in and grab a table.

A quaint old place, built during the stagecoach days and now serves what many consider to be the best tri-tip in the area.

So, we ordered a tri-tip sandwich and a buffalo burger. The burger was good and served with decent fries. The tri-tip can be ordered as a tri-tip sandwich or a Bar-B-Q beef sandwich. G ordered the T-T, which is carved a little thicker. The flavor was very good and cooked perfectly. We agreed that the thinner slicing may improve the sandwich, so next time we’ll probably both be ordering the Bar-B-Q and an 805.

And yes, that is a deer telling G that she’s in for a treat!