I love to take road trips with my dogs along the California coast. This means finding restaurants that have outdoor seating that allow dogs. On this trip, we went up to Cambria, stopping first at Solvang because it’s very dog friendly. We called Bacon&Brine on the way up to see if we could bring dogs onto their patio. They said we could, but they were running out of food. Turns out they serve until they run out, so on busy days like Sunday, they can close early. We ended up going on the way home.
It was Friday and Solvang was busy but parking was still fairly easy. We got seated by a very friendly and helpful hostess who brought over an additional umbrella to provide shade for the dogs.
We got wayyyyy too much food, but that left plenty for leftovers!
We got onion rings that were fried in a very light, slightly sweet batter and a ponzu like sauce.
The onion rings called out for heat, so the waiter brought me this awesome hot sauce that is fermented in house.
The french fries with bacon and cheddar were also very good, but that bacon! It was fantastic!! We had most of it left and made a brunch with it back at home.
Leftovers the next day, covered in duck eggs! I also added some leftover ribeye. #nowaste
My husband got the pulled pork sandwich. All sandwiches come with a side salad, a nod to healthy eating. He thought it was ‘pretty good, not amazing.’ I tasted it and the bbq sauce on it was good, on the sweet side.
I ordered the whole reason we came - the hipster! It was fried chicken on a doughnut bun. I thought it might be a gimmick, but no! It was the bomb! Kinda like the chicken and waffle combo, only with pickles!
The sandwich gets soggy if you don’t start right away, so I ended up eating it with a fork and knife.
We topped off the meal with double espressos.
Willy, the culture vulture got a shot of himself in front of the Solvang theater before we headed home.