A Fantastic California Voyage…To Pea Soup Andersen’s

Achievement: #29. Pea Soup Andersenโ€™s

Back when we were Los Angeles residents, we used pretty much every excuse we could to get the hell out of the city and go explore the rest of California. While we headed south a few times to San Diego, the majority of our trips took us north of LA, to San Francisco or Central Coast. And on each of these excursions, we passed signs for the fabled Pea Soup Andersen’s.

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(You can even see one of the billboards up close and personal from the site of the new Clesi Winery, just off the 101.)

So, basically, for the year and a half we lived in LA, trips out of the city would go like this:

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“LET’S GO TO PEA SOUP ANDERSEN’S ON THE WAY HOME!”

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“We are SO not going to Pea Soup Andersen’s.”

Until finally, on the way home from what I feared would be my last-ever trip to San Luis Obispo, Michael FINALLY agreed to stop at Pea Soup Andersen’s.


But just for a few pictures. And just so I could shut up about it already and admit that I’d been there.

Full disclosure: I don’t even LIKE Pea Soup. I just love the idea of this place. It’s a restaurant and gift shop that shares space with a Best Western (and yes, it’s the Best Western where they stay in the movie Sideways). But they have mascots!! And Pea Soup! And WHIMSY! Okay maybe not so much with the whimsy, but JELLY!

So this year, since we were staying in Solvang, the town right next door to the original Pea Soup Andersen’s of Buellton (yes, there’s a second location off the 5 in Santa Nella), I finally convinced Michael that we should have some real food and a *real* Pea Soup Andersen’s experience.

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And so, after a day of wine tasting in Solvang, we stopped in for some late lunch.

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I was THIS excited.

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These are their mascots, Hap-Pea and Pea-Wee (who I always accidentally call Pea-Pee, sorry bro!). They have been splitting peas since 1924, and they’re aging so well!!

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I was feeling so not-adventurous, so I stuck with the basics. Pea Soup Andersen salad, with giant croutons.

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And Pea Soup Andersen french fries, with Pea Soup Anderson seasoning! Yummy!

(It is not required to preface all of the food you order with ‘Pea Soup Andersen’ but I do believe that it adds to the magic of the experience.)

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Michael, on the other hand, went for broke. He got something called Pea Soup Andersen Grilled Danish Sausage.

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And of course, Pea Soup Andersen Pea Soup.

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All in all, Pea Soup Andersen’s is pretty cute. It’s a nice little diner for lunch, kind of like Denny’s, if Denny’s had a Danish theme and 2 adorable mascots who split peas with comically-large hammers. If you love dips and jellies like we do, I recommend popping in to their gift shop. There are all kinds of souvenirs (shot glasses, coffee mugs, magnets, t-shirts, and even socks with Hap-Pea and Pea-Pee – errr, Pea-Wee – on them), as well as a bunch of mustards, seasonings, jams, and jellies.

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And of course, it’s a great photo opportunity, whether you’re enjoying all that Solvang & Buellton have to offer, or just passing through between LA and the rest of the state.

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5 Responses to A Fantastic California Voyage…To Pea Soup Andersen’s

  1. Woubbie

    Yes, but would it make “Diners Drive ins and Dives?”

    • steelcityfox

      That I don’t know about, but I believe it has been featured on the Travel Channel. More of a kitschy, solid-diner food place than some of the places I’ve seen Guy Fieri feature (although I’ve only watched a handful of episodes). It would definitely make it onto a Rick Sebak show if he did them in California! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I grew up in SoCal and went to summer camp in Saratoga, up north. We always stopped at Anderson’s on the way home! Your post brought back great memories for me ๐Ÿ™‚

    • steelcityfox

      Awesome, thanks for the comment! I’m glad I am not the only one who felt like stopping at this place on every drive back to LA ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Pea soup doesn’t sound appealing to me, either, but this looks so cute!

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