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Wynola Pizza & Bistro

I absolutely adore this restaurant on the side of the road in Wynola, somewhat between Santa Ysabel and Julian. There’s two distinct indoor seating areas with a very nice outdoor courtyard in the center. Order at the counter or bar, they give you a number on one of those metal stand things and find a seat. The staff and service here is excellent. Plus full bar.  

The pizzas here are excellent. Very thin crust, it is easy to eat the whole thing yourself. The Caesar salads are sometimes inconsistently made. When made good, among the best I’ve had with lots of cheese. Most recently I had their wood-fired lasagna which was very good. Served with a dinner salad that contained an excessive amount of carrots. I could sense my vision improving while driving home.

Julian Beer Company

Follow up visit to my new back country favorite! Tried the smoked wings at JBC and they were outstanding! For my Ramona peeps, JBC will be in town tomorrow night for a tap takeover at Reds, Whites & Brews!

Wynola Pizza & Bistro

Outstanding wood-fired pizza at Wynola Pizza! In business since 2001, this place is legit. Located just 3 miles west of Julian, CA on Hwy 78 in the small hamlet of Wynola. I also tried their Caesar salad and it is one of the best I’ve put in my mouth. Also a great venue for live music. Always an enjoyable time when stopping by this backcountry institution.

Julian Beer Co.

Checked out the new Julian Beer Company recently! This place is a remarkable standout in San Diego’s backcountry! A brewery AND eatery specializing in craft farmhouse style beers. They have a simple and affordable menu consisting of pizza, BBQ and sandwiches. The location used to be Bailey’s BBQ back in the day for those that may recall. Located on the north end of Main Street in downtown Julian. 

Pizza was outstanding. Thin crust, NY style. I had pepperoni, only $2.50 a slice. Large pizzas available for $15 +. We also tried the BBQ beef brisket sandwich. Better than any we’ve had up the hill, or up, up the hill. The side of cole slaw was remarkably good. No weird additives like raisins or pineapple. Just good, traditional slaw. Lastly, we ordered the “Gold Nuggets”. These are bite sized pieces of delicious, fresh tasting garlic bread. Served with a side of legit beer cheese, only $6. The side of marinara on the other hand was half frozen unfortunately. 

I really love this new craft brewery just up the hill. The founder happens to be the co-owner of Pizza Port and it’s evident in how professionally this place seems to be run. The venue is large, comfortable and welcoming. Nice outdoor area too with low impact recreation activities for the heavy-set middle aged types. Cornholio, jenga, etc. Definitely worth the short drive up the 78, construction notwithstanding. When we went there were at least five instances of one lane traffic control, making it quite the PITA.

Romano’s Restaurant

Outstanding spaghetti with Italian sausage and meatball at Romano’s in Julian, CA!

Julian Gold Rush Hotel

My favorite memory of 2018 has to be our stay at the Julian Gold Rush Hotel!  This is a historic bed & breakfast in the heart of downtown Julian, CA.  The property is an 1890s national historic landmark and is the oldest operating hotel in Southern California. The vintage charm of this restored Victorian hotel is simply stunning!  All of the rooms, dining and common areas are decorated with a plethora of American period antiques.  
Lady FoodObs and I stayed in the “Patio Cottage” which is separate from the main building.  It has a cast iron fireplace and a veranda with views of their beautiful gardens.  Best part of this cottage was being able to smell the granola being made in the nearby kitchen.  Wouldn’t be a B&B without breakfast, right?  It was outstanding as you can see in the photo below.  Super delicious and such thoughtful plating.  Truly a remarkable experience all around.  Can’t wait to stay again in 2019.  Happy New Year!

Blue Door Winery

Blue Door Winery has a great tasting room up in Julian! Probably one of my new favorite spots “up the hill”. They’ve set up shop in the heart of town, converting old livery stables into a comfortable and charming tasting room. Here is their sangria which was simply exquisite!

Julian Pie Company 

Outstanding pies, sweets, baked goods, etc at Julian Pie Company! 

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