Earlier this month I went to Solvang, a little Danish about 45 minutes from Santa Barbara. If there is ever a perfect place to visit Christmas time in Southern California, other than Disneyland, it’s Solvang. The entire town is decorated in holiday cheer. Last week’s post was on where to stay, but this week I discuss a couple gems I found around town.
Let’s start with breakfast. Paula’s Pancakes had the best reviews, so we arrived early to beat the crowd. So we thought! It was already packed by 8:30. I had the “world famous Danish pancakes”, which were just like crepes to me, and I wanted pancakes. Luckily, my boyfriend ordered buttermilk pancakes (which I stole) and they were delightful!
For lunch one day we went to the Succulent Café, which didn’t suck at all. I had a delicious veggie sandwich, and my boyfriend had the fried chicken which he said was cooked to perfection. It is a bit pricey, but it was the best meal we had in Solvang.
Another great meal that we had was dinner at the Solvang Brewing Company. We went there with the intention of drinking some beers and had already come to terms with eating bar food for dinner. For a brewery, the food is done well. I had the fish and chips and you could tell it was a house recipe. The boyfriend reported the meatballs as having a nice flavor, and they arrived steaming hot. Happy to say that Solvang Brewing Company is another great business in this small town.
Lastly, what would meal be without dessert? Earlier that day we went to Mortenson’s Bakery. The exterior of the establishment immediately draws you in. It’s a pink building surrounded by white rose bushes. Like any good bakery, smell of freshly baked goods greet you at the door. I selected a cream puff and of course, a cheese danish. Both were fantastic, but the danish was definitely unique. This one had a lot of cheese in the middle and it wasn’t overly sweet like most store-bought for varieties. If this is the traditional way to make a danish, then I’m all about it!
Solvang is one of those towns that look like a Norman Rockwell painting. Classic Americana. Christmas parades, beer gardens, wineries, Clydesdale horses, and oldschool pick up trucks. All in a 1 mile radius. You have to be Ebenezer Scrooge to not feel the charm of this town.