A few weeks back we decided we loved David enough to spend a day driving up to the Hitchingpost in Casmalia.
The Hitchingpost was made famous by Alexander Payne's film Sideways is one of the best steakhouses in California. The beef is sourced locally (you can see the cows grazing as you drive up) and cooked on a oak fired BBQ grill.
We brought a group of about 14 people in a caravan of two cars, called ahead and by the time we got there we were seated in the first 15 minutes. They even brought us complimentary sides for driving all that way! If you do get an appetizer and only can choose one I would get the grilled artichoke, it comes with this magical dipping sauce that is probably ranch and something else but who knows anyways I digress. A New York Strip will run you about $44 for a 15oz and you get to pick from a long list of sides; a vegetable tray, shrimp cocktails and fries or a baked potato. Needless to say, it was difficult to stand up afterwards.
Of all the bourgeois steak places I've been to this has to the best and I'm not necessarily even calling this place bourgeois, it has a reindeer on the wall next to a Dodger's logo. I mean imagine it and tell me that is even a little bit pretentious.
If you want to go to Mastro's or Morton's, go ahead, both of those restaurants make amazing steaks. But if you want to drop the pretension and trade it in for a Christmas lit reindeer, great wine and some unique sides I'd tell you to get in your car and drive 3 hours to come here. It's got it going on.