If you're driving up the coast of California on Highway 101 we've got the perfect diversion. And it comes with pea soup!
Pea Soup Andersen's is located in the quiet hamlet of Buellton, just off the 101. If you've done any extensive traveling around California you may recognize their roadside signs with mascots Hap-Pea and Pea-Wee playfully splitting pees and announcing the number of miles to the next location. They're a welcome site for hungry road trippers.
Once you've arrived, you will not be disappointed if Americana is your jam. From the neon signs and the cardboard cut-outs you can put your face in to the pressed penny machines and the mini museum, Andersen's has it all. And that's before you've even been seated in the restaurant! Once inside you are handed a menu as a formality, though why anyone would want to order anything other than pea soup and a Monte Christo sandwich is a mystery.
Filled up on pea soup and nostalgia, it's back on the road for you! Happy and satisfied, thanks to Andersen's.
Photos from peasoupandersens.net