Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Rate-A-Restaurant #377: Industrial Eats (Buellton)

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Restaurant: Industrial Eats

Location: 181 Industrial Way (Buellton)

Type of restaurant: Pizza, sandwiches

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We stipulated: On a quick trip in nearby Solvang, we needed a kid-friendly restaurant that also allowed dogs. Industrial Eats not only ticked off those boxes, but it also fulfilled one more need: Decent food.

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They stipulated: "Quality, local food served here. Our restaurant and butcher shop feature food sourced from the Central Coast. Dine in or get your hands dirty carving up your own animal in one of our workshops. You can even take us home with you. Enjoy fresh preserves, pâtés, cheese and handmade bacon."

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What we ordered: Mike: tomato, fennel sausage, mozzarella, basil pizza ($14); Maria: wild mushrooms, camembert, garlic confit pizza ($15); Kids: tomato, mozzarella, basil ($13)

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High point:  That pizza crust was pretty fantastic, thanks to the wood burning oven. But the high point was also being able to bring our tiny dog inside. It made such an important impact on us.

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Low point:  It was so crowded that we had to sit at the bar, which was fine -- but we didn't quite get a full explanation of how the menu worked.

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Overall impression: An impressive eatery in Buellton, of all spots, and well worth a visit. The food, the environment, the location (in an industrial spot, natch), it all worked. Skip Pea Soup Andersen's and hit Industrial Eats the next time you drive past Buellton.

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Will we return: Absolutely, looking forward to it.

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