Reliable sources inform us that Paul Veglia and his family bought the business, then called the Casmalia Hotel, from H.H. Heller in 1920. The hotel ... More
Reliable sources inform us that Paul Veglia and his family bought the business, then called the Casmalia Hotel, from H.H. Heller in 1920. The hotel consisted of eleven single rooms, two showers, and a restroom, and the family moved into the back of the building where there were three bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, and a bathroom. Building Front Oil and railroad booms were taking place near Casmalia at that time, and the workers frequently stayed at the hotel. Mrs. Veglia was a great Italian cook and she would prepare homestyle meals which she served family-style. In 1933 the liquor prohibition was repealed and the Veglia's received a liquor license for the bar. Ed Vail's guests and guests at the Marshallia Dude Ranch frequented the hotel as did Camp Cooke employees. For recreation and entertainment there were pool tables, player pianos, a card table, and a wood stove where everyone could gather and share stories. On many occasions the pool tables were pushed aside for dancing.
My husband and I eat at this restaurant quite often. The food is excellent and the service is good. The meal is NOT expensive for what you get. Each meal includes: Fresh Vegetable Tray, Crackers & Butter, Bay Shrimp Cocktail or Fruit Cocktail, Mixed Green Salad, Baked Potato or Homemade French Fries* or BBQ Vegetables, Garlic Bread, Coffee or Tea, and Ice Cream or Sherbet. The meat is always cooked to perfection and I love eating in the old western atmosphere. If you have a more sophisticated palate, you will love this restaurant.
I was totally disapointed with the Hitching Post. To start with the food was very expensive. I don't mind spending money on great food but unfortunately the food was not great in fact it was far from it. I have had better food at Baker's Square. The service was horrible and fortunately for my taste bud's the portion sizes were very small.
I visit HP I two or three times per year for the past 10 years and their steaks have always been outstanding. The meat is choice quality and always prepared to your specification - and lots of it. The service is fast and very friendly. Ambiance is cowtown and it's authentic, not manufactured. For me, their best steak is the ribeye (which is currently a special and not on the menu). BUT REMEMBER, THIS IS A STEAK HOUSE. If you visit HP I order steak. Reservation highly recommended.
We went there for my birthday as we had heard so many good things about the restaurant. We were all disappointed, portions very small, high priced (as are the drinks). Go to Cool Hand Luke's. You get your money's worth there!
We had reservatiosnat 6:30pm and didn't get seated until 8pm and the steaks were the size of a deck of cards and the potatoes the same size they weren't busy and could of sat us. We wanted to leave but there were a total of 12 of us and a friend wanted to go there for a going away dinner. NEVER AGAIN and will not recommend to anyone.
I had a great dinner tonight. I went out to the Hitching Post in Casmalia. If you saw the movie Sideways, the Hitching Post is the restaraunt in Buellton, California where Paul Giamanti sees Virgina Madsen. The Hitching Post in Casmalia is run by the same family, and is famous around the Lompoc Valley for having great steaks. Tonight was no exception.
They cook the food in front of you in a oak barbecue pit surrounded by glass. You see what the cook is doing with your food. While the food was being prepared, the waitress brought out a vegetable tray, and shrimp cocktail. I had a dinner salad that was very good, and the lettuce was crisp and fresh. Then dinner came, the food was cooked to perfection. Mine came with a baked potato and garlic bread. I was in heaven. They have fine selection of wines, too. They had icecream for dessert, but I was almost too full. But not quite.
It shocks me that there are still people in town that have not been to the Hitching Post. I have been eating there for 20 years and it is always delicious. You get so much food and always leave satisfied. Always worth the long drive.
I have been going to the Hitching Post at least once every few years since 1972. I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal or experience there. The steak is superb and the appetizers are out of this world. If you are venturing from LA to SF (or the other way, of course), take a little side trip to Casmalia and find the steak you have been searching for all your life.