The Hitching Post in Casmalia

SPECIAL DRIVING INSTRUCTIONS (and for people who may be lost)

Due to bridge construction, Black Road is closed just north of Highway One.  If you are taking the 101, we suggest the best way to get around the problem is to take the Clark Avenue exit in Santa Maria. Go west on Clark until you reach Highway 1, turn right onto Highway 1. Go approximately 3 1/2miles and you will come to a 4-way stop. Turn left onto Black Road. Go another 3 1/2 miles and at the big yellow HITCHING POST sign and turn right. 

If you have been taking Betteravia Road to Black Road and hit the closure, turn around and go back. There will be a left hand turn to Black Road (easily missed) which will take you to Betteravia where you turn left (go west) and go to Brown Road. If you missed the left turn to Black Road, fear not, you will still end up at Betteravia where you can turn left. Turn left on Brown Road and pretty quickly you will come to Highway 1. Turn left (going southeast) until you get to Black Road. You are now on the other side of the closure! Turn right onto Black Road. Go another 3/12 miles and at the big yellow HITCHING POST sign and turn right.

The County has provide a somewhat convoluted map showing the construction, which we have attached here.

And here is our own map:

HP Anniversary CoinCasmalia, California, former cow-town of the Old West, is where California-style barbequeing was brought to perfection by the by the pioneers. Bill Ostini at the GrillThe Hitching Post has brought this live-oak  California-style barbequeing  to perfection  bringing choice, aged beef to the ultimate of gourmet flavor and tenderness while we keep alive the traditions of the old romantic West.

The weatherworn walls of our 100 year old building are crammed with memories that induce an atmosphere of Western nostalgia to the romantically inclined people who can relax and trade the pressures of the fast, modern world for an evening of Old West hospitality.

Your Hosts: The Ostini Family Since 1952.  Join us on facebook

The Hitching Post serves up great (and famous) food:

Monday-Saturday: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 4:00 to 9:00 p.m

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A film by Alexander Payne

Sideways features the wines of our area and in particular is actually set in our sister (well, actually brother--Frank Ostini) restaurant, the Hitching Post II in Buellton (near Solvang). Look for the Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Wines, and if you look carefully, some of the family members as well.

Forbes Magazine featured The Hitching Post and The Hitching Post II together as one of "10 Great BBQ Joints in the USA":

Santa Maria Barbecue . . . focuses on slow cooking with indirect heat but over an open wood fire rather than in a closed smoker, and typically features the large tri-tip beef roast. The Hitching Posts build on this local tradition with far more than tri-tip, marrying cowboy customs with excellent cuts of steak and seafood . . . . This is open fire barbecue at its very highest level, sort of a bridge between Argentinean parillada cooking and Southern barbecue, making these among the finest steakhouses in the country, but uniquely and casually so.

As many of you know we were sued in federal court by one of the many serial litigants harassing California businesses with unjustified ADA lawsuits. For more information on our case please look at this.