The was a reason we dawdled around Solvang for a while. I'd really been wanting to have a tri-tip sandwich for a while. Calculating driving times and such, it was either Firestone Grill or bypassing Solvang and hoping to make it to Salinas. We decided on stopping in San Luis Obispo, driving through the downtown streets of this quaint looking college town, finding parking across the street from Firestone Grill.
Having never been here before; I really didn't know what to expect.....the place is large a cavernous, looking like part College hang-out - Sport's Bar - Chain Restaurant. You order at the counter and wait to be called.
The menu is simple; burgers, salads, pulled pork, hot dogs....smoked grilled, slapped between bread. The food, though simple, is not slapped together. The portions looked huge; which is not always a good sign.....
The Missus was ravenous and had me order the Steak Cobb Salad (Large $9.49), which is served in what looks like on of those metal mixing bowls.
The greens and vegetables were sparkling fresh....the truth of the matter is that the generous amount of bacon and blue cheese made this salad. We didn't use any dressing (on the side) at all. Basically, a solid salad.
Of course I ordered the Tri-tip Sandwich ($8.69).
I was sold after the first bite. I've never had tri-tip this moist and tender ....I still have a hard time believing it actually is a tri-tip, the bottom sirloin. The beefy flavor however, was definitely there along with a pleasant, light smokiness. The meat was tender without being mushy. The roll toasted lightly with garlic butter just heightened the experience. I took a bite and told the Missus, "you're going to love this....." Which She did. She's still talking about this sandwich. It was probably the most pleasant surprise on our road trip. I'm glad I requested the BBQ Sauce on the side. It was way too sweet and would have totally over-powered the flavor of the beef. This was probably the best sandwich I had all year.
1001 Higuera St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
I'm guessing there are those who have issues with Firestone Grill - after Tweeting about this sandwich; FOY - MrZ, the Zompus actually mentioned that the sandwich was too tender for his taste! Go figure! Perhaps MrZ had one too many of these in his life and has become jaded? (I do miss the both of you BTW)
Melissa Good Taste, however agrees with me.
After lunch we walked around a bit and ended up getting some stuff from here.
All in all a successful stop.......