Mountain Mmm: Taste of Julian

Go beyond the apple, and the pie, for a culinary look at the sweet burg.

WHERE IS IT, give or take a mile or two, that the chanting of "apple pie, apple pie, apple pie" begins? Do you start saying the words over and over, like a magical incantation, when you and your crew first get in the car for a mountain road trip? Do you begin to speak the enchanted phrase, again and again, when you're less than an hour away? How about when you get really close to Julian, like when you're driving through Santa Ysabel, if that's your route in? (Well, you're probably chanting "bread, bread, bread" while passing by Santa Ysabel's Dudley's Famous Bakery.) But the truth of the matter is this: Visitors to Julian sing out the praises of apple pie, both verbally and in their hearts, during the whole drive up to the higher elevation village. And with good reason: The fruit, and the delightful pastries it so deliciously fills, are true hallmarks of the handsome Gold Rush burg. There are other meals to smack your lips over, though, around Main Street and just beyond, and Taste of Julian, the annual snack-and-try walk-around, introduces pie people to a host of other local eats. The springtime sup fest is coming up on...

SATURDAY, APRIL 9... and a host of Julian and Julian-adjacent favorites are involved. Granny's Kitchen is on the roster, and Buffalo Bill's, and Mr. Manita's Taco Bar & Fruteria, and Witch Creek Winery, too. You'll just need to stop by Julian Town Hall to purchase a ticket -- they're $30 a pop -- and then proceed to wile away the hours between 1 and 5 o'clock dining on all of the tastes the village has to offer, which include wines and burgers and salads and such. Oh, yes, and pies, lots of pies and apple-y good things. You can't truly drive up to Julian without doing a little "pie, pie, pie" chanting; why should you forgo a slice or two, even if a larger food-forward event is about savory dining, too? So, ready to take "A Rural Dining Adventure!" The trip starts here.

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