There are a lot of great, local restaurants in Select Country. Here are a few places where you’re sure to have a great meal.
Bar B-Q Pit: Merced, CA
Located in downtown Merced, the BBQ Pit is a carnivores delight. Owned by the Mercado family since 1992, they’ve been serving the area well for over 20 years.
Specializing in Tri Tip, chicken, pork baby back and spare ribs, they use locally sourced almond wood to achieve a unique Central California flavor. Of course they have a full breakfast and lunch menu, with several salads and vegetarian options available.
They have Family Packs that will feed up to six people, as well as full service catering. So when your crowd is in the mood for some smokehouse goodness, the Bar B-Q Pit is the place to go in Merced.
For more information, visit: https://www.barbqpitmerced.com
Char Pit – Kings Beach, CA
For some reason, burgers always seem to taste better in the mountains. Lake Tahoe has many fine options for dining, but for those-in-the-know, the Char Pit in Kings Beach is the place to go.
First opened in 1962, the Char Pit has been serving the North Shore for 60 years. Originally, the Char Pit was only open during the Summer, but in 1977 they went to a year-round operation. It has proven to be a popular spot with the Winter crowd, as the place is festooned with snowboards, skis and stickers.
While they are known for their burgers, their menu is extensive and is sure to have something for everyone. There are some tables indoors, but during the Summer, dining outdoors is the best.
The Char Pit is a popular spot in the area, but if you want a good old-fashioned burger, patience is a virtue.
The Olive Pit – Corning, CA
Our third and final pit stop takes us to Corning, California. Northern California is olive country, so the Olive Pit is a natural. Located just off of Interstate 5, this spot is as much a roadside attraction as it is a restaurant and gourmet gift shop.
Founded in 1967, The Olive Pit has been serving road-weary travelers and hungry locals for over 50 years. Their cafe serves a variety of burgers and sandwiches. One of their popular offerings is the Muffuletta sandwich. The Muffuletta Sandwich originated in New Orleans in 1906. It features salami, ham and cheese all topped with an olive salad.
In addition to the usual assortment of drinks, they serves Italian Sodas and shakes. Their signature shakes are truly unique in that they feature various flavored Balsamic Vinegars.
The gift shop is a gourmet must-see. Of course, they sell olives of all types and styles. Balsamic vinegar, mustard and all sorts of jams and jellies are available. They even have an extensive assortment of locally produced wines and craft brews.
When your travels find you in the North State, a visit to the Olive Pit is a great place to grab a bite, and stock your pantry with some excellent California-grown products.
You can visit their website at: https://www.olivepit.com
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