Want to know where the locals go for the best tri tip steak sandwich? Located between downtown Santa Barbara and San Ynez Valley (one of our favorite wine locations in California — get more recommendations for San Ynez here), Cold Spring Tavern was an old stage coach stop in the pass going in and out of Santa Barbara.
This old-west style watering hole is as local as you can get. On the weekends, you’ll probably find a long line of cars or motorcycles parked along the road. In between the wooden buildings, they make the best juicy grilled tri tip steak sandwiches. These oak grilled steak sandwiches are served on a French roll with a selection of house made bbq sauce, apple horseradish, and fresh salsa.
Buy your tickets for the tri tip steak sandwich in the Log Cabin Bar, then take your ticket over to the guys who are grilling the majestic cuts of meat. Get your sandwich. Choose your sauces and enjoy outside. Be sure to double check the website to make sure they’re serving their famous sandwiches before you drive over.
Cold Spring Tavern, 5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105