A Desert Outpost for Santa Maria BBQ

May 20, 2011

The Desert Sun reports that a new outpost for Santa Maria Style Barbecue has opened in Old Town Indio, which is located east of Palm Desert in Southern California.

The Warehouse BBQ was established by Ian Lasley and his brother-in-law, Orlando Cepeda. Santa Maria tri-tip is their specialty. Photos of various Santa Maria landmarks, such as the Santa Maria Inn, line the walls of the restaurant.

According to the article, “The Cepedas are natives to the Santa Maria area. Orlando Cepeda learned to cook the special barbecue from his father and uncle, who made it a family tradition for more than 30 years.”

It adds, “The partners make frequent trips to Santa Maria for the oak and pinquito beans.”

It sure sounds like these guys have some serious Santa Maria BBQ street cred. We’ve heard of other out-of-area restaurants specializing in Santa Maria BBQ, but few that pay such localized tribute to the Santa Maria Valley.

We wish them the best in their exciting new endeavor and thank them for spreading the sizzling good news about Santa Maria Style Barbecue!

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