SunIf there was ever any doubt that the Santa Maria Valley was a tasty place chock full of exciting entertainments, they have been thoroughly erased by the Santa Maria Sun’s latest “Best of Northern Santa Barbara County” edition, which serves as a compendium of all that is awesome around these parts.

The Sun’s annual “Best Of” edition revolves around a range of categories from dining to recreation to shopping, and showcases the best of the best, as voted by local readers. Along the way, it offers a ton of tips for getting the most out of your next visit to the valley.

Needless to say, Santa Maria BBQ is well represented in the dining category, with Shaw’s Steakhouse earning the title of Best Santa Maria Restaurant, and Hitching Post being crowned with Best Overall Restaurant.

Click here to read an online copy of the Santa Maria Sun’s 2016 Best Of Northern Santa Barbara County issue.