Anderson’s Pea Soup

October 2, 2007 – 3:45 pm

Anderson's Pea SoupI was speaking with a co-worker about something regarding a project we are working on and when he said “Have you ever eaten Anderson’s split pea soup?” For those of you reading this blog outside of California, you can relate to this story; just imagine a restaurant 80+ miles away that is known for one thing.

Anderson’s Pea Soup has been around for over 83 years now, and the soup probably is from the same batch that was originally made way back then.

I don’t mean to be insulting, I’m not much of a pea soup person, nor am I fond of peas. In fact, I would probably look at green bean soup as being better than pea soup. Anderson, are you listening?

Anderson’s website is pretty nicely detailed with information about the restaurant’s history and though the pictures are not extensive, there are some pictures online. This is from their “Thru The Years” page:

It all began on Friday, June 13th, 1924, when Anton Andersen, born in Denmark purchased a piece of the Golden State, California. Once a Mexican land grant owned by Jose Maria Covarrubias and Joaquin Carrillo of Santa Barbara, the land was purchased by the Buell brothers in 1865. R.T. Buell turned the land into a prosperous horse and cattle ranch and dairy farm, named Rancho San Carlos de Jonata. R.T. Buell married Miss Emily Budd in 1892 and they had five children. When Mr. R.T. Buell died in 1905 he was buried in the family plot, now the parking lot of Pea Soup Andersen’s Hotel. His body was later moved to Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard.

The area of Buellton began to change rapidly after the turn of the century. By 1911 Danish settlers were pouring into the area starting farms and businesses. William Budd, brother of Mrs. Emily Buell, opened a post office and it became an official United States Post Office in 1920. When the highway was diverted through Buellton in 1924 and electricity was brought to the valley, it seemed the right time to make their move. Anton and Juliette Andersen purchased a small parcel of land and building from William Budd and opened a restaurant.

So there’s some background for you, if you visit their website you can learn a lot more about Anderson.

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