The “SoCal Restaurant Show” was on assignment in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley this past week. One of standout restaurants in the area, and it’s tasteful and elegant, is Root 246 in Solvang. The menu has been totally redone in the last year under the direction of newly arrived Chef Seth Nelson. He’s spent time locally cooking in the kitchens of Melisse and Ford’s Filling Station.
It’s craft based American food utilizing as much of the local bounty as possible. Even the desserts are something special without being fussy. They make their own flavored vinegars. There is an intimate 4-seat chef’s table in the kitchen with a full view of all the action on the line.
There is also a serious libation program. Available at Root 246 is one of the most extensive collections of local wines available in the area. They also pride themselves on the whiskey labels and choices for craft beers. It’s a standout cocktail program.
Root 246 is owned by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians but the spacious restaurant with outside patios (cigar smoking allowed) is not on reservation land.
We’ll talk with Chef Seth.