Santa Nella, California: Pea Soup Andersen's

Restaurant chain uses a Dutch theme and features a windmill and a mallet-waving cartoon chef.
Address:
Santa Nella Blvd., Santa Nella, CA
Directions:
I-5 exit south of Gustine/Santa Nella at Hwy 33 -- watch for the windmill. 10 miles south of Gustine.
Phone:
209-826-1685
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Velkommen to Andersen's sign. Pea Soup Andersen's

Get the Traveler's Special - a bottomless bowl of pea soup!

[Amy Evans, 07/22/2011]

The "Traveler's Special" -- blessing and curse! We are always lured to order delicious, bottomless pea soup, but first do a mental inventory of rest stop opportunities along that Central Valley stretch of I-5.

Sign and windmill. Pea Soup Andersen's - Danish Windmill

The chain of Andersen's Pea Soup restaurants may have shrunk, but you can still see their signature windmill and old Danish architecture along a few highways in California. The first Andersen's opened in Buellton in 1924.

The Andersen's on I-5 in Santa Nella was bustling during our lunchtime stop, with a line for seating in the dining room and a crowd perusing the gift shop, which stocks any windmill-shaped collectible you might crave.

Outside, you can still pose a couple of traveling pals in the head holes of Andersen's trademark Happea and Pea-Wee, where the cartoon chef splits peas with his mighty mallet.

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 01/24/2009]
Pea Soup photo opportunity. Pea Soup Andersen's

Pre-Memorial Day Survey Of Central California Windmill Attractions, Pt. 2: On Hwy. 99, in "Raisin Capital" Selma, CA, the blades on a newer windmill associated with a Holiday Inn turn proudly, as do the windmill blades at the Pea Soup Anderson's on I-5 at Santa Nella. Tours buses abound in the large Anderson's parking lot, kids line up with their folks for the classic "Hap-Pea and Pee-Wee" photo op, and the restaurant, bar and gift shop seem well peopled. But one sign the stock market collapse has hit here: "All Singing Fish 50% Off." (Note: The Korean War Memorial in Santa Nella, which has a number of highway signs pitching it, closes at 5PM.)

[Roadsideamerica.com Team, 05/20/2001]

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