Santa Nella, California: Pea Soup Andersen'sRestaurant chain uses a Dutch theme and features a windmill and a mallet-waving cartoon chef.
- Santa Nella Blvd., Santa Nella, CA
- I-5 exit south of Gustine/Santa Nella at Hwy 33 -- watch for the windmill. 10 miles south of Gustine.
Visitor Tips and News About 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.
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]
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]