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Driving through the heart of the Central Valley from Sacramento to Bakersfield, one will notice an abundance of flat, green farmland. After all, the area has a reputation for being one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions. Interstate 5 becomes a two-lane byway, filled with trucks and farming vehicles, and for that stretch it’s notoriously short on worthwhile stops and attractions.

Andersen’s in Santa Nella, one of the few notable stops, is marked by a tall brown windmill that can be seen from the I-5. Located about 60 miles south of Stockton, it’s the home of the world famous “all natural” split pea soup. Just like the original location in Buellton, it is a welcoming place for travelers looking to eat, relax, take pictures and buy souvenirs.

You can enjoy their Traveler’s Special, a bowl of all-you-can-eat split pea soup with onion cheese rolls or Danish pumpernickel bread and your choice milkshake, coffee, tea or soft drink for $8.50.

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GaryT July 10, 2009 @ 1:40 p.m.

Thanks - I never knew about this place, maybe because it was dark each time I drove by. The special sounds delicious, though after consuming so much liquid in one meal, I'm sure everyone will need to visit the next rest stop too.

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joyfuld July 10, 2009 @ 8:40 p.m.

My family loves this place. I think they have been there 100 times.

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Ponzi July 10, 2009 @ 10:19 p.m.

I love split pea soup. I wish the location in Carlsbad had survived.

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paul July 13, 2009 @ 10:11 a.m.

Don't forget Buellton, just north (actually west) of Santa Barbara on the 101. It is the original Pea Soup Andersons. It is on the offramp to Solvang, which is probably why it is themed the way it is. It has been there for 85 years.

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SDaniels July 14, 2009 @ 12:57 a.m.

They sell Pea Soup Anderson's in a can--not as fun as 'tilting' it fresh at the windmill, though.

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