New chef de cuisine Crystal “Chef Pink” DeLongpre continues the Root 246 commitment to farm-to-table cuisine while putting her personal stamp of deliciousness on the menu. Chef Pink is well known both regionally and nationally after her appearances on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen and Spike TV’s Bar Rescue. Her passion for local and sustainable ingredients comes through in dishes like locally harvested mussels with ginger, fennel and Serrano chilies. Regulars come back for the soul-satisfying buttermilk fried chicken with whipped Yukon gold potatoes and house-made dill pickles, and Wagyu beef burger with sharp cheddar cheese on a potato roll with fries. An extensive wine list spotlights the bounty of Santa Barbara County. Comfortable and sophisticated, the dining room is a perfect spot after a day on the wine trails. Root 246 offers weekend brunch, dinner and late afternoon small bites in the lounge.
Located adjacent to Solvang’s Hotel Corque at 420 Alisal Rd., Solvang, 805/686-8681.
This story was originally published in the 2018 summer issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.