Cuyama Buckhorn brings back Famous ‘Jonathan Gold’ Ostrich Burger 30 years later
High Desert’s Cuyama Buckhorn brings back Famous ‘Jonathan Gold’ Ostrich Burger 30 years later
Thirty years ago, then Chief Food Critic of the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Gold ventured out to New Cuyama because he’d heard that Cuyama Buckhorn was serving Ostrich Burgers and he was set on trying one.
“Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Agra has the Taj Mahal . . . and New Cuyama has the ostrich burger”
His review, “Which Came First?…” was about his visit to this remote roadside motel in California’s high desert to experience the burger.
“Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Agra has the Taj Mahal . . . and New Cuyama has the ostrich burger,” the article began.
In the past few years, Cuyama Buckhorn has once again become a destination worth driving to, and not just for the novelty of ordering an Ostrich Burger.
Guests now come for the accommodations and the amenities this modern resort now has to offer. Whether it be to experience the culinary offerings and local farm-to-table fare, or to have a beverage at the Buckhorn Bar where some of the state’s best cocktails are being made, the resort is notable for much more than ostrich burgers these days.
In honor of Jonathan Gold, and the thirtieth anniversary of his visit to this remote outpost just two hours from Los Angeles, the Ostrich burger will be making a comeback– and an elevated one at that on what would have been Gold’s birthday, July 28th.
The new Ostrich Burger, the Ostrich Smash ($28) is made with Ground Ostrich, Molasses Onions, and Santa Barbara Cheese Company’s Sheep’s Milk Gouda served on toasted Rye bread and a side of pickled vegetables.
As Gold remarked:
“To be honest, the only point in eating an ostrich burger
may be to be able to say that you’ve eaten an ostrich burger…
Ostrich burgers may not be much of a tourist attraction,
but how many times can you visit the Louvre?”
Burger will be available starting July 28, 2023, Jonathan Gold’s birthday
Burger – $28
T-shirt – $28
4923 Primero Street, New Cuyama, CA 93254
Cuyama Buckhorn is located 1 hour east of Santa Maria, and 2 hours north of Los Angeles.
Call (661) 766-2825 or visit https://www.cuyamabuckhorn.com/to reserve