Anyone who has lived in Santa Clarita for more than a decade or two knows the quaint house-turned-restaurant that’s been serving the public for almost 50 years. Original owner, Jerry Woods, bought the house on Sierra Highway in the mid-1960s and opened its doors to a hungry public in 1966.
Two years later, Bob and Rose Ohler bought the Backwoods Inn, and it’s still in the able hands of Rose and daughter Carol Ohler. On top of the rare antiques, a feast for the eyes, including a vintage telephone booth and an entire wall from a drugstore, the Backwoods Inn is known for a number of signature food and drinks. The continental style menu choices include all cuts of steaks, prime rib, and surf choices, such as crab and lobster. The Canyon Country eatery is known for an unforgettable stuffed baked potato, which is an original recipe, and the restaurant’s mesquite charcoal broiled steaks, ranging from a 6-ounce petite filet mignon to a 20-ounce porterhouse. Customers routinely top off their ample servings with a Backwoods coffee (adults only, for that one).
There is a Backwoods bar with far more specialty drinks. Food is available in roomy booths and retro tables, both in the lounge and the restaurant, and folks are led to seats by friendly hosts across sawdust-covered floors. Reservations are suggested at Backwoods, as it draws from a customer base that’s miles away.
There’s a feeling you’ve gone back in time for a spell, for warm comfort food in an even warmer atmosphere. And locals know there are some things that never change – and that’s the appeal of this local landmark.
Backwoods Inn is open seven days a week during the following hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30-closing and Sunday 4 p.m.-closing.
The restaurant is located at 17846 Sierra Hwy in Canyon Country.
Call for reservations: (661) 252-5522.