I know they have the lame marketing all over I-5 and you get mesmerized by the windmill as you approach, but if you must come in here to eat, skip the pea soup. Their pea soup is pukey green and has a gritty, chalky texture. It doesn’t taste very good either…and I don’t like eating greenish paste.
If you MUST come here, get a burger. The burger I had was really good and my wife liked the Reuben she had. The fries can be hit or miss at times, depending on how busy it is. The rest of the menu is probably the same. One time, my wife ordered the pot roast and it was more like mystery meat. It looked like pot roast and smelled like pot roast, but she said it was like a canned “beef” product that lacked all the flavor characteristics of actual beef.
Service is spotty also…they didn’t seem to want to clear our table of our dirty dishes so we had to keep stacking the dishes on top of each other to make space for our entrees and then dessert. That was annoying.
Part of me wants to close the place down and turn it into an 80s gay club called "Wild Boys." Then I’d strap a mannequin dressed like Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon to the windmill to help draw in clubgoers. (Watch the Wild Boys video)
When I was a kid, visions of Hap-Pea and Pea-Wee used to get me excited as we drove up and down I-5. Nowadays, I’ll wait till I hit Kettleman City and go to In-N-Out.