Andersen’s pea soup hits spot on long, bleak drive.

You’ve done the drive down the 5 from San Francisco. The only thing worse is when it rains.

You should stop every hour or so to stretch your legs and clear your mind, but every minute you stop is another minute later you get home.

Then, two hours out of San Francisco, Pea Soup Andersen’s beckons.

A hot cup of coffee …

Special seasonings …

Free butter …

And a bottomless bowl of pea soup!

I'm also a sucker for the real tableclothes, polite service, and Scandiavian decor. Andersen’s turns 87 this year.

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(All Photos by John Rabe.)

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