Tri-tip: the pride of Santa Maria. It seems to be the California equivalent of bratwurst in the midwest: it shows up at every summer grill-out. Also popular at stalls in farmer's markets (San Luis Obispo's comes to mind, and of course, in Santa Maria.) Make sure it's cut with -- or is it against? -- the grain...hmm, better look that up somewhere, I remember it being important but not the details.