Wednesday, July 10, 2013

5 South: Coalinga, Harris Ranch Restaurant

Harris Ranch Restaurant  Exit 334.  Surrounded by tall palms, this spot appears like an oasis on the horizon.  The complex features Early California hacienda-style architecture and consists of a gas station, hotel, and restaurant/gift shop.  The ranch is known for its beef but also grows vegetables, fruit, and nuts.  The restaurant uses their own choice beef exclusively and serves more than 2,000 meals each day.  Popular menu items include the Gourmet Ranchburger, made with that tasty beef and served on a housemade cheese-bread bun (all breads and pastries are made in-house), and a delicious prime rib sandwich with grilled onions and mushrooms.  A more substantial Barbecued Beef Bones dinner consists of three big ribs cooked in a tangy barbecue sauce served with a delicious spinach salad side.  More options:  sandwiches, salads, Mexican items, breakfast items (available all day), and great pies.  Little Ranch Hands meals for children under 10 include a choice of hamburger, grilled cheese sandwich, barbecued beef rib, or hot dog, and all are served with french fries and a horse-shaped sugar cookie. 
    Any wait during prime dining times can be spent browsing in the Country Store gift shop.  If you’d like to take home some of their flavorful steaks, ask to have them vacuum-sealed and they will stay fresh for approximately 4 hours.  And don’t forget to pick up some baked goods for the family to munch on in the car and for the next day’s breakfast. 
    If you arrive here tired, you can spend the night at the adjacent Harris Ranch Inn.  123 rooms; $-$$.  Heated pool; 3 hot tubs; fitness room. 

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