Monday, December 08, 2014
Rate-A-Restaurant #338: Harris Ranch
(Pic by Bunrab.com)
Restaurant: Harris Ranch
Location: 24505 West Dorris Avenue (Coalinga, Calif.)
Type of restaurant: Steak and American
We stipulated: We drive up the 5 at least once a year to visit San Francisco. And every year, we consider visiting Harris Ranch, but never do. But this year, the timing was right to stop at Harris Ranch just in time for lunch. We were ready to stop in Coalinga.
They stipulated: "You will be treated to a mouth-watering menu of Harris Ranch Restaurant Reserve Beef. We have designed the menu around the fruits and vegetables we grow and creatively showcase the West’s Best Beef in classic Harris Ranch dishes such as our Award-Winning Pot Roast, Tri Tip Sandwich and Barbeque Beef Ribs." Also: For pilots flying in for lunch, "For your convenience, Harris Ranch has a 2,800 foot landing strip that is paved and lighted along the south side of the main complex. Self-serve 100 LL Aviation Fuel is available 24 hours a day."
What we ordered: HARRIS RANCH POT ROAST (winning tender slow roasted beef brisket, garlic mashed red skin potatoes, brown gravy & farm fresh vegetables $19.95); SLICED MARINATED TRI-TIP (Seasoned with Kosher salt and cracked black peppercorns,served with garlic mashed red skin potatoes, brown gravy & farm fresh vegetables $23.95); kids pizza.
High point: The acorn squash side was fantastic. I'd love to eat more.
Low point: The gravy.
Overall impression: An oasis on the terribly dull I-5 freeway journey to San Francisco. Definitely worth the stop. But food-wise, just OK. The pot roast good could have used a bit more flavor. We appreciated the big menu -- the veggies were probably the best part. (I know, strange to say for Harris Ranch, where the beef should be the star.) Also appreciated the great kids menu.
Will we return: If the timing is right, I'd definitely stop again for lunch or dinner at Harris Ranch. It beats most of the food choices on the 5.