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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant - Coalinga

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I've driven past the Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant in Coalinga countless times during trips up and down the West Coast. Since we already took a detour to visit the Centennial Light, I figured we might as well take another detour for food as well.

Since lil' sis was sick, I figured a bowl of soup would do her better than an In-N-Out burger, our usual stop-off food.

Harris Ranch is a ranch, so expect the requisite cow smells when nearby. At least it didn't smell like that inside the restaurant. Various cuts of beef, in case you didn't know.

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Does every ranch have to have cow decor?

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There was a little wait, so we browsed the gift shop.

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Horehound candy. So old-fashioned.

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I totally thought this was made up, but the ingredients listed buffaloberry juice and it turns out there really is a buffaloberry!

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Mmm. Must stay away from sweets.

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Just so you know it's not all beef here.

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Finally, our table was ready. The requisite rustic ranch decor.

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I got an iced tea and the soup came with the meal.

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An 8 oz baseball-cut top sirloin, $22.95, which came with a choice of sides and soup or salad. We chose the above cream of broccoli soup and garlic mashed potatoes.

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Cooked medium rare. The beef was tender. While not the best steak I've ever had, I mean we were on a ranch after all, it was good and a welcome break while on the road.

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California burger, $11.95, Jack cheese, crispy bacon, fresh guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, red onion, and pickles and a choice of fries. I picked sweet potato, of course.

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A little pricey but a solid burger.

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While I wouldn't specifically go to Harris Ranch unless I was passing through, it was a welcome break from driving. We enjoyed a leisurely meal and gave our legs a break. Plus, it was lil' sis's birthday trip, so a nicer ending than fast food.

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But living out here? I couldn't do it. Too hot and desolate for me.

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Back on the road again. Only a few days away, but it seems like forever, yeah? And my curiosity during all those times driving up and down I-5 was satisfied. Think lil' sis would be up for House of India or Pea Soup Andersons? :P

All Northern California posts can be found with the tag, Series: NorCal, but I suggest reading this particular trip in this order:
Persian Dill Rice
Chai Thai Noodles - Oakland
Pho Ga Huong Que Cafe - Oakland
Fentons Creamery & Restaurant - Oakland
Chinatown - San Francisco
Eastern Bakery - San Francisco (Chinatown)
House of Nanking - San Francisco (Financial District)
Banana Leaf Restaurant - Milpitas
Jovino - San Francisco (Marina/Cow Hollow (Closed)
Miette Patisserie (Ferry Building) - San Francisco (Embarcadero) 
Butterfly Restaurant (Pier 33) - San Francisco (Embarcadero)
Imperial Tea Court (Ferry Building) - San Francisco (Embarcadero)
Sura Korean Cuisine - Oakland
Centennial Light (World's Longest Lasting Light Bulb) - Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Station 6 - Livermore
Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant - Coalinga
Chao Ga (Vietnamese Chicken Rice Porridge)
Chinese Scallion Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
24505 W Dorris Ave
Coalinga, CA 93210
6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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  1. Nice! I always stop at Harris Ranch whenever I drive up north when my parents. It makes me like red meat. That California burger looks delish.

  2. I like just about everything I've eaten at Harris Ranch. And to change the subject, Harris Ranch also has nice, clean bathrooms. Always welcome on a long trip.

  3. Anna,
    This was my first and only visit. I usually drive right past.

    Scrapper Al,
    Oh definitely. Nice, clean bathrooms are always a good thing to have on a trip.


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