Harris Ranch 2007/8
We're thinking of/planning to stay at Harris Ranch in about a week--overnight en route from Palm Spring area home to San Francisco. Maybe we're thinking ironically--maybe just being curious. Last posts about Harris Ranch I see on Chowhound are from 2005. Has anyone been there, say, within the last six to nine months? Want to warn us off? Tell us what to order?
We stayed there in June 07 in route to the Eggs by the Bay fest. It is a really quaint place. In the summer, the cattle were quite ripe, but I understand it is not as bad in the winter. Great steaks and nice wine list in the restaurant. Really good fresh baked pastries in the morning.
We use a butcher who gets some of his beef from Harris Ranch and the hamburgers are superb. I almost think this is what makes them so fabulous at the Hungry Cat in Santa Barbara - they take the humble hamburger to .... a whole 'nuther level .... so here is hoping one can still have a good meat dining experience there.
We stay/eat there about twice a year. They don't charge room tax so we usually upgrade the room a bit and have a nice late afternoon. In the steakhouse they will do a split charge of $6-7 and its plenty for two. Stop worrying that the diners are French Laundry are getting a better meal and enjoy. It's still the best bet for a nice stop on your route.