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robstuff69 Mar 21, 2012 10:22 AM

A few year's back I saw a show where the host traveled to a working ranch somewhere in Central (coastal) California. If my memory serves me, the ranch had been in the same family for generations. Anyway, he was served great steaks and bbq. I was wondering if anyone nows where this place is and the show it was featured on? Is the ranch open to the public for dining?


  1. dave_c Mar 21, 2012 11:36 AM

    Not sure if this is the answer, but Harris Beef Ranch comes to mind.

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    1. re: dave_c
      ChinoWayne Mar 27, 2012 10:12 AM

      dave_c likely is correct, http://www.harrisranch.com/index2.php

      1. re: dave_c
        Claudette Mar 27, 2012 04:12 PM

        I think it's Harris Ranch, too, and we eat there regularly because it's conveniently located between here and LA, but I'm not sure that the steaks and bbq (or anything else) are all that "great."

        1. re: Claudette
          lboeckx Mar 27, 2012 05:54 PM

          I don't think of the Harris Ranch as coastal, but who knows?

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        lboeckx Mar 22, 2012 04:29 PM

        The Hitching Post in Casmalia?

        1. toodie jane Apr 4, 2012 07:54 PM

          No working ranch serving dinners as far as I know on the Central Coast.

          Could it be Hearst Ranch Beef that you heard of (Hearst as in Hearst Castle in San Simeon)? They do infrequent fund raisers for local non-profits at the private ranch including a hosted bbq dinner. The ranch has ben in the Hearst family ( of the publishing empire) since the late 1880's.

          There is a working ranch northeast of Psso Robles that works sort of like a dude ranch operation, and of course, that would mean you eat beef. Google ' Paso Robles dude ranch' or 'Paso ranch vacations' to find more info.

          Gosh, dredging the memory depths on this one, but was the show hosted by a young woman Corey, and a hunky young man? I think I remember it; it was produced by Edelman Productions out of SF. Back in the early days, late 90's, of Food TV. http://www.edelmanproductions.com/abo.... The female host of the ranch segment also hosted 'Ultimate Kitchens'.

          1. PolarBear Apr 5, 2012 04:18 AM

            Pretty sure TJ nailed this one as being Hearst San Simeon Ranch, I saw a rerun of it not too long ago. It was a part of the California Gold series by Huell Howser and he was shown the whole operation by the ranch manager Cliff, iirc. It was very interesting.

            There's a link to it in the left margin on their website:


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