We're always searching for a new spot for some upscale eats in Anaheim and the surrounding area, given that we're in town every year for an annual convention. This year, we found The Ranch - and it fit the bill of upscale while also not making it austere by any means.
First off, the Saloon is to the left - replete with a nice sized line-dancing floor and bar - and completely separate from the restaurant. Clientele seemed genuine as we perked in simply out of curiosity!
The barely 20-something hostesses were one part of the indicators that this is a "new school" old-school establishment. Lots of dark wood, that ranch house in Montana flavor for decor, with modern touches. Nice bar - not very big - with an ample selection of poisons (including vintage rums, very nice).
All around, it has a nice feel - not hokey or overblown (like a Cracker Barrel), very tasteful/thoughtful.
We had a table nearby and were taken care of by another younger waitstaff who overall did a good job. The only sticking point was the wine - a nice bottle of Dunn (understatement!) that she couldn't get the wax seal off of and required my direct assistance (at my insistence - no wax in the wine, please!!). Otherwise food came out in a leisurely but not lengthy timeframe between courses.
For meals, we avoided the Prix fixe menu and went for the meat directly. The small filet was beautiful. The loin chops were mouth watering. The veggies were even superb. And if you fail to order the mashed potatoes - it's your loss.
Dessert was not quite as stellar - though we did only order sorbet. We tried kumquat on the servers high recommendation - and it fell verrrry short in the opinion of 3 pallets. The tangerine did marginally better.
The Pyrat rum, however, was a winner and splurging for it was a great call. The fact that the sommelier brought tastings of 3 choices sealed that decision.
All told, a good place for better than the norm eats. Not amazing - but surely good. Best thing I can possibly say in this case is: we'll be back next year and this goes on the same list as Napa Rose and The Hobbit.
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