This restaurant is like an oasis on a hot day. It is cool and comfortable inside. In the winter, the luxurious wood paneling makes the restaurant warm and cozy.
If you eat here (rather than lounge in the classic bar), order the 10 ounce filet mignon steak for $28.95. This may be the best item on the menu. Some items are excellent, and some items are not quite as good. In past visits, we were not as happy with the less expensive cuts of meat. This is a steak house, so ordering a steak or prime rib is a good idea. Ordering the better cuts will result in greater satisfaction. Some steaks offered are incredibly large.
The gazpacho (soup) is served cold, ideal on a hot day. It is served thick, mildly spiced. It is a signature of the restaurant, found no better elsewhere, also sold to go by the pint. The bowl is huge, so order the smaller size unless you have a huge appetite or want to take some home. The cost for the cup is $3.95 and the bowl is $5.95. The gazpacho comes with tortilla chips, ideal for dipping.
The salad is also huge. Best to order the small for $3.95 rather than the large for $5.95. The house dressing is a vinaigrette. We found the dressing taste a bit too strong, so thousand island or ranch may be better. For $2 extra, a generous helping of Bay Shrimp will be added to the salad.
The filet mignon came with a large baked potato, served with sour cream, butter, bacon, chives, and parmesan cheese. The server spoons out as much as the diner desires and will bring more upon request. The meal also came with a small bit of delicious raspberry sorbet, which refreshes the pallet. A delicious mild sauce is also served in which to dip the meat and enhance the flavor.
My companion and I asked for an extra plate to share the filet mignon, which had no gristle and very little fat. We had it served medium and it was cooked to perfection, very tender.
We could not order dessert because the portions were so large that we had no room left.
The employees were very professional, attentive, welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere is informal in a formal setting. The décor is beautiful, classic western, with plaques representing all the local cattle brands on the walls, classic photographs and artifacts in the western theme. The seating is leather décor, plush and comfortable. Ask for a booth in the back and get the best romantic setting.
The service isn't really slow. Dining is leisurely, with no pressure to hurry, so let your server know if you are in a hurry. The meal can be served quite rapidly if someone needs to move on soon. In the plush atmosphere, one may decide to take it slow, like we did. Not rushing, we were out the door in under one hour.
Although the restaurant opened in 1952, the establishment is well maintained and clean. We have been patronizing this restaurant for over 20 years and it is just as nice as it was on our first visit, probably even better.
The only negative in the dining experience were some pesky flies which a swatter could have disposed of in a couple of minutes. This is the first visit in which we had a problem with flies, which are pesky only in certain months.
The restrooms were clean and well stocked. They looked modern and recently upgraded. Ample Free Parking is available immediately out front.
The bar opens earlier than the 5PM dinner time and is a good place to relax before dining. There is free cheese and crackers in the waiting area for the restaurant. The restaurant is open for lunch, too, closing around 2PM until dinner. The restaurant closed on the 4th of July, so if you plan to visit on a holiday, make sure it will be open.
If you are driving through town and don't know the area, take business 99 exit from either side of town. The restaurant is on 16th St (business 99) at M Street. The detour off of the freeway is less than 5 minutes and well worth it if you want a good meal in a nice environment.
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