The steak I had at The Ranch was excellent. That was the good part. This is basically a Ruby Tuesdays with ordinary wine bottles on the wall. Our bill for four, with one bottle of wine and tip was $364.00. The service was awful for a restaurant with this ones pretensions. At a good restaurant you shouldn’t know the server is there, except to take your orders. We were in a booth so that is more difficult though. However I would not expect the server to lean against the back of the booth, listen to our conversation and then join in, relating his experiences. We were constantly asked if everything was all right, if we needed more ice tea, etc. If a glass is empty, fill it! If a plate is clear, remove it! The worst was, granted it's my pet peeve, we were asked to cut into our steaks to see if they were prepared properly. My wife jumped in before I could go irate and asked sweetly if their cook didn’t know how to cook steaks? I didn’t know what marketer came up with this phrase but it drives me nuts. Good thing for them I didn’t cut into it. The steaks were brought to the table in a fashion I had never seen before. They were just off the grill, not given a chance to sit, so when I did cut into it, it was rare, not medium rare as ordered, and burn the roof of your mouth hot. A good restaurant knows to let steaks sit. By the time mine cooled, it was medium rare. A good restaurant knows that steaks continue to cook after removal from heat.
Ok, good steak, obtrusive service, but how was the rest of the food. Beet salad very good, stuffed mushrooms awful, not sure if they were stuffed or not, as a quarter to half inch of glutinous cheese was melted over tiny mushrooms. Should microwaves be allowed in restaurants? Worst stuffed mushrooms ever had. Grilled asparagus I expected, hoped, to be al dente, not mushy. They weren’t mushy, just not grilled, were crunchy and stringy. No sides were finished even when I tried to palm them off on others. Rolls were good. I don’t like merlot, just tasted this wine, was muddier than usual. Other than the steaks, rolls and beets, the sides ranged from below average to bad. I would have rated higher but at this price expected everything to be good, it wasn't. Rare for me to leave so much on my plates.
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