24505 W Dorris Ave
Coalinga, CA 93210
We’ve driven by this place whenever we’d drive to SF, but never had the chance to stop except maybe for gas. So on the recent trip, I decided that it’d be a good lunch stop on the way back to SoCal.
Yes, Harris Ranch is a real operating ranch. They are known for their beef, and serve it proudly in their restaurants. The website now even sells their meat online. It is also a hotel – it’d be an interesting place to stay. Reminds me of the Madonna Inn in SLO.
Outside the restaurant
Tri-tip being smoked outside
Western-style interior. I think most of the furniture is from real cowhide/cowhair
Cow-horn chair? It’s the first I’ve seen!
Food! First up: watermelon lemonade ($2.95). Yummy! Perfect for a hot summer day. Unlimited refills! Real watermelon juice with lemonade.
BBQ smoked tri-tip panini ($14.95). Pretty sizable portion! It was gooood….
610 1st St
Napa, CA 94559
Behind the Napa Valley Wine Train station
This is called a public market, but it’s more like a cluster of restaurants. You can find Three Twins Ice Cream, Hog Island Oysters, C Casa, Kara’s Cupcakes, Fatted Calf Charcuterie, a gourmet chocolate shop, etc. The restaurants line the sides of the building and the seating area is all around the center, much like a food court.
Great food and casual atmosphere. Check it out the next time you’re in Napa!
Three Twins Ice Cream – all organic. They have waffle cups, which I will definitely try next time!
Honey vanilla lavendar and lemon cookie ice cream. Around $3 for a scoop of 1-2 flavors, like the picture. Yes, this is considered 1 scoop!
C Casa: An Innovative Taqueria. It’s like a tapas-style place with really unique tacos (spiced lamb, chorizo, skirt steak with blue cheese, etc) and small plates.
I tried their local crab salad ($13). Loaded with crab meat, grapefruit, avocado and lettuce — it was refreshing and so good!