The Cuisine Scene
Hickory Ranch Steakhouse
While I love to explore
different towns and various restaurants, I’ve found nothing to beat
Hickory Ranch Steakhouse right here in Yucaipa. It’s consistent as a
comfortable place to go whether I’m in my jeans or dressed a little
nicer, and the food is homemade and offered at a reasonable price.
I discovered this wonderful
restaurant not too long after I moved to Yucaipa from Minnesota four
years ago. A friend had ordered a salad to go and it was humongous, so
I wanted to try their dinners.
I only had one problem: as a
single lady who knew few people, I didn’t have anyone to accompany me,
and I was a bit hesitant to walk into a restaurant alone, especially at
the dinner hour. Yet I didn’t want to start my new life being dependent
on someone else, so I determined to try it before the dinner rush.
Several days later, around
four-thirty in the afternoon, I walked through their doors and was
shown to a small booth. I love those booths. They’re perfect for those
of us who sometimes eat alone--comfortable, yet small enough so we’re
not awkward as a single in a huge booth. And the wait-staff chatted
briefly and made me feel welcome. Oh, how important that was at that
time. Still is, actually.
Before I even looked at the
menu, I felt I’d found the perfect place for me. The atmosphere was
relaxing with soft lighting and just enough of a Western motif to be
casual without being hokey. And while they have tables for those who
prefer them, they also have cushy regular-sized booths as well as
horseshoe-shaped ones for larger parties.
But the pièce de résistance is
the food. Whether I’m in the mood for a good sandwich, a beef burger or
my favorite, a buffalo burger, or a complete meal, I like the choices
offered and the fresh taste.
Sandwiches include their house
specialty of chicken or beef with teriyaki or barbecue sauce sautéed
with onions, green peppers and mushrooms for $8.99, and includes a
choice of French fries, cole slaw, ranch beans or a cup of soup.
Homemade soup, I might add, one of two made daily. And their French
fries are the larger ones, crispy and delicious.
For the same price, they have
a Reuben with corned beef, sauerkraut and cheese on grilled rye, a
pulled pork, a chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions,
and a barbecue beef on a bun.
I’ve tried most of them and
loved them, but my favorite is the beef dip for $9.99. Thin-sliced
Angus beef sirloin trimmed of fat and served on a homemade French roll.
I love it Southern-style, piled high with cole slaw, which is also how
I prefer a barbecue or a pulled pork sandwich. It can be messy eating,
but it’s worth it. I just make sure I have plenty of napkins.
If I want something light,
I’ll order one of their six different salads, maybe a Chinese chicken
salad with charbroiled chicken, Mandarin oranges, chow mein noodles,
carrots, cabbage, and celery on mixed greens for $9.99. Or, for the
same price, a Greek salad with homemade Greek dressing. Perhaps I’ll
have a Cobb salad, or a chicken southwestern salad with olives,
avocado, red onions and cheese. Their new menu includes a chipotle
steak salad with Angus beef steak served with avocado, black beans,
Pepper Jack cheese and tortilla strips, tossed with a Chipotle dressing
And of course there are pasta
dishes. Spaghetti, fettuccini Alfredo with blackened chicken breast,
and shrimp scampi penne, which is shrimp sautéed in a scampi butter
served with tomatoes and penne pasta topped with Parmesan cheese for
$17.99. All their pasta dishes are served with soup and garlic bread,
or you can trade the soup for salad for 99 cents.
But I love the roast turkey
dinners for $11.99. Makes me wonder why I’d ever spend all day cooking
a turkey and face the cleanup when Hickory Ranch does it so well. On an
average, they roast 3 cases of turkey breasts each week, so they’re
always fresh. None of that pressed meat for them, thank goodness. And
of course they use real potatoes, so their dinners and hot sandwiches
always taste homemade.
Sometimes I’ll have their
roast beef dinner with sliced Certified Angus beef prime rib for
$14.99, or their 8-oz charbroiled pork chops for $14.99. Also on the
menu is salmon with rice pilaf for $14.99, and lamb shank with mint
jelly for $10.99. They even have liver and onions, which I might break
down and have one day. That’s on my list of things to try along with
green tea ice cream. But not tomorrow or next week, though. Too many
other things come first, such as the swordfish and halibut they’ve
added to the new menu.
But last night when Kathryn
and I had dinner, I chose the fried shrimp, another favorite. As with
their other entrees which include charbroiled baby back ribs, a 1/2
rack for $15.99 and a full for $21.99, half of a rotisserie chicken for
$10.99, and their English beer-battered fish & chips for $11.99,
we’re offered soup and two choices of sides including seasonal
vegetables, corn, cole slaw, ranch beans, fried, baked yam, baked
potato, rice, garlic mashed potatoes and regular mashed potatoes.
Kathryn had the French onion
soup and the 8-oz halibut steak fillet with lemon dill sauce for
$14.99. She said her soup was deliciously filled with cheese and the
halibut moist and flaky.
And we’ve only touched on
their beef dishes, either their Certified Angus Beef for their 10-oz
rib eye for $18.99, their 18-oz prime rib for $16.99, or their USDA
Choice porterhouse, a huge 18-oz steak for $28.99, a top sirloin for
$15.99 or the regular size or the petite filet mignon 7-oz for $17.99.
When I visited their kitchen,
they were cooking a steak over an open grill and the delicious aroma
almost made me change my order from shrimp to steak.
Hickory Ranch has more to
their menu, add-ons such as ribs, chicken, or shrimp, for a reduced
price when added to any entrée. Kathryn and I shared their fried
zucchini appetizers, but they also have beer-battered onion rings as
well as spinach & artichoke dip. Next time we'll try the onion
blossom, a jumbo onion flower served with Southwestern sauce for $5.99.
They also have daily specials
and selections for seniors. Then there’s their wine selection, mixed
drinks, bottled and draught beers. Their Sports Bar features a big
screen TV and Monday night football and Friday night Karaoke. They even
have a banquet room in the back. Truly, this family-owned restaurant
has something for everyone.
Best of all, they’re opening
again for lunch on the 1st of October. Can't wait. So bring your
appetite and maybe I'll see you there.
Sunday 9am-9pm, Serving Sunday breakfast 9am-2pm