Ranch Dining — It’s Not Beans Over a Campfire

March 4, 2007 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

Remember meals in the old cowboy flicks, maybe even City Slickers or Blazing Saddles? Gathered around the ol’ campfire, tin plates, somebody serving up beans from an old cast iron pot? Well, wipe that picture out of your mind when you think about dining at Wildcatter Ranch. It’s civilized dining with a delicious Texas twist.

It was a “guest only” evening at the Wildcatter Steakhouse. And for our first dinner at theThe dining room ranch, we were invited to share our meal with some very down-to-earth folks who are responsible for creating the ambiance, comfort, food and fun on the ranch. They served up some of their best appetizers, wine from Texas vineyards and great menu choices. Steaks of all kinds and sizes. Ribs. Unique salads. I ordered a smaller ribeye, but it was Texas-sized to me and done to my satisfaction. (They pride themselves on meeting each guest’s preferences.) Creme brulee and a special bread pudding topped of the meal nicely. I tried chicken-fried steak another evening, a Texas favorite, and it was great — but again way too big for me as the steak Back porch diningcovered a huge plate!

If you want to know more, you can check the menu online. Oh, by the way, “comfort foods” are served on Sunday — the kind of things like your grandma may have served up for Sunday dinner.

“Bob the Cook,” as he prefers to be called, (instead of Executive Chef) and his wife, Sonja, have a large kitchen staff and everything is made from scratch. Breakfast is casual and complimentary, includes homemade pastries, plenty of fresh fruit and berries and an assortment of other items. Inside the Wildcatter SteakhouseGuests can request a boxed lunch and ours included big, thick roast beef sandwiches with homemade peanut butter cookies.

Now if you’d really rather eat beans from a chuckwagon, I’m sure they can arrange that, too.

NEXT: Ridin’, Roping and Shootin’

NOTES:
1) The Wildcatter Steakhouse is avaible to guests every day, but only Wednesday-Sunday for non-guest diners.
2) Bob the Cook has his own mix of herbs and seasonings that he uses on steaks, chicken and ribs. Bob’s meat rub blends are available in the small gift shop. I took some home with me and we’ve enjoyed grilling with them.
3) If you’re a wine buff, you’ll enjoy the large selection. While Bob features very fine Texas wines, he also offers a wide range of other selections. We were particularly fond of the Lightcatcher Winery Pinot Grigio that was chilling on our hearth when we arrived.
4) Meal, wine and cocktail prices were quite reasonable. If you’re trying to pinch a few pennies to afford a getaway, you can do so in the dining and still end up well fed. Appetizers ranged from $3-$10. Steaks topped out at $24, I believe. My chicken-fried steak was just $12 (and HUGE, tasty.) Dinner sandwiches were about $6 or $7.
5) Blowout Saloon. There’s a nice bar also if you like to lounge before the fireplace with a cocktail. The bar and steakhouse draw a huge local following, so if you want to hobnob with some of the local cowboys, ranchers or oil tycoons, that’s the place to be!

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