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The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon

1025 E. Ball Rd. (S. Lewis St.) Send to Phone
Former Napa Rose chef strikes gold with a venue that brings contemporary fare and a seemingly endless wine list to a rustic setting.
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The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon Restaurant Review

: Located on the ground floor of an office building, adjacent to a lively country-western dance hall, this Anaheim venue boasts one of the region’s quirkiest addresses. Inside its heavy doors lies an eatery that revels in attention to detail, from the warm lighting that juxtaposes against dark banquettes to the sleek woods and nuanced colors. Executive chef Michael Rossi, who first achieved widespread acclaim in Orange County at Napa Rose just a few blocks away, delivers a creative study in contemporary cuisine that helps set the benchmark for OC dining. Rossi’s skill and unrelenting quest for the finest ingredients --- many of which are grown on the restaurant’s farm --- result in dishes that carry unforgettable flavors. Freshly baked popovers with daily-made preserves are a must to begin the meal, while the Kobe-style beef carpaccio with black truffle and tuna crudo with orange are inspired starters. Mains are smartly composed, as in the salmon with black quinoa and the lamb chops with pumpkin, merguez sausage, olives, chickpeas and harissa. This kitchen craftsmanship is matched by a jaw-dropping wine list; a massive tome of more than 14,000 domestic and foreign labels that virtually guarantees that there will be something on hand to ideally match your mood and the occasion. Desserts, like the PBJ and milk chocolate bar, and the buttered popcorn ice cream, are sweetly whimsical. If you are headed next door for dance, be sure to stop in here to indulge in one of the handcrafted cocktails or a selection from the deep roster of fine spirits.

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