Bites: Sublime Beef Short Rib, and a Smoky Cocktail

Photo credit: Courtesy of The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon

Cowboy ribeye and country-fried Texas quail star on the menu and there’s country-Western dancing at the adjacent saloon—The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon is about as American as it gets. So what’s with the Tasmanian dishes? The Ranch grows most of its own produce, but chef Michael Rossi seeks the best ingredients near and far. Playing starring roles are two dishes using meat from the rugged, pristine island state south of Australia: 24-hour-braised Cape Grim grass-fed-and-finished beef short rib, now served with pimento cheese grits, Brussels sprouts, and portobello mushrooms, above, and a starter of Robbins Island wagyu beef carpaccio with white Alba Clamshell mushrooms, wild arugula, black truffle, and Pecorino Romano—both unforgettable. Yeehaw! 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714-817-4200

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Huntington Beach was named for Henry Huntington, who built the “Red Car” L.A.-to-O.C. rail system in the early 1900s. Henry’s Ocean View Dining, the new fine-dining destination at the Waterfront Beach Resort, is also named for the magnate, and its cocktails honor him, too. The Conductor, above, is made with luxe WhistlePig 12-year Old World cask-finished rye whiskey, WhistlePig barrel-aged maple syrup, orange and cinnamon bitters, Luxardo cherry, and choice of woods, such as cherry or hickory, for smoking; think of it as an elevated Old-Fashioned presented tableside ($30). The Arabella—vodka-based, brûléed, and named for Huntington’s wife—suggests lemon meringue pie ($16). Waterfront Beach Resort, 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 714-845-8000

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