Hickory Ranch Steak House takes the steak in its name seriously. All of the steaks here are certified 100% USDA-choice Angus beef, and so are the burgers?the Black Label burger, for example, consists of a blend of Angus cuts, including short rib. The rest of the menu focuses on seafood and hearty meat dishes, from beer-battered or grilled shrimp to rotisserie chicken and spare ribs rubbed in a Texas spice blend. Frosty margaritas and bottled American craft beers pair well with the savory plates. As for entertainment, the restaurant's big-screen TV often shows extreme sports, such as motocross and basketball games where the players don't wear helmets.
Highland Springs Resort's friendly staff has been welcoming guests since 1884. The present-day grounds include a thousand-year-old black oak tree in the Cherry Valley foothills, more than 20 acres of farmland ripe with organic herbs, and miles of hiking trails accessible with a visitor guest pass. The deluxe inn room, which echoes the resort's rustic, simple feel, hides behind green and growing charms, including gardens, vined verandas, and plumes of shrubbery rearranged daily by millions of heavy-lift butterflies. Located roughly 80 miles from San Gabriel, Highland Springs Resort is close enough to bookend your work week without spending all of it in the car.
The chefs at Mill Creek Cattle Co. serve up an expansive menu of slow-smoked meats amid a boot-stomping array of vivid Wild West–inspired décor. Each morning, the Mill Creek meat mavens awake to blend another batch of custom barbecue sauce—a tangy mix of bell peppers, onions, chili peppers, tomato sauce, and secret seasonings—to be slathered on slabs cooked over an aromatic, citrus-wood smoker. Tuck teeth into the harmonious flavors of the pulled and occasionally pushed pork ($14.95), or compose melodies on the meaty xylophone of the original baby back ribs ($21.95 for a full rack). The fried steak ($15.95) tramples appetites under a stampede of battered beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cornbread, served with a side of honey butter churned by extraordinarily strong bees. A 25-ounce root-beer float ($3.95) helps to soothe oversauced incisors, and hot chocolate ($2) can provide a mahogany hue to prized coonskin caps.
Steer 'n Stein Restaurant knows steak. They've been firing up their grill and serving the good folks of Southern California since 1967. Their vast menu includes steakhouse favorites, including slabs of ribs, burgers and a literal pile of onion rings. Bring your appetite and the whole family to Steer 'n Stein and enjoy hearty portions and delicious flavor. Not sure what steak to choose? Their friendly staff will be able to recommend the perfect cut to satisfy your craving. Wash it down with a 32 oz. Super Steins beer and you'll be dreaming of your meal for days.
For a traditional restaurant feel, Ye Old Lamplighter is your place. They're known for their hearty American classic beef dishes, and everyone's favorite is their "melt in the mouth" prime rib dinner. Make a reservation, though, as they only serve it on Friday and Saturday nights. But don't fret if you can't make it then - they serve delicious steaks and fish dishes all week long. For extra fun, plan to visit on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for their karaoke nights!
Duane’s is more than just prime steaks and fine wines; it’s a historical landmark. Or, rather, it’s located inside of one—The Mission Inn. Formerly a 12-room boarding house, the now-opulent hotel has hosted 10 U.S. presidents over the years. Toast their legacy with an aptly named Herbert Hoover Lemon Drop martini.