Saturday, July 11, 2009
Day One of my road trip to the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton took me up Interstate 5 yesterday, where my first stop was for lunch at Harris Ranch. Like many travelers throughout the Golden State, I usually plan any trip that takes me along I-5 around a stop for a meal at the famous inn and restaurant, where they serve the incredible Harris Ranch beef. Lunch was one of the best hamburgers I've ever tasted!
My mouth started watering as soon as I arrived and smelled the delicious smokey scent wafting through the air. I stopped to talk to the barbeque chef, Jose, who explained that he was barbequeing prime ribs, which were being cut up and served for lunch. Not wanting to risk falling asleep at the wheel during the second half of my trip, I decided against the full prime rib lunch.
Harris Ranch is owned by one of California's most recognized agribusinessmen, John Harris, whose family came to central California in 1937. Harris, the current Chair of the California Horse Racing Board, oversees a vast farming operation, one of California's largest beef feeding and processing plants, a Thoroughbred breeding and training farm, and the famous Harris Ranch Restaurant and Inn. For more information about John Harris and Harris Ranch, check out my Owner Profile -- "John Harris, Continuing a California Legacy" -- at Owners' Circle magazine online.
The road trip continues, and I will be posting photos from the Alameda County Fair shortly!