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Game On At Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse

Howdy, Dallas diners!

How would y'all like to find a different sort of steakhouse destination? A real, Texan, unpretentious destination with a patio, good cocktail program, and more wild game than you could possibly eat in one sitting? Make you happier than a pig in mud? I've got just the thing to butter your biscuit.

Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse is owned by the second largest ranch in the country - you guessed it - YO Ranch. The namesake ranch is in Kerrville, Texas, and spans 50 square miles. Named after army captain Youngs O Coleman, and sold in 1888 to captain Charles Shriner, an original Texas ranger, the story of Y.O. Ranch is rich with history, and that makes dining at their restaurant even more exciting.

Serving an assortment of wild game from all over the country, Y.O. Ranch is the perfect destination to take visitors to Texas for the first time, or just for people who love wild game.

Chef Tony Street takes classic ingredients and prepares them with modern cooking techniques and gussies them up with a twang of Texas. Add to that a cocktail program that'll make you holler, and we've got a true Texas destination, y'all. A margarita and whiskey-based cocktail to celebrate, anyone?

Located in the historic Dallas West End, the feel of the space is dark and rustic, save the outdoor patio where we snapped the above photo of the first cocktails. (Forgive me if the rest of my photos are a tad dark. :) We were seated in one of their private dining rooms with limited natural light. )

Our game-a-palooza began with an appetizer sampling - the Wild Game Platter. The platter featured three different bites: bacon-wrapped venison with mozzarella and jalapeno, wild boar sausage link, and chicken fried quail breast. The appetizer menu also offers an Antelope Carpaccio, Frog Legs Meunière, Cured King Salmon, and a Crab Hoecake. I also noted the Deep Ellum Pimento Cheese Fritters, as I'm always on the hunt for anything featuring Pimento Cheese, or any cheese, really. :)

For our salad course, we enjoyed the Tomato Burrata Salad. Other salad selections include a house version, Caesar, and Wedge variety.

Cocktails interspersed throughout the meal featured a number of whiskey-based, vodka-based, or gin-based libations. There's also a hefty wine menu for pairing with your courses.

Miso Soy Glazed Seabass is just one of their seafood options, and it's a tasty one - perfectly flaky with a delightful miso soy glaze that made the fish buttery and melt on the tongue. I also took note of the Red Chile-Rubbed King Salmon. Or choose Shrimp & Grits or the featured fresh seafood dish of the day.

There are nearly a dozen choices from house steaks to the 44 Farms local 100% pure Texas Angus beef. You can accompany your steak in all sorts of ways, from adding grilled mushrooms and onions, to Oscar style, to a number of saucy additions, including roasted bone marrow and herb compund butter.

Their Buffalo Filet Au Poivre was featured on the Food Network, and easily the most tender buffalo I've ever eaten. Other wild game offerings include Venison Chops, Elk Tenderloin, Veal Chop, and more, including a Mixed Grill sampling entree' trio.

Y.O., of course, offers traditional steak sides like steamed asparagus, Portobello mushrooms, whipped potatoes, collard greens, baked potatoes, and fries...

But I loved the upgraded sides and starches, like the Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding (this one wowed  me- a savory feast for the senses). Also tempting me were the Gouda Mac & Cheese, Brown Butter sauteed spinach, Tobasco Goat Cheese Grits, and Maple Dijon roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon. So many delicious-sounding choices to accompany your meal!

For dessert, this little number caught me by surprise, not at all something you'd typically see at a steakhouse, but like I told y'all before, this place is different. Lemon brittle is topped with prickly pear sorbet and adorned with seasonal berries - a light, fresh, tart ending to our feast. All of the desserts, like everything else at Y.O., are made in house with the freshest ingredients available. They have signature namesake Apple Tart and Bread Pudding on the menu, along with a handful of other sweet indulgences.

Looking for a little something different or a place to give your visitors a taste of the Lone Star state?

Say yes to Texas, and make your reservation at Y.O. Ranch today! Game on!

YO Ranch Steakhouse
702 Ross Ave.
Dallas, TX 75202

*While our meal at YO was comped, as always, all thoughts and opinions remain my own.

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