Family took grandpa out for his birthday a few weeks ago and he chose…Wood Ranch. Apparently he loves the place. Didn’t know grandpa had the palate of a high school Chris Hei (used to love it back then, and went to the one at The Grove a bunch of times). Jokes aside, Wood Ranch ain’t too shabby. Comparable to Bandera in my opinion, but you don’t need to be 50+ and have a smoking jacket to feel like you belong (cheaper too).
I was a fatty and got the BBQ combo of three: tri-tip, baby back ribs, and roasted chicken. The tri-tip is supposed to be one of their signatures, but they refuse to serve it under medium. And even though I ordered it as such, it came out on the well-done side. Tasted decent, but the doneness of the meat killed any tri-tip libido. Same with the lifeless chicken, which I only got to counter the BBQ red meats. The ribs, however, were pretty good. A little heavy-handed with the sauce, but were juicy and flavorful. If grandpa wants to come back, I’m getting a slab of ribs, and nothing else.
Chris Hei grade: B-
Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill
400 S Baldwin Ave, Store R5
Arcadia, CA 91007