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Santa Fe's Favorite 'Sophisticated' Barbecue House

By Kelly Church

Born from a favorite barbecue joint in Santa Fe, NM, The Ranch House is a family restaurant specializing in the same smoked meats the community loved at Josh's Barbecue. Owner Josh Baum and his wife Ann Gordon opened The Ranch House in 2011 after Josh's Barbecue outgrew its space. The Ranch House expanded the menu and presented plates in a more "sophisticated setting," with the restaurant being described as "not your average barbeque joint."

"I think we have a beautiful atmosphere, but we are still casual," Baum says. "We are an any occasion restaurant. You can stop in for a quick bite or celebrate a special occasion."

Inside the restaurant is simple, but elegant, with tables large enough to accommodate family and group dinners. It maintains a typical Santa Fe style, pulling from the traditional adobe look with southwestern décor. Baum is originally from Santa Fe and although spending many of his culinary years outside the city, he and his wife moved back to the culture he loves. The menu only enhances The Ranch House's southwestern feel.

"We have a varied menu," Baum says. "Our first restaurant Josh's Barbecue was just what it sounds like- a barbeque joint. The Ranch House is much more. We have steaks, seafood and some New Mexican food. We also have great salads. But, if it's your first time, you have to get our red chile honey glazed baby back ribs."

The Ranch House specialties include enchiladas with sharp cheddar cheese, refried beans, calabacitas and customer's choice of red or green chile; the green chile brisket burrito with sharp cheddar cheese, potatoes and refried beans; salmon tacos with remoulade, pico de gallo, green chile slaw, refried beans and calabacitas; pork belly tacos with an apple cider vinegar barbecue sauce, green chile slaw, refried beans and calabacitas; barbecue shrimp pasta with penne noodles, a parmesan cream sauce and brown butter barbecue glazed shrimp. They also serve a unique macaroni and cheese dish, with cheddar, Parmesan and mascarpone cheeses with toasted bread crumbs on top.

The menu doesn't stop there. There's a variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, smoked meat plates, grilled options, burgers, sides and desserts. All menu items are made without added MSG or partially hydrogenated oils. A portion of the company's meats is sourced locally from New Mexico ranchers and hormone and antibiotic free, as are dairy ingredients from farms that encourage open grazing.

"We are dedicated to always improving our restaurant," Baum says. "Whether that is searching out the best quality ingredients like our Meyer Ranch steaks, we are always striving to improve our guest's experience."

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