How To Eat A Cheese Steak Sandwich by Oliepants

A road trip from San Francisco to San Diego would be nothing without stopping at one of the most iconic and scenic locations along Highway 1 – Big Sur.  No word would better describe Big Sur other than ‘picturesque’.

And it’s like this all along the way.  Talk about beautiful.  Binks and I got out numerous times to take pictures.

There are a couple of different things we did not know about the Big Sur areas.

1.  Restaurants are few along the coast.  

Luckily we stopped (Binks insisted without Yelp help) at Ripplewood Resort.

A quaint place for a quick lunch.

I ordered the cheese steak sandwich.  There goes any healthy eating out the window.  When on vacation, you can just about guarantee that if a dish comes with fries, I will order it.

Fact: I’m addicted to french fries.

I pretty much got fries with a side of sandwich – just the way I like it.

Binks got the fries also, with a side of ‘kobe’ burger.

Before I tell you my new favorite find, I want to tell you another story.

When I was in college and gaining the Freshman 50, I was obsessed with ranch.  I really would just use it as a condiment for everything – fries, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, veggies.  You name it, I could dunk it in ranch.

Now, I’ve given up those days and changed my routine a bit.

But, some things will never change.  Like this:

There is no better way to eat a cheese steak sandwich than my way.  I’m sure of it.  It requires (1) ranch and (2) Tabasco sauce.  

First, the ranch.  You can’t pick up any old bottle of ranch (you could, but it wouldn’t be exactly the same).  You gotta pick up your favorite ranch – the creamy, drippy, buttermilk ranch.  You just gotta.

Second, the Tabasco.  It has to be the red Tabasco – the Original.

Now, the process.  There are two ways you can do this.  First, you dunk your bite of cheese steak into the ranch, then, you lift it and add Tabasco to the dunked area.  Then, take a bite.

The other way is to mix the ranch and the Tabasco together so you can save your self some time and judging eyes by other patrons or spouses.

Either way, it’s delicious.  I’m drooling as I type.  Judge me.  But, then join me.  You won’t look back.

Now, Ripplewood Resort had no idea I was coming.  I don’t think anything would have been different if they did – but moving on…

The ranch wasn’t runny.  It was thick.  It will do.

The Tabasco was not Tabasco.  It was better.

Meet my new favorite find:

I had no expectations as I was looking forward to Tabasco.  This was OFF THE CHIZZAIN!!  I could clearly taste the freshness.  The garlic and pepper really stood out.  Perfection in a bottle.  And if you know me, you will know that I can go ape shit for hot sauce.

Mind you, I’m not from California and I have never tried this.  For you California residents, is this normal in your neck of the woods?  This hot sauce might be reason enough for me to move there.

Binks was in love too.

He ended up using it on his burger.

I became my college-self.  Dunking bread, beef, fry and every vegetable into the pepper sauce.  Except this time, I could have cared less about the ranch.  Other patrons, namely the one guy sitting to my right, were watching.  I stopped out of embarrassment.  But not without putting one last fry into my mouth.

I looked up the Pepper Plant upon arriving to Texas and I think I’m going to order a few bottles (i.e. Original and Habanero Hot).

Are you a fan of ranch?  What do you use it on?  Is it a guilty pleasure?  Are you willing to try my cheesecake routine?  



Filed under Favorites, garlic, Life, Lunch, Uncategorized, Vacation

12 responses to “How To Eat A Cheese Steak Sandwich by Oliepants

  1. “OFF THE CHIZZAIN!!” haha
    I love all kinds of hot sauce and anything spicy. Haven’t had a cheese steak sandwich in years but I would def be open to trying it your way!

  2. OMG you had me drooling! And I’m not even a fan of ranch!! But I am a fan of cheese steaks!! And tabasco 🙂 Must find that variety!!

  3. YES! There is nothing better than using ranch or some variation of it (I like buffalo sauce and ranch mixed- similar I’m sure) as a dipping sauce. It’s amazing!

  4. Is it really better than tabasco? I love hot sauce. No lie, we have a 1 gallon bottle of tababco in our kitchen. I use it to refill the smaller bottle that we leave on the dining table.

  5. I notice that I spell everything wrong when I use my phone to comment… just saying.

  6. Wow, Big Sur is quite gorgeous! Whats Binks got against the Yelp?Thats where I find allllll my stuff!

    So I didn’t discover ranch dressing with french fries until freshman yr of college on a trip to Hardee’s one night. I blame my weight gain on that night alone. I adore hot sauce though and put it on pretty much everything.

  7. My mouth is watering just reading about that combo! I am almost afraid to try it…too easy to get hooked 🙂

    I love fries with a side of burger!

  8. Hahaha! Love this post!
    Yes, I adore ranch. I don’t eat it often, I try to save it for special occasions. My most favorite way to eat it is to dip my pizza crust in it! There’s a local place in Cleveland that has the best pizza ever so when we “eat in” at the restaurant I can’t resist the ranch! 🙂

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  10. Amy

    i want french fries right now bc of that picture haha yummmm!!

    isnt big sur awesome???

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