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From Big Sur's killer cliff-clinging eateries to Salinas' unparalleled produce, this blog aims to sniff out all things Monterey County can stomach, via picture and prose, curiosity and appetite, hand and mouth.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

One Sheep's Story: Clint and Clyde

About a week ago, Clint Eastwood knelt low over “No. 36”—one of Mission Ranch’s iconic sheep had a shattered leg. (Eastwood owns MR.)

When my colleague asked me if I heard what happened next, there was only one word to mutter.


Nope. Eastwood, Banquet Director Michelle Alway reports, “decided that No. 36 deserved another chance, and gave the OK to drive him up to UC Davis Large Animal Teaching Hospital for surgery.”

No. 36 got a plate in his leg, a cast and a new name, applied courtesy of the UC Davis vets. He’s now called Clyde, after Clint’s sidekick oranguatan in Every Which Way But Loose.

Maybe I’m weird, but that makes me hungry for some Mission Ranch (625-9040) brunch.

It goes 10am-1:30pm Sundays, and might be the best one in the county at $29.95 per person ($13.95 for children age 5 through 12).

Chef Owen Appelt's menu, which includes a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa

Salad station
Fresh Fruit
Chinese Chicken/Napa Cabbage Salad
Caesar Salad
Traditional Salad Bar with Fresh Field Greens and Condiments
Other Assorted Seasonal Salads

Savory Station
Classic Eggs Benedict
Whole Baked Salmon with Dill/Crème Fraiche Sauce
Pasta Primavera
Prime Rib Beef Burritos with Mole Sauce
Mission Ranch Boston Clam Chowder

Omelet Station
(made to order with choice of fresh eggs or egg whites)
Fillings include:
Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Avocado, Tomato Salsa, Ham, Bell Peppers, Bacon, Zucchini, Red Onions, Scallions

Carving Station
Roast Prime Rib of Beef with a jus
Nueske Baked Ham

Traditional Breakfast items
(included on buffet)
Homemade Granola
Fresh Croissants and Rolls
French Toast with Pure Maple Syrup
Pork Sausages or Bacon
Home Fried Potatoes

Dessert Station
(freshly baked)
Coconut Cake
White Eclairs
Variety of Cheesecakes
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Lemon Bars
Chocolate Raspberry Cake
Key Lime Pie
Fresh Cookies
Fudge Brownies
Fresh Fruit Tarts