Mealtime at the ranch: An Outstanding Tradition
You'll soon discover that at the Flying U Ranch the meals will be one of the most memorable parts of your stay. The dinners kick things off with socializing and drinks in the saloon followed by a delicious meal served up in our open beamed dining hall featuring carefully crafted and regionally inspired dishes. The sit-down dinners are served on ranch style solid Oak tables for 8 to 10 guests where you will be looked after with attentive staff looking after your every need. Every evening at dinner is a social event where we do "self-introductions" and the wranglers award guests with fun and memorable presentations. The dress code is anything but formal. And you will find that jeans and boots pair well with a rack of ribs, beef tenderloin and poached salmon. Complement your dinner with a bottle of wine and try to leave room for a slice of home-made pie.
The Ranch Food
We take great pride in serving excellent food, whether on a cook-out BBQ, or in our oak log dining room. We offer a fabulous mix of guest ranch cuisine with a gourmet flare.
The day starts with our sumptuous all you can eat buffet. A typical Breakfast buffet includes fresh local fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, cold cereal and coffee, tea or hot chocolate.
Photo courtesy: Niki Chien
Our lunch buffets are legendary with our own homemade soups and salads, sandwiches, pastas, fresh fruit and vegetable platters and kids’ meals of hot dogs and french fries.
Dinners are generous portions, and everything is homemade from fresh cuts of meat, fish, or poultry and natural ingredients. Depending on the day, meals will vary between generous cuts of marbled steak, poached salmon, stuffed chicken or roast half chickens, pasta nights and juicy western style BBQ Ribs. You will be treated to home-baked breads, buns, desserts, cinnamon rolls and jumbo cowboy cookies all baked fresh daily in our own kitchen.
During the summer months we shop at local markets for locally grown strawberries, corn, cherries, blueberries, and raspberries and more. Wednesday night is our outdoor BBQ night and Fridays is our all you can eat Pizza and Chicken Wings. Our pizzas are made right at the ranch from scratch and are not prepackaged. And the ranch always has 24-hour coffee and tea, hot chocolate, homemade cowboy cookies, and fresh fruit bar!
Here is a sample of our weekly dinner menu. Actual meals will vary on season, special events and guest rotations.
Monday - Succulent stuffed chicken or 1/2 BBQ Chicken with a fresh Greek salad, hearty potato with cream cheese and bacon bits, fresh from the oven home-made bread, and local fresh vegetables. Finished off with special home-made desserts featuring 6 new recipes for 2020.
Tuesday - A generous ranch size portion of saucy and savory ribs with home-made spinach salad, fresh baked dinner rolls, and garden-to-table vegetables.
Wednesday - Outside BBQ Night with 6 oz all beef hamburgers and choice of toppings. OR on rainy days Auntie Kim's home-made shepherd’s pie, a fresh tossed salad and oven baked bread. Make sure you leave room for our decadent chocolate cake!
Thursday - Pasta night at the ranch features delicious pasta from around the world: beef stroganoff, Pacific seafood, Italian marinara, and chicken fettuccine alfredo. Served with Home-made garlic bread vegetables, zesty Caesar salad and a homemade dessert with a side of ice cream.
Friday - New this year is our decadent Friday night all you can eat festival! Our menu is fresh from the oven pizza and chicken wings features our own made from scratch pizzas. It is all served up with veggies and dip, hummus and pita bread. The wings come in 2 different flavours, BBQ and sweet chili. This is the one night that you forget about your diet and enjoy the Flying U extravaganza.
Saturday - Steak night! Enjoy a generous portion of premium marbled flat iron steak served with your choice of medium rare or well done. Comes with baked potatoes, corn, Caesar salad and dessert!
Sunday - Enjoy our poached salmon with white wine and dill. Served with roasted red potatoes, vegetables, homemade buns and dessert. Some Sundays we do Prime Rib Roasts with mashedpotatoes, gravy, butter flake buns, and vegetable medley.
Special Diets and Vegetarian offerings
While we specialize in traditional cowboy meals, we also offer great vegetarian offerings like our vegetarian egg’s benny breakfast. We are also happy to work with any food or dietary restrictions. But please notify us in advance of any special needs.
But there is much much more!
It is impossible to list all the featured meals here. The reason that many of the guests rave about the food at the Flying U is that we offer so many other unique items throughout the season and each meal is a special treat: So on top of the items listed above the kitchen also prepares over fresh blueberry pancakes and Belgium waffles, chorizo sausage patties, or bagels and cream cheese, baked french toast, our build your own bagel lunches on Thursdays (usually), King Crab Nights, banana bread, and shortbread cookies. The list is endless and it’s all homemade with love for very special people our guests!