It only makes sense that a juicy steak and some succulent oysters await diners at Coach House's Steak and Oysters.
Owner Matthew House opened his Hughson restaurant in February and ever since has been serving up top-of-the-line creations in his sports-themed restaurant to impressed diners.
The Hughson native and 1989 Hughson High graduate brings his two passions — sports and food — together in the eatery. A former arena-league football player, House spent several years playing professionally in Texas. It was there he first took cooking classes and then opened his first restaurant, an oyster bar. After retiring from football, House moved back to Hughson.
"I wanted to bring something to Hughson," he said. "Hughson is a small town and it's been forgotten and doesn't really get the respect it deserves. I thought I'd bring (a restaurant) here to give the people something other than Mexican food and pizza."
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The restaurant is split into the bar side, with large plasma TVs, and the dining area. In honor of his alma mater, the décor is black and gold. The restaurant will be open until 11 p.m. during football season. With a portion of the proceeds from the restaurant, House also is starting a scholarship program for athletes at Hughson High.
The restaurant's décor includes various sports memorabilia that House picked up over the years, including his own pro helmets.
But don't let all the sports talk drive foodies away. House's executive chef is Eric Lamprecht, a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu Program at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. His assistant chef worked at the San Jose Country Club. House also makes the restaurant a family affair with help from his mother, father and sister.
"I've always loved cooking," House said. "My dream was to open a restaurant and be a chef."
Restaurant: Coach House's Steak and Oysters
Location: 6724 E. Whitmore Ave., Suite A, Hughson
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Price ranges and house specialities: Steaks from a 20-ounce porterhouse ($25.99 includes free drink) to T-bone ($19.99); New York steak and rib-eye priced by the ounce; oysters by the dozen ($16-$17) on the half shell, Rockefeller, grilled, barbecued and house special oysters diablo (marinated, wrapped with jalapeño and bacon and deep fried) and oysters pacifica (topped with concassé, mozzarella and baked). Also burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, shrimp, chicken and breakfast selections.
Bar: Beer and wine selections, 17 beers on tap
Reservations: Recommended for large parties, weekends
Accepted Payments: All major credit cards, cash and checks
For Children: Little League Menu selections, $4.99-$6.99, include chicken strips, corn dog, cheeseburger, hamburgers and steak sandwich; booster seats and high chairs available.