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My take on Cowboy Star


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My take on Cowboy Star

chris2269 | | Jul 29, 2008 09:55 AM

So I had been craving a good steak for a week or so, the problem though was having recently dined at Wolfgang Puck's Cut I was fearful that any steak from near by choices ( Ruth's Chris, Donovan's, etc) would have too hard of a time living up to the 35 day dry aged Nebraskan rib eye from Cut.

I heard a few good things about Cowboy Star downtown and the fact that they had some game on the menu (Bison, Wild Boar, Elk, and more) caught my interest.

First, I loved the look of the restaurant. I would call it modern rustic. Lots of wood and stainless steel with a splash of whimsy. They have an open kitchen with a chefs counter providing seating for 5 or 6 looking into the kitchen.

We arrived for an early reservation Sunday night and were the only table except for a 6 top that was seated right before us. I was concerned that because we were sharing our server with a larger group we might get the short end of the stick service wise but my fears were unfounded and we were well taken care of.

To start I had the Pepper Seared Wild Boar Carpaccio and my Girl friend had the Dungeness Crab Cake. The carpaccio was great 7/10 my only complaint would be the honey and jalapeno drizzle overpowered the boar meat too much for me. The Crab Cake was excellent 8/10 - bits of bacon and large amounts of crab.

Our main courses were the Bison Rib eye and the 21 day aged Nebraskan Rib eye. I had the Bison which was cooked perfectly rare. I've only had Bison a couple of times but this was by far the best. The real star of the night though was my Girl Friend's Rib eye it was by her accounts, and the pieces I stole, the best steak she has ever had and I would say on par with the best I have had as well. It was seasoned and cooked perfectly and the quality of the meat was outstanding. Bison 10/10 Rib eye 10/10

I would of liked a bigger wine list. There were some good choices but lacking in the Italian Red department (You could always BYOB but not sure on corkage policy)

Overall I really enjoyed Cowboy Star and will be back to try a few more items from the menu, it's going to be hard not to order that Rib eye.

Looking at this review I am tempted to lower my scores a little bit because it seems high but that is how I felt so I'm going to keep it as written.

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