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Cowboy Chow

January 20, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, we spent a little time checking out downtown Roanoke, the little town on the outskirts of Dallas and Fort Worth, not far from the RV Park where we’re staying.  I wrote about our discovery that there was no shortage of places to eat along the main drag.

Nell emailed this afternoon to tell me she was taking me to dinner for my birthday.  We headed to Roanoke, and drove the length of Oak Street.  I chose a place called Cowboy Chow, mainly because I liked the name.  It’s a low-light, Texas/western atmosphere kind of place, but definitely family-friendly.  Lots of textured walls… brick, wood planks, wallpaper, a few kitschy signs, but not overdone at all.  There were some families with small children, a few couples of various ages, and a few tables of thirty-somethings having a beer before dinner.

I did a little research for this post, and according to their website, Cowboy Chow was named one of the top three restaurants to watch in 2009 by D-Magazine.  Texas Monthly called it a “must see” restaurant.

The menu didn’t have a huge number of items, but there was plenty to choose from.  It all sounded interesting.  We were waited on by a very nice young lady named Barbara, who cheerfully described some of the house specialties.  Nell ordered steak, an 8oz filet, and I couldn’t resist something called the Cowboy Grilled Cheese.  Nell said the steak was wonderful, as was the little bowl of steak sauce to dip it in, obviously a house specialty.  I got the impression that just about everything on the menu was a specialty, including the Cowboy Grilled Cheese: a generous amount of very tender brisket, with sharp cheddar cheese, grilled onions and horseradish cream on Texas Toast.  It came with homemade potato chips and a pickle spear that had been soaked in jalapeno juice.

When we were almost done, Barbara came to the table and described a dessert called Brownie Explosion.  She had us at chocolate and ice cream, but when she mentioned the Maker’s Mark bourbon that gets poured into the hot iron skillet with the brownie, we were putty in her hands.  It was wonderful.

We really want to try some of the other restaurants along the street.  We also really want to go back to Cowboy Chow.  We may have to eat out a bit more often over the next couple of months.

Needless to say, we left extremely well fed and satisfied.  I think I waddled a little on the way out.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2012 3:21 pm

    Sounds like a great way to spend your birthday evening Daddy! And it sounds like a great little restaurant too!

  2. January 21, 2012 2:58 am

    Happy Birthday!

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