January lunch highlight: COWBOY STEAK • CHICKEN • RIBS

Yes, and amen. One of my favorite lunch spots just got even better by going to full table service. When Cowboy Steak Chicken Ribs opened in March 2018, customers lined up along the open kitchen and placed their orders at registers. Food was delivered to the table by servers, but it was always a little confusing as to whether you were supposed to tip, and if so, how much? With the abbreviated table service, it was hard to know what was expected. Not anymore!

When you walk into Cowboy now, a greeter will hand you a menu and invite you to sit where you like. The seating is family style with both low and high-top tables, but if you don’t want to share a table, there are also smaller four-top tables. A server will now take your order and provide the type of full restaurant experience owner Joe Douglas is known for. Douglas also owns 131 Main, an upscale restaurant with four locations in North Carolina.

I ordered The Big Blue Bowl, which is kale, quinoa, arugula, goat cheese, sugared pecans, red beets, shaved red onion, blueberries, and avocado. The flavors are balanced perfectly and tossed with just the right amount of housemade  lemon-blueberry vinaigrette dressing. And my food arrived within six minutes, perfect timing for someone on a tight lunch schedule.

 

Cowboy Steak Chicken Ribs

 

Another favorite of mine is the Tempura Chicken Tacos: hand-battered chicken tender tacos, cheddar/jack blend, creamy coleslaw, pickled red onions, and avocado crème. I like to order it with the Mexican Street Corn Salad. Other sides include French fries, collard greens, baked beans, coleslaw, Brunswick stew, salad, and macaroni & cheese.

 

Cowboy Steak Chicken Ribs

 

I also recommend one of Cowboy’s most popular dishes: the Smoked Brisket Tacos with cheddar/jack blend, creamy coleslaw, pickled red onions, and peach habanero BBQ sauce.

 

Cowboy Steak Chicken Ribs

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If you saved room for dessert, try the banana pudding or a hand-made shake.

 

Cowboy Steak Chicken Ribs

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Visit its website to see the full menu and also catering and take-out options. Located at 9615 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Open Sun.-Thurs., 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-10pm. (704) 837-0599

 

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