Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale - Comments?
We are headed to Cowboy Ciao this weekend and was wondering what thoughts were on this restuarant since I haven't been before. I love Kazimierz so have passed by it a ton of times. I didn't see any other posts on it. What are some favorite dishes there?
Have you done a search? There are several posts in SW board about Cowboy Ciao. I myself have not been there yet so I'm very jealous of you! I'm waiting for that special occasion to go. I've read several posts though that talk about the wondeful dishes they have. Here is one:
Do come back and tell us how it was!
Cowboy Ciao is fantastic. Everyone has their favorites, but I would definately try the chopped salad. It's amazing. Many also love the mushroom pan fry. If you love Kaz you must love wine, and they share the same wine list. Talk to your waiter about matching up a wine with whatever you order.
The place has an all-around delicious menu. It seems to be one of the most commonly praised and suggested restaurants on this board.
I've been about five-or-so times, and one of my favorite dishes is the blue cheese stuffed pork chop. It's fantastic, and undoubtedly one of the best pork chops I've had (have ordered it several times). it comes with a fantastic ancho bread pudding with apple jus and fig. It's a knockout, and I'm not even a very big pork fan. I've also tried the short ribs, puerco lento, and have finished up part of an espresso filet. All of these choices I can vouch for as being fantastic. Take your pick of anything off the menu, and you will likely not be disappointed. Have also tried many of the appetizers and have really enjoyed them all. The chopped salad seems to garner a huge amount of praise and fans, and I'm one of them. It's really very good. Also recently tried their quesadilla appetizer (which I believe is sort of a "quesadilla of the day" type item, in which the filling changed depending on when you're there), it had incredibly well prepared, sweet shredded pork, dried cherries, and other ingredients I can't think of off the top of my head. Last time I had their soup special, it was also fantastic. The only thing I haven't enjoyed off of the appetizer menu is the elk tostada. While certainly not bad, it failed to impress me as everything else there does.
If you're a mushroom fan, the mushroom pan fry is also really delicious, although quite rich. Unless you know you really like mushrooms, I might recommend getting the mini pan fry as one appetizer and perhaps sharing it (it's still good sized), only becuase the entire entree is a bit heavy and mushroom-intensive for me to eat an entire large entree of myself (of course you may think differently).
The deserts are all incredible, and I have never been disappoint by them. A personal favorite is the cuppa' hot chocolate, although all are insane good.
Essentially, nearly everything on the menu is a safe bet. Take your pick of what sounds best, and you should leave satisfied.
Cowboy Ciao is a definite board favorite and I have never heard anything but very good things to say about the food and service.
One note, however, is that there has been some expressed concerns about how high the noise level can get, so if you are looking for a quite, romantic dinner, you may wish plan accordingly.
7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251