Cowboy Star

Our third and final restaurant for San Diego Restaurant Week was Cowboy Star in downtown San Diego. We were interested in this menu because we noticed it included DESSERT for lunch too, which makes it a three course meal for only $20. Yea, I'm all over that!

Being from Texas, the cowhide-style seats in the waiting area made me feel a bit nostalgic, even if it wasn't something you'd find at MY family home. And I just love cowboy hats! Surprisingly this blogger here doesn't even have her own! On the other side of the chairs was a bar area to pass time before seating in the main area.

After we ordered, they brought out a bread appetizer. It had a sourdough texture inside but was toasty brown on the outside! I didn't take pictures but it was probably served with butter.

Our first appetizer was the Cauliflower Soup. I rarely see this on a menu so of course it was a must! The soup came out at the perfect temp and ready to eat. It had a richness and subtle cauliflower taste to all that creaminess and was topped with a few tibits of cauliflower and pepita seeds. It exceeded my expectations and I'd be willing to eat this again!

The Winter Salad was paired with a dressing that seemed to go well with the type of ingredients used. I guess I haven't had raw fennel before in a salad but luckily the licorice taste was on the mild side. The grapefruit pieces were just right for me, not too tart.

For the main course, one of us got the Grass Fed Burger. The meat was cooked medium rare and juicy without being oily. Cheddar was just perfect on this. Considering the rest of the ingredients were basic, ie lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a pickle (given to Dennis), I was content with it. I also liked the shape of the bread... it looked like a muffin at the bottom because it tapered up to a muffin top haha!

The Braised Short Ribs was our other entree choice. The succulent beef had flavor penetrating to the insides and dipped with au jus was delicious. I liked the veggies and spuds too but they weren't as roasted as at Brooklyn Girl.

Well, time for desserts, our BONUS for this trip! These are the Classic Profiteroles that I instagramed! Inside was pistachio ice cream, which did squeeze out when you bit it but OMG such a yummy in my tummy! The outer portion reminded me of eclaires!

Can anything top ice cream? Perhaps this Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, the BEST I've had in a while! The insides were moist and scrumptious! And more chocolate ice cream on top, yes please! Winner winner chicken dinner. OMG both desserts were so good here!

So Cowboy Star was amazing and definitely our favorite spot for restaurant week. AND it happened to be the least expensive. Our waiter also made an entertaining comment about one of their best meats, the wagyu... it's like butter dressed up as a steak! Surely we have to try it one day! I see some kind of date night here in the future!

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Cowboy Star
640 10th Avenue
San Diego CA 92101
(619) 450-5880

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Jenny (vintagesugarcube)'s picture
Submitted by Jenny (vintages... (not verified) on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:27am

Girllll.. I still haven't been there. Now I need to go. PRONTO!

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:45am

Hope you do try it! I'm already drooling again seeing these dessert pictures.

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Submitted by Faye (not verified) on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:07am

Oh gosh I forgot the had a lunch RW special here! The bf took me to Cowboy Star last year for my birthday dinner. The meal was ok albeit super expensive I think. Glad to hear the RW meal was a success here. I love anything cauliflower so the soup looks blissful. I wonder if it's low carb?

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:08am

I can see a birthday dinner being $$$. The SDRW dinner deal was already at $40/person so we opted for lunch instead! If there were steak at lunch, it would have been a steal! I'm not really sure if I've had cauliflower soup before but it does seem low carb and most likely higher in fat content!

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Submitted by J.S. @ Sun Dieg... (not verified) on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:12am

I've been wanting to try the steak there foreverrr.......and now I want to try the bread pudding too !

I like the ambiance too. I'm not from Texas buttttt I've wanted to go to Austin forever?? And if I do I will remember to pick you up a cowboy hat ;)

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Submitted by lynn on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:12am

Ooh Austin is the city I'd pick if I had to move back to Texas. We're visiting Texas for a wedding this year so in reality I could pick one up but not sure what uses I'd have for it in Cali, unless it's going line dancing at In Cahoots or something :-p

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Submitted by Mary (not verified) on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 9:31am

Mmmm... those desserts look sooooooo good! Yummy! That is a great RW deal for only $20 for lunch. Total score! At first when I was glancing at the photo of the soup, I thought it was just a white plate with the tiniest salad ever. Haha.

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Submitted by lynn on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 4:28pm

Score yes! And tiny salad for the win! That totally made my day. Perhaps tiny is the new thing, like that tiny park you visited during one of your travel posts! =)