It's one thing to love to cook, but it takes nerves of steel to open a restaurant.
Daniel Placencia, who is a real-life rancher/cowboy, realized that since the line waiting for his barbecue was practically blocking traffic on Indian Canyon, it was time to move on. You've heard the term “hole in the wall”? Well, that pretty much describes the original location, which didn't even have tables — just a wrap-around counter, built-in stools and big portions. Needless to say, he did a huge takeout business.
Now they've made the jump over to North Palm Canyon for a little more square footage and loads more parking space.
Once you try the pulled pork or tri-tip you'll think twice about going anywhere else. Order the sandwich and all of this flavorful meat is topped with shredded cabbage and served on a Kaiser roll. Can't make up your mind? Then rustle up the Three Sliders ($9.95), which includes brisket. All sandwiches come with your choice of either cornbread, potato salad, ranch beans, Kansas City slaw or macaroni salad.
When the dinner bell rings, get ready to have some of the best ribs around. A lot of people can rustle up some baby backs and claim that the “meat falls off the bone.” But at The Cowboy Way, it leaps onto your plate. A half rack with one side is $14.95, but you might as well live it up and get a full baby back order with two generous sides.
Placencia uses only red oak and hickory wood and if you mosey on out to the patio, you can see the smoker that creates all of these amazing tastes and aromas.
The Cowboy Way isn't just for the days when you have a Texas-size appetite. Enjoy the Cowgirl Salad (guys are allowed to order this, too), which comes with Romaine lettuce, black beans, radishes, red onions, tomatoes, croutons and your choice of meat.