Cowtippers Restaurant review: Steaks and Spirits
When considering what restaurant group in Atlanta has consistently raised the bar in customer service, good value, and constant, innovative improvements: it’s pretty evident that Metrotainment Café comes to mind. Whether its Joe’s on Juniper or Joe’s by the Airport, Einstein’s, Metrotainment Bakery—each branch has its own unique identity and authentic contribution to this successful Atlanta-based company. And Cowtipper’s does exactly that: it kicks it up a notch, wild, Wild West style.
The secret to any business’s model in today’s economic climate is its ability to put guests first and the swift adaptability to changing conditions without sacrificing its core essence. Cowtippers continues the Joe’s classic tradition of five dollar Pinnacle martinis which includes the infamous patio martini: The Blueberry Lemondrop—Pinnacle Blueberry with homemade, fresh sour mix that has a burst of tang from Italian Limoncello that makes this drink a perfect, summer beverage.
But it’s clear that every summer is getting hotter and hotter, so Cowtippers is planning to extend their bar area to include a keg room that adds fifteen draft beers to their already extensive drink list and machines that allow the ability to make frozen beverages. But if you can’t wait until this Mid-May 2012 addition, the Moo Moo Ritas are this restaurant’s popular margaritas to help hose you down. Exhibit your native pride by trying The Georgia Peach—a Southern twist to the same old tequila and sour mix combination by adding some peach schnapps to this outrageous mix.
Unpretentious, efficient service begins with Cowtipper’s trademark yeast rolls with its delicious cinnamon butter. Cooked to perfection, the secret to the cinnamon butter is the brown sugar which releases caramelized molasses that adds irresistible smoky sweetness to these creamy, delicious treats.
When you’re ready for starters, quick draw your way to this busy ranch’s Chili Cheese Fries that pours over trailblazing chili which melts over the fries and fuses the sharp cheddar and scallions with its undeniable heat. Or try the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, which combines grilled pita chips to scoop creamy hummus with the sharp flavors of feta crumbles and a juicy kick from cherry tomatoes and Kalamata olive tapenade toppings.
Although Cowtippers lacks a brunch menu like some of the other Metrotainment establishments, the endlessly versatile menu more than makes up for it. With a section that allows the guest to create their own burger, the possibilities are endless from options such as Black Bean or Turkey Burger Patties to Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack Cheeses to toppings of crispy jalapenos, guacamole, or pineapple salsa. Make a special burger for every special day of the week!
Popular entrees include Miss Kitty’s Kabobs that allows you to decide between your choice of meat with a medley of veggies coated in a teriyaki glaze and chargrilled to a Mid-western beaut. But a special treat is their amazing ribs which are cooked with plenty of TLC as executive chef Eduardo Ramirez filled me in on the rib’s key secret. By shifting to the oven to a low temperature at the proper time, the ribs are covered in foil and cooked with such precision that it involves an eight hour process. Trapping the flavors of the BBQ marinade, the meat absorbs all that rich, smoky tangy flavors and when pulled out, it falls right off the bones when you sink your teeth into Cowtipper’s legendary meat.
A personal reason to constantly go is their sirloin steak and astounding variety of choice sidekicks like fully loaded baked potatoes, campfire beans, sweet potato fries, and sautéed mushrooms & onions. There’s something for everyone, and it’s ridiculously affordable for anyone looking for a good time and an addictive meal. When you’re completely stuffed, you’ll find yourself surprised asking your server for a dessert menu, which then equates to your friendly staff bringing a complete dessert tray so you see all the options you have cooked fresh daily and locally from your Metrotainment Bakery. Who can deny the precision of care these people demonstrate when you’re munching on a Red Velvet Cheesecake?
And if that’s not enough, it’s free to join their Metrotainment Loyalty Program which rewards you after every certain amount of points, and of course a special treat for birthday celebrations. When buying a gift card (The Metrotainment Café Card), their special promotion is that they will match any amount you place on the card by 20%! For example, if you place 100 on the gift card, the amount on it will then equate to 120. At this point, it’s impossible to claim they do not put you, the guest, as their NO QUESTIONS ASKED, ALWAYS -- #1 PRIORITY.
Best to find out more about this wonderful company is their website as they often hold fun events like Cowtipper’s “Ride the Bull” event for Cinco de Mayo and weekly specialties like Tuesday Trivia Nights and Thursday Moooovie Nights. So the only excuse you have for not going to this remarkable establishment is when you’re sick with the cold and decide to use its nifty, Zifty service which allows restaurants all over Atlanta to deliver right to your doorstep.
Address: 1600 Piedmont Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
Phone Number: 404-874-3751
Sam Gabel is a published author for Alyson Publishing’s anthology series, 2008, and achieved second place in AtalentScout National Screenwriting Competition, 2003. Preferring to write short stories, he is the winner the Pomegranate Words Short Story Contest, 2001. He currently lives in Atlanta.