So you’ve trekked down to Temecula in Riverside County and had a wonderful day in the sun sampling a myriad of local wines at the multitude of wineries that line the valley and now you want to kick back someplace and cap the day with a Martini and a steak. I have a suggestion for you, The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse and Saloon!
It is located on 5th street in “Old Town” Temecula, just off Interstate 15. It is just off the street on the third floor of a rustic building that looks a lot like an old barn. The inside of the restaurant is spacious, warm, and inviting. The decor is, exactly as you would expect…. a cowboy saloon.
I will note one feature that I really like …. their etched glass panel cutting through the dining hall. It is beautiful. Sadly its also a bit of a challenge to photograph. You’ll have to enhance the photo with your imagination … or go take a look!
The food is indeed very good with a definite emphasis on, as you might guess, steaks. But there are also seafood and chicken choices as well an assortment of salads. Their Martinis are also very good: well chilled, ample, and served quickly. After a day in the sun their Martini was very much needed and hit the spot perfectly.
The Martini stem the Gambling Cowboy uses is a bit unusual, as you can see in the photo above. Those of you who know me would expect me to blast this based on my prior posts such as Thoughts on Stemware, Part Three and To Stem or Not to Stem. But this one I sort of like. Certainly not traditional but, more importantly, it is not trendy.
For Gin selection The Gambling Cowboy only gets a C. Their selection includes the “Big 5” as I like to call it: Tanqueray, Tanqueray Ten, Bombay, Bombay Sapphire, Hendricks and also Beefeater.
For more information: http://www.ilovethecowboy.com/