Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Great Everything at Cottonwood Steakhouse!

Cottonwood Steakhouse

Main Street (Highway 191)
Bluff, Utah, 84512

Phone: (435) 672-2282


Hours of operation: Monday thru Sunday, 5:30pm to 9:30 pm.

Reservations Recommended; Beer and Wine menus available.

If we could eat at the Cottonwood Steakhouse every week, we'd do it; my hubby and I were completely blown away by the entire Cottonwood Steakhouse experience: food, service, atmosphere, staff and owners are top notch!!!

As soon as we parked and opened the vehicle doors, the savory scent of grilled onions filled our nostrils, our salivary glands began pumping hard. Walking over to the entrance, we could see the cook working his culinary magic over cast iron pots full of potatoes and onions.  We were greeted by the friendliest staff and the owners (Rick and Diana) themselves; they made us feel so welcome and right at home.  The big decision comes – seating inside with its full rustic charm, or seating outside with Old West regalia, and the huge, old cottonwood tree. Hint; leave the inside for inclement weather, the outside is glorious!

Indoor Seating

Outdoor Seating

The menu is chock full of mouthwatering T-Bone, Ribeye, Flat Iron steaks (thick and juicy), Baby Back Ribs (half and full racks) are slathered in a smoky/spicy barbeque sauce, Pork Chops, Chicken and Brisket with a sweet/spicy barbeque sauce); the key word is TENDER; steak knife is optional! Included with the main meal item are those savory potatoes; ranch beans so flavorful, you can’t stop eating them; vegetable; salad (bleu cheese dressing is house made) or coleslaw; and warm, freshly made bread. If you’re lucky, the vegetable will be carrots; slow roasted with olive oil and herbs, so the carrots own sugar creates an amazing glaze. If it’s in season, and it is now, savor a cup of the Roasted Tomato Basil Soup; semi-chunky, slow roasted tomatoes and freshly chopped basil; you can definitely tell this soup is made from scratch.  Newest item on the menu is Seafood Skewers, chunks of halibut and salmon between layers of red bell pepper and red onion, served with rice pilaf; so good!

Homemade Bread, Coleslaw, Salad, Roasted Tomato Basil Soup


Half Rack Baby Back Ribs

Ribeye Steak

T-Bone Steak

Seafood Skewers

A friend joined us for dinner and we happily round robin-ed our meals and desserts. The servers were so attentive with, “How is your meal?”, “Is everything to your liking?, “Do you need anything else?”; all we could do was answer with “Mmmmm, mmmm”, “Yum”, smacking lips and many an “Oh my God, this is awesome!!!” All around us, diners were laughing, smiling, and stuffing their mouths with all the delicious awesomeness of their own meals. Several times we would hear Rick say to departing diners, “Thanks for coming back again!” Business is definitely booming for them in Bluff; and the place was jumping for a quiet Sunday evening.

We left enough room to try the homemade desserts; pecan, cherry and key lime pies at all times; other fruit pies are available when in season. Diana uses her mom’s recipe for the pie crust which includes corn oil and milk; here comes that word tender again. Bread pudding full of cinnamon, piping hot and covered in Jack Daniels Whisky sauce; brownies thick and rich with chocolate are the star in the Brownie Sundae.

On the way home, hubby and I were basically silent for the hour drive home.  We were basking in the afterglow of the most fantastic meal we’d had in ages.

….and wondering when the top button on our jeans was going to pop off; hoping it would not hit the windshield and chip it.

Mary Cokenour

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