Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye

Last century, before kids, we used to go out to dinner a lot.  We often saw movies, as well.  We slept in.  Most impressive, however, was that when we were younger, we both could eat an entire Cowboy Ribeye, by ourselves.  With an appetizer.  And, dessert.  I repeat, by ourselves!

The Cowboy Ribeye, for the uninitiated, is a Stephan Pyles signature dish.  It originated at the now non-existant Star Canyon, in Dallas.  Thankfully, it returned to Stephan Pyles namesake restaurant in the Arts District.  It is a bone-in ribeye that sits atop a pinto bean wild mushroom ragout with red chile-dusted onion strings on top.  The steak by itself, would be a top 3 steak in Dallas, by itself, but the combination of flavors and textures of the 3 components of the dish together make one want to kiss Mr. Pyles on the lips, regardless of gender or sexual-orientation.

These days, we will occasionally wander down to Stephan Pyles on date night, without reservation, and sit at the bar in front of the kitchen.  Most times, we will get an appetizer or salad, share a dish or order second appetizers.  Occasionally, we will order the Cowboy Ribeye.  To share.  And, we don't finish it.  And, we definitely don't eat dessert.  Then, usually, one of us has to roll the other one out to the valet to get our car.

I'm most amazed at my previous self, when I reflect back on this.  How in all that is holy could I eat an entire Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye?  What has happened to me?  Have aliens done this to me with their constant experimentation on me at nights?  Either way, it's still a great dish, no matter how much I can eat of it.

Lost in all of this, of course, is that although Stephan has resurrected the Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye, he has not done the same for the Lace Cookie Taco.  The best dessert in Dallas in its day.  Not that I would have the room to eat it, though.


  1. As you get older, either your stomach shrinks, or common sense overcomes gluttonous behaviors! I vote for the stomach thing cuz even at my advancd age, i still attack a good steak like a glutton :)

  2. I've been accused a growing stomach as I've aged...

  3. Remember when the TrailDust Inn would intimidate you with their 16 oz Cowgirl steak? What self respecting guy would order that! Gimme the 24 oz Cowboy steak.

  4. hey, no need to call my manhood into question now...