This is the newest incarnation from Culinary Concepts, the same people who brought us Chops, Pazzo, and Yabba Island Grill. This concept is not only a different menu but a completely different feel inside from any of the other Culinary Concepts, concepts. Looking at the website before my first visit, I got the impression it would be a little more upscale than it was in real life. I was surprised to see a lot of families with kids, of all ages, and people dressed in t-shirts, giving it a more family restaurant feel. Just going by the extensive renovation to make this property look special, and then the extravagant drink menu, this place must have been designed for something better than a t-shirt and a kid’s birthday celebration. The staff are all dressed as if it were a real western saloon, but sexy and adapted for today. The place was filled with western art, had dark wood everywhere and softly played country music. It was quite well done.

 

We sat at the bar and tried various small bites. My partner had his usual Manhattan, but the bartender made it a little special, so he ended up getting 2. I ordered the AQUA FRESCA of the day: Cantaloupe, Pomegranate, and Honey Dew. It comes in a tall carafe, probably meant for sharing but I guzzled down every bit myself, it was SO GOOD! It kind of sounds boring but it was anything but. (This is a non-alcoholic drink) They offer a long list of interesting drinks, including something we don’t see much around these parts, Tiki drinks. Whatever you are looking for, you will probably find it and more here. (not sure what Tiki drinks have to do with a saloon but it’s fun anyway!

We sampled, warm nuts, deviled eggs, crispy green beans, and the chili. We had no complaints about anything, we would order it all again. We took notice that the chili was served hot, something we have had trouble finding at other local restaurants. We look forward to trying this place out for dinner sometime this summer and updating this review.

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