Our first locale is a shack. Literally. The Cowtown Beef Shack is a hut on the side of MacLeod Trail, in the parking lot of a Chinese restaurant. Its a drive up window then you pull around to park and eat - either in your car, or on the few dilapidated picnic tables they offer. We have seen this place a million times driving around and finally decided to try it out.
T: I can't read the menu, it's too far away...
M: God, you're blind. LOL. *reads me menu*
T: Gotta try the pulled pork then, it's why I came here.
I clarify with buddy in the hut about the "cranberry slaw" and yup it's got onions, so let's just leave that off. Mike leaves his slaw on. Remember, I'm the picky eater in the family!
This thing looks funny. Its in a long, sub bun. And its not saucy. And I think the bread is whole wheat. Oh man, this is plain. Boring, dry, plain. Head turns to the left...gauging Mike's reaction. He's eating it. Can't figure out if he's hungry or actually enjoys it. I've wrapped mine back up in the paper bag and push it to the side. Seems to be really enjoying it.
His verdict after scarfing the whole thing was that he liked it. The meat was good, tender, but there wasn't enough sauce on it. Whew! Glad I wasn't the only one being super picky.
This place is such a landmark in Calgary I think its fair to give them another shot. Maybe I was just really cranky that day, maybe I shouldn't have ordered pig when they are a beef shack.
Once the weather is a bit nicer I'm definitely going back for a second chance! Do you want to know why? Because I just saw on their menu they do a Beef Dip!!!!!