Redcow: 1025 N Federal Hwy, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
We decided to try out the Redcow with a few friends of ours. This is a BBQ restaurant located off of Sunrise Blvd. as Federal Highway makes it curve. It is located in a strip mall and if you don’t pay attention you will miss the turn to get into the parking lot. There is no street sign, just the sign on the building above the restaurant. We have been to this place a few times, and always have had someone smiling and greeting us as we walk in. Normally we will sit at the bar and have the best bartender Cindy help us out. However because there were more than two or three of us, we opted for a high top table instead. They also have a nice sized bar which you can order from the full menu. If you prefer to sit at a table or booth, they have those as well. One of the cool things at this place is the three large screens with TV programs playing on them. Usually you will see classic cartoons, classic TV shows, and even an occasional movie or two. The owners of this restaurant also own four other different restaurants. We will review each of them another time.
One thing that is really nice about Redcow, is the local beers and IPAs that they carry. They also have a classic Root Beer which I personally love. If you aren’t sure what something tastes like, then just ask them for a tasting which they will gladly provide for you. They have three different BBQ sauces that you can add to your meal: Tangy, Bold, and Sweet. The food is served on a rectangle platter made of metal with parchment paper lining it. On this night Jerry and one of our friends decided to have the Prime Rib. It was perfectly seasoned and one was medium while the other was medium rare. Both came out cooked perfectly with the juices just running out of the meat and soaked the parchment paper. You get a small au jus for dipping and also a horseradish sauce. The corn on the cob comes with part of the husk and is grilled with a Feta cheese crumble on top. You can salt and butter to your taste. The other side was a sweet potato grits, which had a good consistency and were not too lumpy or too smooth. The Baby Back Ribs are dry rubbed, smoked and beer steamed. The meat was very flavorful as the rub they used soaks into the meat. They were nice and tender and fell off the bones. This dish only comes with one side, but our friend decided he would also get the Hush Puppies. I am not a fan of their hush puppies, but we were split on whether they were good or not. Net up was the 1/2 rack of ribs and drunken chicken. Although the ribs were just as good as the full rack and full of flavor, I would not recommend the chicken. It is tender and juicy, but really bland and has no flavor. Not sure where the drunken part comes from, because there is no beer or other alcohol taste/seasoning to it. It was just plain old chicken and nothing special to write home about. One of the sides was the coleslaw. I love coleslaw, but I must say that this is one of the most bitter slaws I have ever tasted. Again it is much like the chicken in that there is not really any flavoring to it and you just taste the cabbage. Last but not least was the smoked turkey with pulled pork and brisket. This is their Eat More combo where you can choose 3 meats. The smoked turkey is cooked just right. You will have a hint of the smokey flavor in each bite. They smoke this and then grill it to heat it back up. The brisket is very good. I am a fan of burnt ends, and love that most of their pieces have some kind of char to them. The seasoning they use really as to the smoking they do to the meat. It is always nice and tender and full of flavor. The third meat I had was the pulled pork. I ask them to take off the tangy BBQ sauce that they usually put on it. However this night I did not. Honestly they should just serve it with out any sauce on it for it ruins the true flavor of the pork. It is nice and juicy and very tender. My side item is one of my favorites, the crinkle cut french fries. They are always cooked perfectly with a nice crisp to them and seasoned with sea salt. The green beans were my other side item. They change the vegetable of the day, but these were just green beans, nothing special. You also get a nice pickle with your meal which is great for cleansing the palate. When you are done with the meal, they will bring you warm moist towels to clean your hands and face from any of the delicious flavors left behind.
So the owners of this restaurant had the bright idea that they would change the format of the Red Cow to be basically like a cafeteria style. They took away part of the bar area and made it a line up to order your food. Then you sit down, you get your own orders, and you bus your own table. Hey that sounds like eating at home. It’s a really weird concept and takes away from the original charm of the restaurant. This also meant they eliminated much of the great staff that was there. We no longer are fans of this place.
Update 9/18/18 – NOW CLOSED – Out of Business!
Pricing: $$ to $$$ for lunch, $$ to $$$ for Dinner depending on what you order