Since 1997, when Cowboy Ciao opened its doors in Old Town, it has been a beloved stop for enjoying Modern American fare and a wine list that is nearing 2,000 bottles. Regulars come back time afer time for the Stetson chopped salad and exotic mushroom pan fry, and the lengthy list of desserts is where you’ll fnd everything from Japanese-style cheesecake and chocolate budino to birthday cake and a Cereal, Killer!, a saccharine setup of malted oatmeal cookie, Frosted Flake ice cream and brittle, and caramel sauce. cowboyciao.com.
CHEW ON THIS: Wine fan? Reserve a spot at a Cowboy Ciao Sommelier Showdown for a multi-course, multi-wine feast that pits various winemakers against Cowboy Ciao owner, Peter Kasperski.