A few weeks ago Mike saw an ad for a new restaurant – The Tin Cow – opening in downtown Pensacola via Facebook. Now, we very seldom ever drive that far just for lunch, but we figured “what the heck” – we will give it a shot. The verdict: We will be driving downtown a LOT more often for lunch.
Brought to you by the owner of Hopjacks, The Tin Cow is a “design your own” burger venue with 750,000+ burger combination variations. It is built on 4 core products: fresh Angus steak burgers, craft can beers, fresh cut bacon-infused potato chips, and regular and spiked milkshakes.
The Tin Cow is located right on Palafox directly across from the Post Office. We easily found parking on Romana Street so it wasnt a long walk to check the place out. We walked in – apparently the wrong door, go in the one on the right – found the Hostess Stand, and opted for a hightop seat in the back by the bar. The place was busy – especially for having just opened that week – but several waiters and waitresses came by to make sure we were being taken care of.
The Tin Cow menu is unique in that you can “build your own burger” from the meat to the cheese to the bread to the toppings. Mike really liked having so many options – laughing that everything sounded so good it was hard to decide. Ultimately he just went with a classic Angus burger and loved it.
Since I have been watching my portion control and can not seem to eat full meals anymore, I opted for a “slider” from the appetizers menu. It was absolutely the perfect size for me. It was cooked perfectly (which is hard to do with a little bitty patty) and was just enough to make me feel full without feeling stuffed. I was glad it was a thicker patty too – think meatball over patty – and not just a thin little overcooked shoe sole like so many sliders are.
One of the “signature” items on The Tin Cow Menu is their Bacon Infused Potato Chips – which of course we just had to try. I am not sure exactly how they make these guys taste like bacon – and not sure I even want to know – but they are fantastic. They come with most every meal on the menu, and you can also order a basket of just the chips – which I am sure would be even more amazing around 2am as the night is winding down… justsayin.
We washed it all down with a classic chocolate milkshake – although not a “spiked” milkshake like they also offer… though I do intend on going back one evening to check those out.
Was there anything we didn’t like?
Honestly, no, not really. A few of my potato chips were overcooked I thought, but Mike likes them that crunchy so that’s really a matter of preference more than anything. The price was great for what we had – we both ate our fill for right around $20. The staff was great – the manager was doing a great job with kinda overseeing everything and welcoming everyone in and thanking them for checking the place out and inviting them back.
The place was nice and welcoming, with a mixture of men in suits and ties and others in jeans and Polo shirts. It was upscale without feeling stuffy, which we like. The waiters and waitresses all looked great and were dressed appropriately (one of my pet peeves) and all seemed genuinely happy to be there.
Will we go back?
Absolutely, in fact I am considering going now as I am typing this. I really enjoyed it for lunch, but I think it will be great for evening too like the sister restaurant Hopjack’s just down the street. I can see it being a great place to meet up for a business lunch meeting or happy hour, or even meeting up with friends for a late night of the “Palafox Shuffle.”
Mike and I agreed that we were really glad to see another great restaurant / bar open in Downtown Pensacola. As lifelong Pensacola natives (a dying breed) who are really sick of hearing “there is nothing to DO in Pensacola” we love to see new things to do and places to go right here in our little town. If you haven’t been to The Tin Cow yet, we highly recommend you check it out.
And if you do go – let us know – we will meet you there for a Spiked Milkshake!