Cowboys and Turbans - Happy Hour
By: Wendy Castellanos-Wolf
April l0th, 2013
Cowboys and Turbans has a fantastic rustic style patio interspersed with iconic paraphernalia from Indian culture. It is the epitome of a hidden gem since it is located between a strip mall and an unfriendly looking building where Silverlake Blvd. and Sunset meet. My husband came across it by accident one afternoon when he stopped to get a smoothie at Silverlake Juice which unbeknownst to him at the time, is owned by the same people who own Cowboys and a Turbans and is housed in the front corner of the aforementioned patio. That afternoon he text messaged some photos, his smoothie to make me jealous, the ornate entry way to Cowboys and Turbans with a sign that read Beer Wine Garden to intrigue me, and finally the photo of a sandwich board advertising Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 12-7 which I took as my invitation.
I trekked over from the Valley and met up with him after work. We were both looking forward to trying what Cowboys and Turbans calls "Indian Street Food", a dish from their Mexican and Indian fusion menu and washing it all down with some craft beers. We sat down by the fire pit across from the only other couple in the entire patio. Service was slow to arrive and when it did we inquired about the Happy Hour menu only to find out that it was extremely limited if non-existent. Currently, Happy Hour consists of two watery domestic beers and no food. We had been deceived by a
sandwich board, clever marketing! This Happy Hour was a sham!
Our server was a bit embarrassed and apologetic by our disbelief and then mentioned that the restaurant was working on a Happy Hour menu to be released later in the year. We stayed, we ordered, we were pleasantly surprised. We had the better of the two “Happy Hour” beers, a couple of Pacificos and split a vegetable samosa at the recommendation of our server. Usually samosas are the size of about two bites. The samosa we had at Cowboys and Turbans was the mother of all samosas weighing in at about the size of a burrito. It was crispy, the filling very flavorful and the chutneys up to par with other Indian food spots we like in the city. Our beers were as expected, cold, NOT craft beers and $5 on " Happy Hour."
I was sad to see such a fantastic patio so utterly empty on one of those LA afternoons that feel like summer has arrived. Cowboys and Turbans definitely has potential. If they actually launch a real Happy Hour later this year, I will definitely attend. Until then, I might go for lunch just to try out a Tandoori taco or a Bombay burrito, but only if the weather is nice and I can sit in the patio.
Cowboys and Turbans
2815 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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