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Lunch at Cowgirl Creamery with Mrs Wheelbarrow

Things I enjoy:
1) Going out for lunch
2) Trying out new restaurants
3) Having lunch with people

I don't get to do these things as often as I'd like, but on Tuesday I got lucky: I met up with Cathy (aka MrsWheelbarrow) at Cowgirl Creamery for lunch, to chat about food, blogging and photography. I've heard a lot about Cowgirl Creamery, their artisan cheese, selection of pickled goods and other delicious items, and was eager to try it for the first time.

Oh, and who's Cathy? She is the woman behind Mrs Wheelbarrow's Kitchen, inventor of charcutepalooza and just a super fun woman to know.

Cowgirl Creamery is located in a pretty narrow space, but manages not to feel claustrophobic. There is a back counter with an overwhelming variety of cheese (and thankfully a very knowledgeable employee who is happy to offer you samples), a few cases with prepared food, wines, pickles, some sweets, etc.

This would be a great place to get food for a picnic whenever it gets warmer (or if you want to eat one on the floor of your living room).

Did I ever tell you how much I love the names of OPI nail polish? Well, I also really liked the names of different cheeses at Cowgirl Creamery: especially Barely Buzzed!

These are the pickles I've mentioned (but did not try):

And you can also pick up an apple as an afternoon snack.

But let's get back to the food: sandwiches. I ordered one with prosciutto, cheese, lettuce and onion jam. I really should have copied the description from the label, but forgot. Sorry. The bread was great. Everything else was good, but I wanted more of the filling. To me, it seemed that the bread to filling ratio was off. And it needed some other type of a spread besides the onion jam...maybe mayonnaise? But then I always think mayonnaise is in order.

I also decided to splurge and get a side salad. Why splurge? Because a small side was almost $5! This was a butternut squash salad with pine nuts, dried cranberries and parsley. I actually really liked it and think I should try and make it on my own. For $5 I can get a huge bowl of it on the table!

My overall thoughts: this might be a place better suited for buying cheese to go instead of sandwiches. And before I get any comments about voicing my opinion after just one visit: that's all it is: my opinion after one visit! So take it or leave it. And if you liked sandwiches at Cowgirl Creamery, let me know which ones and why and I'll consider going back!

If you are lucky enough to have Monday off (like me!), enjoy your 3 day weekend!


MrsWheelbarrow said...

Your photos are great! It was fun meeting you for lunch Olga and I can't wait to do the food truck crawl when the weather gets better. PS My pictures have improved with your instruction. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Try another day! You can watch the one or two chefs in the kitchen hand preparing each and every sandwich with great care. Try the cheese that's on the sandwich at the cheese counter before buying it! Ask any of the knowledgable cheesemongers about the very special ingredients in each sandwich and you'll find out that they are mostly local, seasonal and hand-made. The sandwiches change every day, give it another go!

Al said...

I think the sandwiches are great...but I work in the neighborhood. So sometimes a group of us will head over to pick up a quick lunch to go and eat at our desks. Sometimes I wish they'd put more stuff inside the sandwiches to balance out the bread, but I still love 'em. Especially the ones with fig jam!

Delicious Dishings said...

All I would have to see is cave-aged Gruyere and I'd be heading in there too! I probably would be tempted to just get tons of cheese and skip the sandwich anyways.

Peggy said...

Photos look great and sounds like you had a great time, even if the lunch was just so-so!

Midnight Snack said...

A friend of mine recently served McClure's with Bloody Mary's and they are excellent pickles. Nice and long for a tall glass, too.

BlueToYou said...

cowgirl creamery is in DC? i'm such a HUGE fan! i love their blue cheeses!!! omygosh do you think they can ship me something?