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Cowgirl in the Kitchen Café a local hot spot

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Waitress Melaney Ross and cook Matthew Boyer hold a plate of tostadas from the Cowgirl in the Kitchen Café on Commerce Drive in Prescott.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br> Waitress Melaney Ross and cook Matthew Boyer hold a plate of tostadas from the Cowgirl in the Kitchen Café on Commerce Drive in Prescott.

PRESCOTT - Known for their home-style cooking and daily specials, Cowgirl in the Kitchen Café is also known for being a popular spot with locals.

And the locals love the combination platters offered at the café, owner and operator Jackie Redman said. Redman, a personal chef, took over the restaurant a little over three years ago. The café has been a fixture in Prescott for 11 years.

"We run at least one breakfast and lunch special every week and a lot of people like that because they know we're trying things that are different," she said. "They're very popular because it's something that's not on the menu."

While the restaurant is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. seven days a week, breakfast is offered until 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. At 11 a.m. the restaurant switches to its lunch menu. Breakfast is offered all day on weekends.

Catering, personal cooking, and more also are available upon request. Call the restaurant at 928-443-5702 for more information. Cowgirl in the Kitchen Café is located at 1011 Commerce Drive in Prescott.

Quality of service and quality of food are important factors in the day-to-day operation of her business, Redman said. Nearly everything in the kitchen is scratch-made, she added.

"There are very few things that we don't make ourselves. It's all prepared per the customer's order," Redman said. "We do get a lot of locals. We know families, the names of our customers and we're very family-oriented. We are getting an expanded tourism presence as well. We really saw a growth in that last year. Word of mouth has really helped us."

The menu

Breakfast items consist of a number of combination platters that allow diners to choose their own adventure. That adventure includes picking how diners want their eggs cooked, a choice of breakfast meat (bacon, chorizo, ham steak, etc.), and several breakfast sides, which include potatoes, fruit and pancakes.

"That's probably one of our most popular sellers," Redman said. "We do a breakfast special every week where we get creative with a dish. Chicken and waffles are another popular breakfast combination."

Other customer favorites include multi-grain pancakes, their breakfast specials, healthy dining options, and biscuits and gravy.

Other platters include eggs and French toast, eggs and waffles, eggs and pancakes, and chicken fried steak, among other choices. Southwestern menu items also are available, including tamales and juevos rancheros, as are their omelet choices with a number of options for sides.

"It's a structured breakfast menu, but it gives customers a lot of choices," Redman said. "The customer gets a lot of variety."

The lunch menu, which features fresh made burgers, salads, chicken fried steak and more, is similar to the breakfast menu in that the customer can pick the side of their choice, which includes soups, salad, French fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries, and more. Burger toppings also can be added per the customer's desires, Redman said. Cold and grilled sandwiches also are available.

Their signature soup - chicken tortilla - is a popular dish at the Cowgirl in the Kitchen Café. Redman brings the soup to Prescott's Empty Bowls event in downtown Prescott each year, she said.

"We take pride in what we do. We're always striving to deliver top-notch customer service," she said. "We really do want to get to know our customers. We treat them as family."


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