Owner John Geske left everyone scratching their heads when he closed down the original Cabo Joe’s at Sioux to move it to Gateway East. A few months later, country bar The Tumbleweed Saloon was launched. You’ll find the same layout as Cabo Joe’s, with the exception of the dance floor that includes a stage for live bands. Spacious accommodations, including an outdoor patio with a fire pit, make for a good meeting and eating spot.
A one page menu offers starters and snacks, grub and sides. No need to commit to a full meal; grab a bbq brisket or pulled pork burrito or hotdog topped with cheese, pulled pork and chili beans. Other starters include peel and eat shrimp cocktail, brisket or pork nachos, smoked then grilled wings, beef or apple-jalapeno sausage bites and egg rolls stuffed with smoked turkey, green chile and cheddar.
The best of South and West come together in the grub section. Choose from baby back ribs, a green chile bacon double cheese burger, diablo chicken tenders, a club sandwich, fried chicken and waffles and baked potatoes loaded with your choice of brisket, pork or sausage. The big draw here is the Mac Daddy, a sandwich teeming with pulled pork and mac n’ cheese. Each grub item includes your choice of fries, fried okra, potato salad, onion rings, salad and creamy mac and cheese blanketed in melted cheese. S’mores for dessert is all you need when a tiny little firepot is brought to your table for roasting large, billowy marshmallows, along with graham crackers and three types of chocolate.
When the dance floor and stage aren’t in use, Tumbleweed is the perfect spot for viewing sports. Beer aficionados will be pleased by the regional craft draft offerings, but will feel awkward drinking from a margarita goblet.
1610 Sioux St.; 915-307-6226; Daily 12 p.m.-2 a.m.; Vegetarian options limited to sides; $2-13; facebook.com/thetumbleweedsaloonep