La Grande Finale…

Part 3 Of Restaurant Week San Antonio: Tost French Bistro     

My experience at Tost Bistro makes me feel all warm and gooey inside. Some major highlights include:

-Owner Jean Francios was an absolutely wonderful host.

The Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad alone is worth the trip.

-Every single morsel of food Defined Delicious. {Wink. Wink.}

*Again I was NOT at all compensated for anything this post is as honest as Abe Lincoln!

I part with the photos and memories of my favorite Restaurant Week 2011 experience.

Spicy Southwest Gazpacho A refreshingly cool, blooming, ripe, tomato-based soup. Combined with tangy cilantro and topped with a fresh corn compote (not from a can).  This was bliss in a bowl, especially on a 110 degree day.

 

Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad  Beautifully plump brussels sprouts, perfectly pan seared, swimming in a balsamic truffle oil glaze, harmoniously dancing with blue cheese crumbles and crispy bits of bacon {I just drizzled drool on my laptop}.

 

 The Lobster Cake ( A Royal version of a crab cake). The golden edges of this brown buttered panko crust were hugging tender succulent pieces of fresh lobster.  It was crowned with a citrus salad and accompanied by a bright flavorful saffron aioli.  I felt as though I should bow, or curtsy, or do something formal at the end of this bite.

Braised Lamb Shank Provencal The lamb was virtually melting off the bone and was steeped in a traditional Provencal sauce.  Topped off with plump cherry tomatoes and black olives, it rested comfortably on top of goat cheese mashed potato. This dish was succulent, warm, juicy, and as I write it’s beginning to melt my heart all over again.

Forrest Berry Sorbet Made from scratch daily, this burst of berry flavor was a perfect last bite to a fairy tale lunch (notice the empty plates.)

Are you salavating yet? Please stop back for more edible tales on this Mama’s quest to Define Delicious.

The Not-So-Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Part 2 Of Restaurant Week San Antonio 2011

Brio Tuscan Grill

Brio’s lunch gets the worst bite ALL around award. I sent the chopped salad back 3 times! Yep, I really did. On the menu it states: “Chopped Salad greens chopped with feta, tomato, olives, and red onion.” However, in reality this salad is iceburgh city drenched in an over-salted red wine dressing. It was so bad I didn’t even waste a minute taking a picture of it. The rest of the meal was not worth writing more about. The waiter, the executive chef, and the all-around experience was a big fat disappointment.  Luckily, I did have my beautiful baby boy, and a good friend to be with or I might still have been depressed from that meal..

Yep, I did save the best for last… Check back soon for the grande-finale of Restaurant Week, and see what place Defined Delicious…

* Note all opinions are my own, for more information please read my disclaimer page

 

San Antonio Restaurant Week 2011

This week I ventured into my first-ever Restaurant Week experience. Unfortunately, over all I was very disappointed. I spent a total of 5 days, mucho dollars, and got many more unpleasant bites than what I had hoped for (which was take-my-breath-away-delicious morsels).  I was so very upset by the lack of stellar performances that I almost gave up on my quest of trying 5 new eateries in 5 days. Thankfully I held the course through Hurricane Irene because, unbeknownst to me, I ended up saving the best San Antonio bite for last

Monday- Yardhouse

Tuesday- Max’s Wine Dive

Wednesday- Brio Tuscan Grill 

Thursday- Tre Trattoria (Alamo Heights)

Friday-Tost French Bistro

* Note: ALL below opinions are my own, I was NOT in any-way-shape-or-form bribed, catered to, or compensated for any of my meals.

Crabby Pants At The Yeardhouse, La Cantera

Worst crab cake sandwhich I have EVER had Award 

This sammy was a grease pit of deep fried goo, even my girl Paula Deen would have been ashmed to eat this. Not to mention the ranch salad it was served with; iceberg city with watered down ranch dressing.  To make matters worse it was full of canned corn and bagged cheese (tasted like wet cardboard). Yuckity yuck yuck yuck! I will NOT be returning to the Yardhouse even if it’s another 120 degree day and they have the only cold beer in town.

Happy Crabby At Max’s Wine Dive

Best Crab Tamale I have EVER tasted Award 

Thankfully, Tuesday’s lunch made up for the huge let down at the Yardhouse. Max’s Wine Dive served us up a fresh crab tamale. This morsel of delight consisted of  sweet corn, fresh crab, and a tomato relish that gave a hint of sweet to this savory masterpeice. Thankfully, this bad boy will be added to the Max’s menu soon!  Granted I’m a sucker for great service, but our upbeat waiter Eric and his love for the food he served gave us a tingly warm feeling. Word on the street is that Max’s has a great brunch and the best fried chicken in town.  I will surely be back but I will definitely avoid the cauliflower soup that was more pasty than savory and made this lunch good not great.

Check back soon to see part II of The Best and Worst Bites of Restaurant Week.