I'm in town from Austin, singing with the opera, with limited time and energy to explore. We've stuck to the Riverwalk (I know, tourist hell) because this is where our hotel is and it's convenient; I don't have to walk too far on my broken toe, and we can get in and out fairly quickly without having to fight for parking anywhere.
I wrote a detailed post about the delights of Cool Cafe elsewhere; so I'll devote this one to two other places we've tried.
Today's late lunch/early dinner was at Boudro's, thanks largely to Chowhound recs. We took a stroll in the light rain and got there around 4; it was uncrowded and pleasant. Hubby ordered a Southwest Caesar salad and greatly enjoyed the smoky spiciness. I had the field greens salad, which was a step above the ordinary with the maple vinaigrette and tiny bursts of flavor provided by the sun-dried tomatoes.
Hubby then opted for the Gulf Yellowfin Tuna, marinated in achiote, roasted poblano butter, served with mashed potato cakes, edamame, and citrus tomato fennel chutney. It was divine. Each element was good on its own, but when you had a bite that encompassed each of the flavors, it was genius. And the tuna was perfectly cooked.
I opted for the grilled seafood platter, consisting of a lobster tail with herb butter, grilled fish fillet, crawfish fricassée, seared sea scallop, shrimp plancha, jicama slaw and corn pudding. The unidentifed fish fillet with its smoky crawfish was quite good; the lonely single scallop was perfection. (Here's a pet peeve of mine: don't say you're serving "scallopS" on a menu when in fact you are serving ONE scallop). I'm a big fan of well-prepared scallops --- and this one certainly was --- and it would have been nice to have a couple more. In fact, I would have happily traded the bland shrimp and jicama slaw for another scallop or two. The lobster tail was delicious and the herb butter tasted a little citrusy, which was a nice surprise.
For dessert, we split the Lousiana Bread Pudding. My husband really liked it, but I prefer the bread pudding at the County Line (the original location in Austin). I'm not sure what made this "Louisiana" bread pudding; it was your standard raisin bread base and the only thing that made it special was a lovely brown sugar crust. The whiskey sauce was too thin and sweet and didn't have much of a whiskey flavor (I contrast this with County Line's Jack Daniels sauce, which I would happily drink out of a glass), the whipped cream was decoratively piped over the top but would have been nicer as a dollop you could dip your fork in, and it wasn't hot enough for my tastes. B- on the dessert.
Earlier in the week, we had a late dinner at Pesca. We started with the calamari, served with remoulade, and the waiter seemed startled when I asked for aioli, but he did eventually bring up some tomato aioli which was very good. The calamari itself was a bit chewy for my taste, though I did like the cornmeal batter.
Hubby had the Thai scallops decoratively served in a half coconut shell, a really beautiful and striking presentation complete with a flower. The sauce was delicious but the portion was pretty small, and you couldn't actually enjoy any of the coconut meat. I had the halibut, wrapped in prosciutto and served over garlic mashed potatoes. This was delicious, and the fish was perfectly cooked, but the waiter made a mistake and brought my husband's meal out long before mine was ready. By the time my halibut arrived, my husband was almost done with his meal. The waiter apologized profusely, but at a restaurant this expensive (and not particularly crowded) they really shouldn't make this kind of mistake. And if they do, they should offer a free dessert or something.
Well, they did offer some champagne, and it was lovely (of course, as my huband pointed out, they sell it by the glass and probably had a bottle already opened that needed to be used up, especially as it was nearing the end of the evening). We also ordered dessert, following the waiter's recommendations of the roasted pineapple cheesecake --- really special --- and the chocolate cake, which was very rich and delicious.
We enjoyed the meal, little slip-ups notwithstanding. However, it was an expensive meal for what you got, and the small details count in a situation like this. I'd probably give it another try, though.
Here's hoping to find a nice place for Sunday brunch!
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