(See my last post for Part One!)
I attended the soft opening of Arro
with some food blogger friends. The week before their official opening,
they offered meals at half price, so we happily took advantage. Arro is
the latest from Chef Drew Cullen of 24 Diner/Easy Tiger, and his pasty
chef wife, Mary Catherine, and is located in the old Haddington's on
West 6th Street and Nueces.
We started with the
Chef's bread board, with an assortment of fresh breads, regular and
anchovy butter, a nice piece of French cheese, pickled veg, and an
incredibly creamy and velvety pork mousse. We followed this with mussels
and frites, which had a nice broth with it.
group of us foodie-types went to check out the new HEB grocery store in
the Mueller development a week after their grand opening. The building
itself is stunning, and is the largest eco-friendly building HEB
has built. And given the summer heat, the mostly-covered patio felt very
nice at one in the afternoon.
cafe menu is a bit all over the place, from Texas BBQ to pizza to Asian bowls to
salads and sandwiches. It is certainly trying to please a broad range of
palates. Unfortunately, the only thing that they really did well was
the brisket, and while it was good brisket, it's not Franklin or Snow's
quality by a long shot. The chicken in the Asian chicken salad tasted
like it was previously frozen, the egg roll was dripping in grease, the
Brussels sprouts were good, but very salty, whereas the Asian rice bowl
was under seasoned. And all of the sauces and dressings taste like bottled ones, not freshly made. One of the cafe chefs did come by asking people
how the food was, and we gave her some feedback. Again, first week, and when
you look at the fact this is a grocery store, they've done a good job. I
don't think they will have any problem attracting customers, even if the food doesn't improve.
Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom (Barton Creek Mall)
I met a friend at the mall to go walking (beats the outdoor heat!), and we ended up also having lunch at Nordstrom.
I had never eaten there before, and actually left fairly impressed for
what it is. According to their menu, they are using local and organic
whenever possible and my Warm Asian-glazed Chicken Salad was just the right size and more to the point, tasted great.