Monday, July 28, 2014

disappointing dining

My weekend was annoying in the most first world of ways. At least I admit it.

I was more than excited when Andrew suggested Friday dinner at our favorite Thai place on Wednesday. When my dad and step-mom wanted to meet up with us, I was even happier because that meant more variety on the table. Andrew and I were down the street from the restaurant when we got a call - they were at a store nearby killing time and their battery died. No big deal, we turned around to meet them. Only the battery wasn't dead; a cable was corroded and the car needed to be towed, preferably to their mechanic on the other side of town. Since we have AAA, Andrew called a tow truck and we drove my step-mom across town while my dad rode with the driver (whose life story he got - apparently the guy was a repo man who got shot once?). We ended up going to a not-so-great Thai place and didn't get home until almost 10 p.m. I'm glad we were able to help them out, but it wasn't the dinner I had been craving.

We took it easy on Saturday - it was nearly 100 degrees here and too hot to move - and Andrew asked if I wanted to check out Cuchara, another restaurant on the Top 100 in Houston list. It's authentic Mexican and the menu sounded great. It features really cute murals inside and as a bonus, I could wear jeans. We got there and ordered a round of drinks - a house margarita for me and a paloma for him - and both were great. It was hard to decide what to order since everything sounded so good, but we started with mushroom and corn quesadillas. Andrew liked them but I thought they were pretty basic and the corn tortilla flavor was too dominant, but I know that's just my personal preference. For our entrees, Andrew ordered the cheese enchiladas that had rave reviews and I got the pork mole. The presentation of my dish was promising - little colorful mini crocks housed each component of the dish and the tortillas (corn, again) were served in a paper bag to the side. I took a bite of the black beans - no flavor. The rice was too salty for me and the white corn puree was just okay. But, I figured, if the mole was good, then it would be okay, right? It wasn't. There was little flavor and the pork was the worst texture due to being overcooked. I was not impressed, and as much as I hate wasting food, I left over half of my mole in the crock. Andrew's enchiladas weren't much better - just a mound of cheese in a tortilla covered with sauce with very little variety in texture or taste from bite to bite. I had been looking forward to coffee and dessert on Cuchara's menu but after these sad offerings that lacked flavor, we didn't bother. The place wasn't cheap so I was pretty bummed it was a bust.

Quesadillas | The Enchiladas | Pork Mole (see, cute presentation) | Beignets at The Honeymoon

But, since we both had our hearts set on coffee and dessert, Andrew asked if I wanted to go to The Honeymoon, a new place not too far away. The Honeymoon is inspired by places in New Orleans; it's a coffee shop in the morning, has sandwiches and salads by day, and is a bar at night. Coffee and desserts are also served at night, so that's what we wanted to check out (even though I went there for coffee a few weeks ago). It wasn't very crowded when we arrived, but everything was very disorganized. Apparently it was abnormal not to get a drink at that time of night. We got coffee (I liked my caramel latte with housemade syrup) and shared an order of beignets - they were good, but dense. Not a favorite. However, I love the idea of The Honeymoon and nothing was bad so I will definitely be back.

 A pic I posted on Instagram a few weeks ago of The Honeymoon during the day.

I guess my main point is that sometimes restaurants stink. Sometimes you order wrong, and sometimes it just isn't that good. I'm glad we tried it, though - I would go back for drinks or happy hour, but I will never want to buy entrees there again (plus, that gets me to 48/100!). You win some and lose some and in a list of 100 restaurants, I'm bound to catch one on a bad day. And if that's the worst thing that happened to me this weekend, then my life really isn't all that bad.


                     Weekending

20 comments:

  1. What a bummer the Mexican place wasn't that good. At least you gave it a try though. The Honeymoon sounds like a fun place. The Beignets look so good.

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  2. Oh man. Nothing is worse than crappy Mexican food. That is one of my fave type of food. Next to Italian. Come on over my house.. I can make bomb ass Mexican food!

    The Honeymoon sounds like a wonderful place to have a date with your S/O. I wish we had something like that here. I love the name too!

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  3. honestly though there is nothing worse than a disappointing meal that you paid for.. i can handle my cooking not tasting the best but when i pay for something and its not what i expect i get really upset :( boo.

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  4. I totally agree - there is nothing worse than bad food, especially when it is something that you had been looking forward to!! I've had a few disappointing meals in the past year and the bright side is I know I'll never make the mistake of going there again!!

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  5. We had dinner out on Saturday. It was expensive and just okay. That annoys me. I meant to write that in my post but just shared the photos because I was in a rush yesterday.

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  6. that's always so disappointing - going to a restaurant that had rave reviews and the food falls flat. that happened to me once and it was so upset because i was so excited to eat their main dish. oh well. at least the company was fun.

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  7. Yay for being able to view your blog from work again! That is a real first world problem for me ;) I hate when I try new places that others rave about and don't enjoy or love the food...like what am I missing, or what are THEY?

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  8. I always hate being disappointed with a place or meal when it has been talked up! bad food can put me in a sour mood real quick womp womp

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  9. I hate when a restaurant doesn't live up to the hype!!! There is nothing worse than poorly executed Mexican food. I feel that is pretty hard to mess up, ya know?!?!

    I hate corn tortillas. If I see a dish has them...I usually steer clear of it because the corn flavoring is always so intense.

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  10. Stopping by from B's link up. I'm a foodie just like you are... I hate when I'm excited to try a new restaurant and have a nice meal out and get disappointed!


    Sarita.
    www.itsagirlgirlworld.blogspot.com

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  11. Ugh I hate hate hate when there is hype around a restaurant then it turns out to suck- ESPECIALLY when you had to pay $$ to find that out...

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  13. I hate it when that happens. I'm definitely "that person" who sends food back. It was too many years of waiting tables, kitchens don't usually get offended when food comes back.

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  14. That place looks cute. Hopefully it's better next time!

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  15. I hate food disappointment, I had the same experience in Southport with my sister. I was mad that I didn't have room or money to try someplace else!

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  16. I hate having a bad dining experience. Like you said it is bound to happen from time to time, but it is still no fun!

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  17. Blah, I hate when restaurants aren't that great.

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  18. Man, what a bummer!! (And see? This is why I always get the same thing hahah) (I know, I know. It's important to try new things.) That bar is beautiful though!

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  19. Damn, you guys had some bad luck this weekend!!!!

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  20. I hate when you are excited about a place and it sucks...that is the worst!! I'm always so upset when somewhere gets good reviews and it is not good. This week has been crazy and I'm trying to catch up now :) I've been sick since we got back. Expect lots of comments :)

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