I’m a wanna be foodie- Wednesday Review

So a week or so ago I read a statistic that most New Year’s Resolutions don’t last longer then two weeks.  Seeing as how mine didn’t last longer then two days, I can see how that statistic would be fairly accurate.  This year, my resolution was to eat at only locally owed restaurants when we went out to eat (or at least owned by New Mexicans).  The problem is, it’s not really easy to distinguish if they are local or not.  There are some that are no brainers, and others that are a little harder.  So, I busted my resolution, but I am still going to try and keep moving on it.

A few weeks ago Greg got us a Groupon (if you aren’t signed up, do it yesterday!) for The Slate Street Cafe.  I had recently read a food review on it and decided that we had to go.  When the groupon came up it was a no brainer.  We made reservations for the following Friday, found a babysitter, and prepared for a nice evening together.

Slate Street is located in Downtown ABQ and is a little difficult to find at night when it’s your first time going there. Fortunately, my oh-so-good-with-directions husband got us there without getting us lost.  (He’s like my built in GPS.  We probably would have been driving all night if it had been me driving).  The interior is beautifully decorated and very modern but very comfortable.  We were both starving so we ordered an appetizer to get started.

(Now, I have recently figured out that I REALLY need to start carrying around our camera to have photographs to put on the blog, but since this was before then, I don’t have any to show you of what we ate.  Sorry!)

We ordered the fried caprese, roasted garlic sundried tomato sauce which is basically a round slice of mozzarella, rolled in breadcrumbs, fried, and served with a garlic and sundried tomato compote on top.  It was an upscale mozzarella stick like you would get at a pub only not as salty and with well balanced flavors.   My husband LOVED it.  I thought it was good, but it didn’t shoot my taste buds to the moon or anything.

I ordered the special, which that night happened to be a blacked pork chop with a demi glaze, green beans, and garlic mashed potatoes.  Since I have pregnant brain, I can’t remember what my hubby had (your lucky I remember what I had).  It was good, but not great.  I’m a wanna be foodie, so if I’m off base, please let me know, but I expected the blacked pork to have more of a kick to it.  For the most part, it had a more mellow, earthy flavor then I expected.  Also, the demi glaze was more like a gravy then a sauce.  Tasty, but lacking in a depth of flavor.  Perhaps the worst part of the meal were the green beans.  They were under seasoned and arrived cold.  I hate sending back food, so I ate it, but it wasn’t the correct temperature to serve it at.  The mashed potatoes on the other hand, were awesome.  Warm, tasty and well seasoned.  They went well with the gravy demi glaze, so that was a really enjoyable part of the meal.

Overall, I would say it was good, but not great.  I don’t think I would go there for dinner again unless someone else was paying, but I have heard GREAT things about their brunch and lunch menus.

B- (minus) for dinner, though the atmosphere was cool and the waiter was great.

How have your experiences there been?  Any thoughts?

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  • Melissa

    Thanks for the review, Shannon. Instead of dinner, I think I’ll take Norm there for lunch since dinner usually means a definite hit in the wallet! But we will try Slate Street.

  • ShannonQualls

    Thanks Melissa! You will have to let me know how it is.