Sunday, March 2, 2014

Crossroads at House of Blues {Review}

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There's some beautiful noise coming from the kitchen at teh House of Blues! Celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez of Food Network has recently put his mark at the Crossroads Restaurants within all House of Blues locations nationwide with a delicious new menu. Like the diverse music that graces the House of Blues stage each night, Sanchez has used his imaginative take on classic American dishes to create something for everyone, with over 10 choices for seafood lovers, a dozen different entrees, 4 signature burgers, vegetarian options and of course classic southern favorites to make your taste buds sing!
 
Crossroads at House of Blues is truly the place where food, music and art intersect. Relax and enjoy great tunes while sampling new Hand-Stretched Flatbread Pizzas, or settle down with something more sumptuous, like Lobster Mac & Cheese or Jambalaya! Sanchez gives veggie lovers reason to rejoice too – you won’t find sad salads under his watch! Sample cheesy Street Tacos or Portobello sliders – just two of the delicious vegetarian options on the new menu.

My friend Melissa and I recently enjoyed a visit to Crossroads Restaurant to try out the new items on the menu. With Melissa being a vegetarian/pescatarian, it was a great opportunity to try out the restaurant's vegetarian friendly offerings. That said, she started with their Portabello Sliders. She raved about these sliders and the touch of smoked gouda cheese was a nice addition...

For me, I wanted to try out their gluten free items and started with their street tacos. These were made with a grilled skirt steak that were flavorful, thanks to the citrusy marinade and fresh pico de gallo...

For our entrees, Melissa was drawn to the lobster mac & cheese after it was highly recommended by a few staff members. She loved how rich and flavorful it was, not to mention a very healthy portion that was enough for lunch the next day too! I thought the presentation of it being served in an individual cast iron skillet was creative...

I opted for their popular shrimp & grits. This dish was so good! The grits were more of a fried grits cake that had a nice crispy texture on the outside and creamy center. It went very well with the shrimp that was tossed in a creamy, slightly spicy sauce. I can't wait to come back just for this dish again...

And to think we didn't have room for dessert, we managed to each have a dessert to end our dinner with. Melissa went for the triple chocolate mousse cheesecake which was decadent and perfect for any chocolate lover. I went for the key lime pie (sans crust) and it was fantastic. The freshly whipped cream layer was light and airy while the tart key lime filling was refreshing.

If you thought the House of Blues was only a great music venue, I'd recommend visiting for a delicious dinner perfect before a concert or even for brunch - especially their popular Sunday Gospel Brunch. A special thanks to the lovely folks at Crossroads Restaurant and House of Blues for a wonderful and memorable experience!

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