I asked J to help me with the title for our post on RoMo’s Cafe and the current title is what he chose. I didn’t get it at first, but he said, “You know, it’s like the saying goes. Rome is a famous and vibrant city, but it started off small a long time ago. RoMo’s is a new place with a small staff, and food is amazing. It has a ton of potential and one day, it too will be famous.. at least in the San Antonio dining scene.” I totally agree. RoMo’s is a real gem and I thank another local blogger, The Curmudgeon About Town, for suggesting we check it out.
J skipped lunch again, so as soon as he got home from work, we headed over to RoMo’s Cafe. It’s quite a little trek for us, as it’s out near Ingram Mall at 410 and Culebra. Actually, we have never been on this side of town before, so it was an adventure for us. RoMo’s was the only place in the little strip mall in which it’s located that was still open by the time we arrived at about 7:30 pm on a Friday night, so there was plenty of parking.
When we walked in, the place was packed and we had to wait a couple minutes to be seated. However, it turned out that the crowd was the result of a post-funeral dinner. Had they not been there, we would have had a similar experience to The Curmudgeon who noted that the cafe was sparsely attended. I imagine that as word of the tasty food and friendly service spreads, an increase in diners will follow!
It seemed that the influx of diners due to the funeral party was a bit unexpected. There were only two waiters on staff, and boy, they were running around like crazy waiting on everyone in the packed restaurant. Despite this, both servers were upbeat and chipper. Any time there was a slight wait on anything, they profusely apologized. Our main waiter was a cheerful fellow named Robert. J and I each ordered a glass of pinot grigio – and at $5 a glass it definitely fit within our New Year’s resolution budget constraints!
As we sipped our wine, we looked over the menu. We decided to start out with an order of the “Haute Fries” – a helping of each of the restaurant’s specialty fries which include regular delicious fries, fries prepared with duck fat and sprinkled with pepper, and truffle fries with parmesan cheese. Generally, I hate anything with truffle oil on it (it tastes like plastic to me), but these were phenomenal. The winner on the plate was definitely the duck fries.
The dinner menu is short and sweet, with good variety but not so many choices that you feel overwhelmed. J chose the Carolina Q, a pulled pork sandwich, and I ordered one of the evening’s specials, the duck confit ravioli. J’s sandwich was simple, but delicious. The pork was tender with just the right amount of its signature mustard-based sauce. The ravioli was just… wow. I could only eat half of it because it was so rich, but oh so good! The pasta seemed to be made in-house and the blend of flavors was like nothing I had tasted before. And, don’t worry, the ravioli didn’t go to waste.. J ate it. This was a night when all of the plates looked like they’d been through the dishwasher.
To top off the night,we ordered two desserts – the strawberries and cream cake and the pastel impossible. The strawberries and cream cake was a pound cake with fresh cream and a side of strawberries. J thought the pound cake was a tad dry,but my only criticism here is the berries were frozen and not fresh .. but I know that is hard when they are not in season! The pastel impossible is a yummy chocolately, nutty tasting cake with a flan topping and a drizzling of a sweet creamy sauce.
And, the prices were definitely right. For a meal that was on par with some of the more upscale places in San Antonio, our total bill for 2 glasses of wine, the fries, both entrees and two desserts was about $50 plus tip. We will be back!! On our way out, our server Robert mentioned that they will be having a special French-inspired reservation only event on the evening of February 3. We may find ourselves at RoMo in short order!
A lower rating for atmosphere due to the sparse decor and tv’s/projectors (turned off) that are visible on the walls.
7627 Culebra Rd, Suite 107
San Antonio, TX 78251