UPDATE NOVEMBER 2013:
Chef's House Restaurant is now on the island! At the south end, at 1500 Gulf Blvd in former Padre Bar near the Padre South Hotel. Same owners; same fantastic food. Check it out.
I have been wanting to try this small intimate restaurant that gets such great raves on the various review web sites...and I always seem to be wandering that way on a day or time they are closed. They are open for breakfast and lunch only and are closed on Monday. Today, however, my sister and I were "on" for lunch following a mani/pedi at our favorite Venus Nails and Spa on the island. I suggested The Chef House and she was game. We are soooo glad we made it. It has lived up to the raves and every table was filled by the time we departed (there are not a lot of tables mind you, it is a small venue). We started with glasses of iced tea and they served a complimentary basket of freshly made tortilla chips and 3 delicious salsas. All were very good - and unusual - and not overly spicy! Excellent start to the meal.
The have a menu of both Mexican and American cuisine and I have heard everyone say "get the daily special" if you are there for lunch. My sister opted for a grilled chicken breast with some unknown spice and the waitress offered an alternate of a mushroom sauce if she preferred...which she did. She was not disappointed. Beautifully plated with refried beans, an amarillo rice, and a grated cabbage salad, she said it was very delicious. I tasted a bite and concur! The only thing she didn't care for was the cabbage salad - not dressed, it was bland. Everything else on the plate was outstanding.
I opted for the special of the day. The special includes a main entree, soup of the day, dessert, and iced tea. Today it was a pork loin with some unknown, yet delectable, spices and a rich creamy sauce...and the soup of the day was cream of asparagus. I couldn't have been more pleased.
The soup was creamy deliciousity. I ate every single drop of a very generous bowl. Then, out came my stylishly plated pork loin leaning against one of the best mashed potatoes I've ever eaten, topped with fresh greens, lightly sauteed red onions, and a marvelous cream sauce. The loin was so tender it was easily cut with a standard table knife. It was simply to die for! Happy, happy tummy :-)
Feeling full at the halfway point, we boxed up the leftovers for my sister's husband and we were both served the perfect small bite of dessert. I love to have dessert, but rarely order it out...because it is too much. This was the perfect little mini sponge chocolate cakelet topped with a sprinkling of finely diced fresh fruit and light sauce on top of chocolate sauce....yummmmm I nearly wanted to lick the plate. It was "just right" as Goldie Locks would say!
I can't wait to go back - I want to try it for breakfast. It is likely a spot you have driven by many times and didn't even know it existed. I learned about it via word of mouth. I almost didn't want to blog about it - I want to keep the perfect ambiance of unrushed personalized dining that really makes it one of my new favorite places to dine!
Oh yes... one of the best parts...our check was under $25 for all of the above. WOW!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!
Went to Chef's House for Brunch on 10/23/2012. I had the Migas with Eggs and Salsa - side of bacon - side of corn tortillas. OUTSTANDING. Mr. Flip Flop had the Florentino Omelet with a tasty potato cake. He said it was absolutely delicious. Complimentary small-bite dessert again - awesome!
Then, went to lunch with my lady friends today. I had the beef enchiladas with red sauce. OMG - the beef was roasted and tender, not ground beef. The tortillas were tender, the sauce appropriate to my please-don't-burn-me palate and coated with delicious melty cheese. One of my friends had the carnitas - she said they were delicious. The dessert was slightly different - still the perfect bite - and so very nicely presented.
Rating remains unchanged from the original visit! Small venue - patience pays off!
SPI FLIP FLOP FOODIE RATING:
5 – OMG – that was an outstanding meal! I can’t wait to go back J