Let me forewarn you, this place is not for the vegan-hearted. Barely for the vegetarian. With a name like Cured you can imagine that there's a lot of meat on the menu. Infact, there's a giant meat freezer with clear glass windows right as you walk through the the door. It's definitely a centerpiece in the beautiful space. I had Basque Cake (Almonds, Mountain Rose Apples, Thyme Ice Cream) and some delicious coffee. My friend had the Chicken and Donuts (Lemon Sugar, Jalapeno Syrup). And we were both beyond satisfied. I got to take a little bite of the donut and it was the perfect paring for the fried chicken - not too sweet but a perfectly paired piece of the meal. She loved it. And I fell in love with Thyme Ice Cream and Mountain Rose Apples. The cake was delicious, which goes without saying, but when everything on the plate is perfect, that is impressive. If you think granny smith apples can get a little too sour and regular red apples are boring, these mountain rose apples are amazing. The color was exciting but the taste was even better.
If you can't tell by this post, I loved everything on my plate. :)
Lastly, I have to mention the little notebook I photographed up above. If you're a first timer to the restaurant, they ask you to sign it and drop them a line. Then, when the book is filled up, they put it up on their archives for everyone to read. I'll need to take a picture of that when I got back next time (because there definitely will be a next time!).
Yes. Cured was great. I would recommend it. But again, not for the Vegan-hearted.
Best. Playlist. Ever. From old school to new school, the playlist while I was here was by far the best I've ever heard. And I was the most productive I've ever been. And the coffee was good. And my pastry was on point. Over all, a very very strong success. Only thing about this place is there is very limited seating. At first I was sitting at a chair using another chair as my table. Saw a couple leave and jumped at the table. But the chalkboard wall and super chill vibe of the place really have me itching to go back. I love the black mugs too. I've always had a thing for black dinnerware so they definitely won me over with that choice. Great playlists, great coffee, got tons of work done, I would say this is a great place to go and have a little meeting or just sit and work your afternoon away. There is some seating outside but in this sweltering Texas heat, I don't think that after about 10 or 11am, sitting outside in the sun is a great idea.
So I guess as punishment for not posting this earlier, I have no idea what this dessert is called. I want to say it was a Vanilla bean and honey and almond custard tart. It was a long weird name that had all of that together, but regardless, it was delicious. I had been eyeing this a couple of times before I finally got to try it, but the displays are never the same twice in a row so you can imagine my excitement when I saw it as I walked through the door. I have yet to try the coffee, which is sad as this is a coffee blog, but a girl can only handle so much sugar at once! My favorite macaroons come from this amazing pastry shop in San Antonio. I have yet to see anyone who does it better. Overall, this is my fave place for dessert hands down between all of the places I have ventured into. Plus the vibe of the place is great! Light woods, lots of sunlight, simple flowers, and gorgeous artwork (which I will need to photograph next time!). I'll have to mention again, this is my FAVORITE place for desserts (and hopefully coffee if I can keep my fingers away from the treats!) so far in my foodie journey.
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