It is hard to believe the transformation of the Castleberry Hill area over the last 5 to 10 years. It really has been changed with great loft spaces, art galleries and restaurants. One such restaurant is No Mas. My friend Tim had been telling me for quite a while that No Mas is one of his regular hangouts and that I must give No Mas a try.
So, on a recent Friday, thought I ‘d check out the 4th Friday Art Stroll that takes place in Castleberry Hill and combined that with a trip to No Mas. What a great time we had! Although we only went to a couple galleries, I definitely had my fill of art and got take some neat pictures in the process.
By about 830, we were pretty hungry and ready for our dinner. We thought that by waiting this long, it would help us avoid some of the crowds. But No Mas was still really busy at this point. So, we opted to sit outside, although the inside of the restaurant is much prettier. However, hunger trumped atmosphere on this evening.
I seem to remember reading something about a special prix fixe menu during the evenings of Art Stroll that comes with appetizer, entree and dessert, but if they have one, it must be a secret because it wasn’t on the menu we were given. Perhaps they did away with that promotion.
Since there were 3 of us,we ordered a pitcher of margaritas. While the pitcher seems gigantic, I would say we had about 5 or 6 pours from it. And pretty weak pours at that. I had 2 margaritas out of that and didn’t feel the slightest buzz.
I had my eye on the Camarónes Alambres: shrimp skewers with plantains and mashed potatoes, but Glen went for that, so I decided to go for the mix and match offering which would allow me to try a variety of items. Everything on Glen’s plate was excellent. The plantains were sweet, the mashed potatoes spicy (I think they had chipotles in them) and the shrimp with it’s tamarind sauce was spot on.
The only thing I didn’t care for was the skewers that the shrimp came on. I understand that it pretties up the presentation, but it was a hassle to get the shrimps off the skewer, I mean a real pain the ass. There was no getting around using your fingers, so the sticky sauce, yep you guessed it, gets all over your hands. Glen got tired fighting with some of them and just cut them off of the skewer with his knife.
I chose the Pork Tamale, the Beef Echiliada with Mole sauce and a Chicken Enchilada with Guajillo Sauce. My meal was pretty bland and boring. First, the pork tamale…um I think there was pork in there….somewhere, lacked much of any taste. Second, the beef enchilada, which I chose Mole sauce for, was ok, but the sauce wasn’t the greatest. I prefer the Mole sauce at Rosa Mexicana which tastes much fresher. This tasted like it came out of a jar. Third, the Chicken Enchilada with Guajilla (red peppery sauce), was the best item on my plate. The rice and beans were utterly forgettable.
We were stuffed with our chips and food and there is no way we could have eaten dessert but I would have loved to have tried the quatro leches cake. Sounds delish. Next time I visit, I’ll have the sides (chipotle mashed potatoes and sweet plantains). That way, I’ll most definitely have room for dessert!
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