I’ve been dying to go to the local San Antonio restaurant La Frite for ages, but for whatever reason something has always happened that kept me from getting there. I finally went for lunch this past Wednesday, and thankfully it didn’t disappoint.
I wanted to go there originally for the mussels – I’m crazy for mussels, and Moules Marinières are my absolute favorites EVER. SideNote: I learned how to make mussels this way in a café in Brussels, Belgium -I mentioned to the waiter how very much I loved them, and he invited me to the kitchen to chat with the chef. I happily took him up on the offer, gushed to the man in charge about how magnificent his mussels were, and he tossed me an apron and a knife, and proceeded to teach me the proper way to make these. I’ve followed his precise instructions every time I’ve made them for the last 17 years, and I’ve had a ton of compliments on them. They are kinda yummy, if I do say so myself. 🙂 I’d heard that La Frite’s Moules were pretty yum, too – but I decided not to try them on Wednesday, because I was there for lunch, had to return to my training, and could not drink wine, which I think is an essential accompaniment to any good batch of Moules. 🙂 Instead, I decided on a ham and cheese crepe with a side salad, and some Belgian fries on the side – and my dining companion had the Croque Monsieur…very good. My food was absolutely bloody AMAZING, no joke….divine!! The sauce that accompanied the crepe had the most delicate favors, and the hint of wine was just perfect. The ham was slightly smoky, and the smoothness of the cheese provided the perfect counterpart and kept the ham from being overpowering. Fabulous!!! The crepe itself was light, perfectly cooked,and deliciously thin….just fantastic!!! I loved La Frite – the staff was attentive but not at all annoying, the ambiance was lovely, even during the day. It was GREAT!! I highly recommend La Frite downtown – I can’t wait to go back for dinner!!! 🙂