Ummmm - as some of you know, I fancy myself a food reviewer. I recently went out with some girlfriends and after they ate, they asked, "What are you writing in your head?"
I hate "real food reviews" because they never eat where I would eat and they use words that sound pedantic to describe a chunk of meat. So I guess I am just asking you to humor this San Antonio "fake" food reviewer.
Two Step is one of the coolest new restarants I have seen. The unromantic location of a strip mall parking lot at Braun and 1604 is balanced by the fact that the restarant itself was built around an historic building. We dined inside the historic building complete with crumbling limestone walls and old wood. It was dark and romantic with real oil lamp candles burning on the tables. Did I mention it has a 4 star chef from Austin, Steve Warner?
I would describe the food as elevated Bar B Que. I was honestely a little surprised that it was a BBQ restaurant after I saw the decor, I am not sure why. After all, I live in Texas and it is called Two Step, but this California girl still has trouble believing that smoked meat is a preferred cuisine.
Rick and I were pleased with the pricing. It is comprable with eating at a big chain restaurant. Entrees were between $7-$18. We decided to each order and BBQ entree and a side. SInce the entrees were so reasonably priced, we didn't mind that the sides were extra.
The chicken, served on the bone, was moist and perfectly cooked with the right amount of smoky flavor. We made the mistake of ordering the lean brisket when we probably should have ordered the fatty, but who wants to order the "fatty" of anything, especially if you have enought of it on your own rear-end.
The BBQ sauce was divine! That is all I have to say about it.
A few critiques. The water tasted like the worst city water and was served in cheap plastic cups. Nit-picky as it may seem, it was in stark contrast to the elegant setting. Rick had to send a dish back to be reheated and it is always amazing what temperature can do to a plate of Mac and Cheese. I also was a little disappointed in the bread. I like more than one slice, and for sure would like something that tasted a little less like wonder bread. As the restaurant seasons, I am sure some of the little kinks will right theselves.
Here it is...the dessert. Honestly the pecan pie and vanilla ice cream made my eyes pop. This was an amazing finish to a down home Texas BBQ.
Two dinners, two sides, one beer, and one strawberry margarita equaled $40. Rick and I will be back for sure!