Ever get into ruts? You know, the same routine day in and day out? We don’t necessarily get into ruts, but we’ve been know to follow routines. Most of our routines tend to follow getting up at the same time; leaving for work at the same time; having dinner (dinner is a fairly loose term around here some nights – cheese, crackers and salami are a staple – it’s what happens when there are just two of us) around the same time; writing/finishing our blog.
So tonight, we busted out of our routine and after attending an induction ceremony for a Women’s Hall of Fame, we ventured to a new spot in our world called, Cody’s Bistro & Lounge in San Marcos out at the exit for the Outlet Malls but on the opposite side from the malls. Finally, a much-needed night spot with terrific ambiance, comfortable seating, delicious food and a well-stocked bar. We zeroed in on their pita sandwiches with Jean enjoying a flat iron steak and Brian tasting a chicken and roasted garlic with mushrooms. Both of us had a side of fries and a side dish of cilantro ranch dressing (killer good!). Neither of us are big fans of pita sandwiches, but these were just really delicious . . . not too heavy and not too light, just the right amount of zip. The menu at Cody’s is upscale pub food – freshly made pizzas, salads and of course, the pita sandwiches. Besides water, you’ll want to wash your food down with something from the bar, and here Cody’s will quickly make a name for itself – quality bourbon and scotch, select tequilas, vodkas, gins and more. A nice selection of craft beers and a growing wine list. On the down side, the only one Zinfandel on the list, but know more will come. Cody is to be commended for jumping out and opening a great place – we really hope it does well.
Our sample tonight is a 2011 The Crusher Petite Sirah from Don Sebastiani & Sons’ Clarksburg Vineyards. What a beautiful color – deep, dark purple; almost inky in color but exceptionally fruity on the nose. A quick peek at the website confirmed much of what we sensed about this wine, “A jammy array of blackberry and black cherry flavors dominate the palate, complemented by hints of vanilla, sassafras, and exotic oaky notes that linger through the finish. Full-bodied, with rich mouth-filling tannins, the wine displays a multi-layered depth and complexity that invites lingered contemplation and enjoyment.” Fortunately, our food was a perfect complement to the wine and vice versa. Even as young as this 2011 is, the taste and body are well-developed and we can only imagine that it will get better with a little more time laying down. The nose and finish were both delightful – we would have had more, but it’s a school night – and the alarm goes off mighty early around these parts. At the winery, this is about an $18 bottle of wine, but we’d guess at most retailers, you’ll find it for less than $15 which is a great price point for a young wine that can be enjoyed today or saved for a later date.
After meeting up with our videographer and sound man for next week’s Chamber Gala, we headed home and were both really excited to have Cody’s open in San Marcos. He’s just getting going – but don’t let that deter you. The service was excellent – we were served by Alex who is a student at Texas State, and the turn around from ordering to eating was fast. We’re guessing that they’re still getting their timing down, but this place has an opportunity to carve a niche for itself. We’re hooked . . . and we’ll be back. For you, not living here, you’ll need to get a bottle of ‘The Crusher’ and see for yourself – it’s anything but routine!
Please remember to enjoy your wine responsibly and recycle whenever possible.