It was a Thursday evening, Kevin and I had a scheduled Yelp Elite event. He got caught up at work and had to stay late. With traffic and all, it looked like we were going to be super DUPER late. So we just kept driving to head down to The Pearl Brewery. After about 30 to 40 minutes in San Antonio traffic, we made it. We parked and walked around to decide where we were gonna have dinner. A Thursday night date is what it turned into and it was awesome!
The crowd wasn’t too bad. It was pretty chill. We stopped at Sternewirth at Hotel Emma for a quick drink. The Hotel Emma building is what used to be The Pearl’s original brewhouse back in 1881. You can definitely tell that they did very little to change the inside and that is what I love about it. You really get a unique and nostalgic vibe. It’s almost like you’re back in time. The bar is filled with chairs and sofas with tables to sit back, relax and sip over a conversation. There was an awesome cover band playing and I really wish I would have gotten the name of them. She covered “Blackstreet-No Diggity” It was pretty dope.
Anyways, Kevin ordered the “La Babia Margarita” which contained Milagro Tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice. He said it literally tasted like juice. Lol. I ordered one of their more famous drinks, “The Three Emmas”. This contained Pearl beer & a rose cordial, amontillado sherry, botanist gin, grapefruit juice, and lemon juice. Then, they garnish it with fresh basil. This was a really strong yet tasty drink. I was pretty tipsy after that one. There is a very scandalous story behind the name, “The Three Emmas”. If you’re interested check it out here.
After our drinks, we made our way around the brewery to check out menus and decide where we were going to eat. We decided to try Cured, which had been on my restaurant bucket list for years already. The building that is now Cured actually used to be The Pearl Brewery’s administration office. The restaurant specializes in handcrafted cured foods, from pickled items all the way to their famous charcuterie collection. All the meats are cured in-house and are displayed beautifully right as you walk in the door.
We walked in and got seated immediately because we chose to sit at the bar. The bar is a great place to sit because you can enjoy watching the chefs create their masterpieces.
After that first drink, you know I had to take a visit to the bathroom. It was clean, and very pretty.
First, we started off with some awesome craft drinks. Kevin ordered the “Marfa Lights Out”. It consisted of Del Maguey ‘Vida’ Mezcal, Luxardo Maraschino, and Cynar. Cynar is an artichoke-based bittersweet liqueur. The waiter (which I forgot his name, I feel horrible about it too because he is so good!) described it as similar to an old-fashioned, but with a twist. I ordered the “Starter Kit”. This contained Dulce Vida tequila, grapefruit, jalapeño, lime, and salt. I loved this cocktail. It was so refreshing and delicious. I love anything with grapefruit. It’s the perfect mixer.
For dinner we know we definitely wanted to check out the charcuterie selection. So with that, we ordered the six choice plate. For different prices, you can get a selection of 3, 6 or 9 types of meat. We chose the whipped pork butter, which was so creamy and delicious. I enjoyed using that as a spread to put my meat on top of. We also got the smoked duck ham (OMG), the cotechino, the 30-day coppa, this sausage that I forgot the name of, and for our last choice we ordered the cheese which was two dollars extra. The charcuterie comes with their house-made flatbread, several types of fruits, mustards, and items to accompany your delicious meats. We could have very well just ordered this and been okay with it. We were already getting full.
Of course, we are super fat at heart and had to get a whole plate to ourselves as well. Kevin ordered the “Beer Can Mussels”. Mussels made with their house-made Tasso ham, cooked with Pabst Blue Ribbon, and accompanied with the most delicious fries and a whipped aioli. The mussels were pretty good and the sauce was outstanding. Kevin and I LOVED the fries. The aioli was delicious and contained the most perfect amount of acidity.
I ordered the “Roasted Bone Marrow”, it came with white beans and a duck confit salad with loads of cilantro. (which I love) This was so so savory and good. I had never had a bone marrow dish in my entire life and I always wanted to try it. To fork out some of the duck confit and eat it with the marrow, OH MY GOSH. It was like butter. The marrow holds so much flavor that I wish I never left behind in my life when making beef. This dish was superb and I wouldn’t mind eating it again. The beans were flavorful and Royce and I shared the leftovers the next day. He tore them up.
For next time, we decided that we will just share a 9 piece charcuterie and share a small plate. We were entirely way too full! I was impressed with Cured overall and I cannot wait to come back! This ended up to be a successful date night.