I didn’t have to travel more than a few miles from home to get to May's featured restaurant for The Weekend Gourmet Dines Out series! Little did I know that one of San Antonio’s best new restaurants is located right in my neighborhood...lucky me! I’m so glad that I had a chance to visit RoMo’s Cafe and sample some of their signature menu items. For local readers, RoMo’s Cafe opened on Culebra, not far from Ingram Park Mall, last fall. Since then they’ve steadily built a loyal following of regular customers...and they’ve received tons of local accolades for their fantastic food.
RoMo is a combination of the names of chef-owner Rob Yoas and his wife and business partner Monica. Chef Rob attended the Culinary Institute of America branch here in San Antonio following a stint in the military. After graduation, he decided to open his own restaurant...focusing on local ingredients and a mix of items that ranges from sandwiches and salads to upscale gourmet fare. Let me tell you -- this place is legit: the meats are all cured onsite, and the bread and desserts are baked fresh on premises too. There’s a menu of core items that are offered daily, but Chef Rob is rightly proud of the creative daily specials that he offers. This is where he has a chance to really let his creativity take center stage.
Michael and I recently were Chef Rob’s guests for a multi-course tasting of some of his menu items. We were treated to an appetizer, a salad, a sampling of their house-cured meats, entrees, and dessert. As usual when I visit a restaurant for this series, I put myself in Chef Rob’s hands and let him share his favorite items with us. I like to conduct my reviews this way, because I always enjoy seeing what surprises come my way...and it usually results in me trying something I normally might not order.