Sometimes you just need a really good salad.
(Please hold that thought for a second, and let me take a moment to say, HAPPY MARCH!!! With March comes sunshine, daylight savings, and RODEO! And speaking of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, I will be there TONIGHT, working in the wine garden. So if you're there, please stop by and say hi!!!)
But back to the serious business of salads.
Sometimes you just really need a salad. Like, say if you're about to get blood taken, you want to fit into that cute dress later, or you've been doing upside acrobats down like a monkey all morning.
After one such morning at Aerial Yoga Houston, my friend Lindsey and I needed some nourishing food in a major way. We decided to hit up Dry Creek Cafe, a restaurant in Houston's Heights neighborhood. I've been to Canyon Creek, Onion Creek, Cedar Creek, and Lowbrow, but never to Dry Creek. I sincerely love all of their other bars/restaurants and excellent food, so I was excited to try this one!
We started off by splitting the crispy brussels, which are served with a creamy serrano sauce. The perfectly toasted brussels sprouts were tossed with golden raisins and red onions, which gave them a wonderful sweet/sharp contrast of flavors. While the creamy serrano sauce added a soft, light tang to the sprouts, they were awesome enough on their own to do without!
As previously alluded to, for my main round of food I ordered the goat cheese salad. Roasted garlic, creamy goat cheese, sweet pear, and candied pecans were served atop a bed of spinach. I opted to enjoy my salad with the recommended side of honey mustard dressing. This light, playful salad was just what I needed. The creamy, mild goat cheese muted some of the sweetness from the other elements of the salad, and the candied pecans offered a wonderful dose of texture and naughtiness. And how can you not completely adore something that contains pieces of whole roasted garlic in it?? This was the perfect post-aerial-yoga-madness meal!
Much like the other Creek Group restaurants, Dry Creek Cafe did not disappoint. The relaxed patio is a great spot to enjoy one of these beautiful Houston spring days. The food is simple - yet thoughtful, well-prepared, fresh, and delicious. I'm happy to now have it on my ever-growing list of Houston lunch spots!
A salad of dreams.