John and I recently took Jack out to celebrate his new job. We decided we wanted to try the new place at the RIM in San Antonio, MASH’D.
We started out with the serious queso with tortilla chips. The queso had mixed reviews at our table. John liked it, Jack was indifferent, and I disliked it. Maybe it had to do with the stale tortilla chips. For me, the flavors were not distinctive and it was on the cold side.
However, the Moonshine Mussels were excellent. The dish came out hot. The mussels were perfectly cooked and the house-infused garlic & jalapeno shine and chorizo came through without overpowering the mussels.
Jack had the babyback sandwich. The write-up for the sandwich was slow house-roasted baby back ribs, off the bone, house slaw, moonshine bbq sauce, hot pickled peppers, split top bun. Jack asked for the house slaw to be put on the side, and the server did make note of his request. When the dish was brought to the table, there was slaw on the side but a mound of it on the sandwich! I guess they don’t know what on the side means. Also, Jack’s first bite into the sandwich he crunched on something. He pulls out a bone at least ¾ inches long! I guess off the bone doesn’t mean it’s not going to land in your sandwich.
John had the rebellious burger with two patties and sunny side up egg. He said it was good, but not worth the dollars spent on it.
I had the RI dogs. The hot dog was covered with meat sauce and onions. It was delicious. Brought back memories when I lived in New England. I ordered their onion rings which came with their house ketchup, which was not very good. It was thick and had an overwhelming flavor of something like curry that overpowered anything it was on.
The service; what service? We could not get our server or anyone else for that matter to come to the table. Brought appetizers, but not plates. Had to track someone down to get the plates. Brought the food, but no silverware. Bone in the sandwich, took a long time to get someone back to the table to show them.
When we finally got someone to show the bone in Jack’s sandwich, no offer to make another sandwich, just an “oops, sorry about that” with a shrug. The manager finally came over after we got the check (which also took a very long time to get) to tell Jack he would give him a drink on the house. Come on people, you can do better than that! The manager should have taken that check and deducted his sandwich. Jack could have choked on that thing.
If you want to go to Mash’d for drinks, you won’t be disappointed. That’s the kind of establishment it is. However, the food is a hit or miss. The service for us wasn’t there, but I talked to a friend recently that said the server wouldn’t leave them alone.
MASH’D will fare well for a while as it is a novelty here at the RIM. Only time will tell for how long.
Until next time, happy creating.