At last my search is gone,
my bad food streak is done.
I have found my gastronomical love again,
all because of the General Public at the RIM.
Humor aside, I know I have been critical of the eateries and pubs at the RIM in San Antonio. It was getting to the point where I didn’t want to try another place. However, I had both my sons visiting me and we always want to try new places together. So, with some trepidation, we decided to patronize the General Public.
The General Public’s mission is to be a spirited neighborhood restaurant and bar with a commitment to wholesome food and warm hospitality. I will state right here that I believe the owners have taken this to heart and spread it to all their staff; whether in the kitchen, serving, bartending, or hosting.
When Jack, Michael, and I stepped through the doorway, we were greeted warmly and shown to our booth. The hostess (who also served us) asked if we needed time to get acquainted with the menu or did we know what we would like to drink and eat. We knew right away we wanted water and soda so we ordered those and started to pour over the menu.
She timely came back with a big smile and placed our drinks down. Asked if we had any questions and when we said we needed a few minutes more, she left. And she actually came back in a few minutes.
Jack ordered the bacon burger. The burger was juicy and cooked to perfection. The bacon aioli was a tasty accompaniment to the beef. I want to mention the lettuce and tomato (which I believe even if you are putting lettuce on a sandwich or burger it should be fresh, not wilted or brown), was garden-fresh. I was lucky he let me have a bite to taste it for the review; that is how much he enjoyed the burger.
Michael had the fish and chips. The fish had great flavor, from the battered coating to the delicate white fish. However, I like my fish to have a crispy coating and I found the coating on the soft side. Which meant soft on soft with no texture differences on the palate. The condiments were malt vinegar and bicky sauce. The bicky sauce was a tangy yellowish sauce, different from the normal tartar sauce. I liked it.
I had the TX wagyu beef sandwich. Oh my goodness, I was in palate elation. With the charred yet tender beef, creamy barley and rye (a beautiful addition to the sandwich without being overpowering), glazed shallots, the bitterness of the watercress, served on the crunchy baguette. Now that was a mouthful I enjoyed. Luckily I had two strapping young men to help me eat it, because if they didn’t, I would’ve felt guilty throwing that scrumptious masterpiece in the garbage. Could you tell what I liked best?
I would definitely recommend the General Public for those looking for a great atmosphere, friendly service and tasty food menu items. Maybe you can find your gastronomical love here at the RIM!
Until next time, happy creating.