Red Mountain Bistro would get all the points simply because they serve brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays, add to that the fact that they have amazing food with impeccable service and you’ve got yourself a recipe for success. But this isn’t a point system.
RM Bistro sits tucked into the shopping center on the corner of Resler and Belvidere which can be easy to miss. I’ve driven past it quite a few times paying no mind, but the heat and hunger made me drop in this week and I’m glad I did. With it’s beautiful patio housing “El Paso” marquee lights and intimate indoor seating it is the perfect place for a date, or even a casual lunch with friends.
With this summer heat all I could focus on was getting something cold to drink. In addition to water I had a guava margarita which was refreshing and flavorful. They brought out olive oil which had roasted cloves of garlic and balsamic drizzled in, with a side of grilled bread before ordering which I feel is usually a sign of good things to come. If there’s complimentary bread, and it’s good, I take it as foreshadowing. If the free stuff is good, imagine what a restaurant will do for food you actually pay for.
Keeping with the summer theme and wishing I were back home in Florida I decided to have their NOLA shrimp po’boy ($11) and a side of chicken tortilla soup (+$2) instead of the french fries or side salad. My soup came out first and it was filling, not too heavy but substantial. My only complaint would be that I wish there were more chicken. Visably, soup contained shredded chicken, corn, and onions, topped with crispy tortilla strips, creme fraiche, and sliced avocado. While every spoonful contained pieces of chicken, sometimes it was just a few shredded bits.
The star of the show without any doubt was the NOLA Shrimp Po’boy. Lightly battered jumbo shrimp on top of shredded romaine lettuce, sliced tomatoes and avocado between a house baguette and a slightly spicy remoulade sauce. Oh, did I mention they also crumble bacon top? While some cooks may use bacon as a crutch to fall back on, this sandwich would have been fine without the bacon (but hey, why not add some pig?). There was no confusion about which flavor stood out the most and that was the perfectly cooked shrimp. With the light batter instead of a heavy deep-fried coating that you’d usually find in a po’boy, the shrimp really had a chance to stand on it’s own.
While I had all intentions of ordering dessert, by the end of my meal I was stuffed. Luckily, I don’t think Red Mountain Bistro will be going anywhere anytime soon, so I’ll have many other opportunities to indulge my slowly budding sweet tooth.
Red Mountain Bistro
631 N. Resler