for the hubs' 30th birthday celebration, we decided to try out a "new to us" place - infusions eats & drinks in mcallen on main street. when we lived in florida, we fell in love with ceviche ( we even looked into the location as a potential wedding venue ) - and infusions seems to be the rio grande valley equivalent. in the same spirit as ceviche, the restaurant has heavy emphasis on tasting plates and cocktails, which makes it a great location for happy hours, date nights, dinners and group functions.
we enjoyed dinner outside on their gorgeous patio, which might be one of my new favorite spots in mcallen due to the ambiance cultivated in that space ( they had live music starting at 9pm! ) their dinner menu is divided into small plates ( like appetizers or tapas ) salads and entrees. most of us opted for a sampling of small plates, which was a great way to test out different items on the menu in one trip. our table favorites included the patatas bravas, duck fat fried potatoes, the mussels & chorizo, and the pulled pork tacos.
i was happy to see that the infusions menu is extremely varied. they included traditional options ( a cheese plate, tacos, salad, chicken and steak entrees ) along with dishes that play with more unique ingredients to up the interest factor in their offerings. the use of duck fat, truffle cream, and kimchee is something you see a lot of in more foodie-centric, larger metro areas and i'm beyond psyched to see this type of creativity making it's way into the restaurant scene in the valley.
i'm also happy to report that infusions handled our larger party with grace and the service ( including our split checks ) was very smooth. we're excited to come back ( very ) soon to try out their brunch menu, specifically the belgian waffle and fishbowl-sized cocktails!
special thanks again to infusions and our friends for making j's evening so special.
the pulled pork tacos were fantastic, especially in the crispy shell! they were served topped with kimchee and parsley with a squeeze of lime.
patatas bravas shown above, served with a spicy lemon aioli.
above: the mussels and chorizo, below: the duck fat fried potatoes with parmesan, parsley and truffle cream.
below: i ordered a watermelon martini and the bartender recommended their watermelon lollipop martini instead, for it's local flavor. when it came out i was skeptical, as i don't normally love the chili in my cocktails or as a garnish, and i don't love bloody mary's, which is just what it looked like! but i was pleasantly surprised, the cocktail looks hot but tasted clean and refreshing and not as sweet as a traditional watermelon martini. it contains tamarindo infused vodka, simple syrup, lime and trechas.
below: live music set up on the patio around 8:30 in this space.
reservations are recommended, you can call 956.627.2905 or visit their website to secure your reservation and view their full menus.