Fall has arrived, ushering in a new season of shopping. That means you need some sit-down sustenance to plot your next sale strategy. For this month’s Where to Eat, we’re visiting The Shops at La Cantera for retail therapy and some surprisingly sophisticated fare.
Cafe Bistro at Nordstrom
Trying to fit in to those jeans on the bottom floor of Nordstrom is easier than you think with the healthy menu at their in-house cafe. Try the crab, mango, and avocado salad with a tangy cilantro lime vinaigrette or the citrus turkey sandwich, kicked up with a tart cranberry chutney.
Kids getting cranky? They’ll feel better with a giant cheese pizza before your excursion. But with wood-fired pizzas topped with everything from roasted red peppers and ricotta to chicken breast drizzled in Frank’s RedHot sauce, there's something for every palate. Add a glass of their Mille Gradi Tuscan red wine if you need to put a cranky adult in a better mood, too.
Mariposa at Neiman Marcus
Shop, eat, shop, eat. The perfect pair of boots can hang table side while you imbibe on Mariposa’s bites and champagne. Need a little more pep in your step? Recharge with one of Mariposa’s more filling entrees like quinoa spaghetti or a salmon filet served with a luscious beurre blanc.
Shopping is cardio, so don’t let anyone tell you that you haven’t earned those tacos. Born in Laredo, this fast-casual chain specializes in the cuisine of North Pacific Mexico. We like the Tacos Dorados, deep-fried rolled corn tortillas filled with beef and potato, dipped into a side of spicy Choriqueso.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
After shopping all day, you're sure to be tired, but don’t go home just yet. Celebrate all the bargains you found with a giant pork chop, two bottles of wine, and rocky road bread pudding. If you're going to max out your credit card, you might as well go whole hog.
Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar
Stretching your stomach before you stretch out your wallet is a no brainer. Pre-game your shopping spree with hearty dishes like Whiskey Cake’s turducken meatballs — made with Israeli chickpea puree, tomato, cucumber, and feta fatoush — or a pork belly Benedict with flaky scratch biscuits and creamy smoked chili hollandaise.