Midday Mafia: The Don woos a lady friend at The Sendera

Oct. 9, 2013 at 5:09 a.m.

Editor's note: The Midday Mafia is made up of five locals who wish to remain anonymous at the moment. Names have been changed to protect the guilty and are as follows: The Don, Two Taps, Walnuts, Jack the Knife and Jimmy Three Cheese. The Midday Mafia will run every other Thursday in Get Out.

Saturday night was a good one in Downtown Victoria. The Don took his stunning date out to dinner and was encouraged by the goings on in "Old Victoria." There was a show of some type at the Leo J. Welder Center, and it was well attended. There were artists out on the square and craftsmen making something out of metal along Main Street during the Old Victoria Picture Scavenger Hunt. It was a really fun environment.

We chose to dine at The Sendera, the new establishment above One O'Connor Plaza that has become all the rave since opening. Well, the excitement is merited as we had a wonderful experience in a well-appointed atmosphere with a ranch theme so appropriate to this great area of South Texas.

When you exit the elevator onto the 12th floor, you walk into a large bar area with a wonderful view only accessible from this building in Big V. It's very nice, and the lights of our city create a mood that is accented by the live piano player producing classic sounds back in the corner. It is a must-see for Victorians. You will be proud.

Make no mistake, for many, this is a special occasion type of place as it is not inexpensive. But The Sendera provides an experience unmatched in town, even by its sister establishment, The PumpHouse. In my opinion, the value is clearly there.

We started with an appetizer of Baja ceviche that had a bloody Mary mix base cut with pineapple and topped with an avocado mousse that was off the chain. We decided to split The Sendera's version of a Caesar salad that was made with kale and served with a jalapeno cheese, grit crouton crusted in blue corn tortilla chip crumbs and flash fried. It was amazing.

I opted for the aged New York strip and decided to add macaroni and cheese as a side dish. Both were outstanding, and the steak was prepared to perfection. The prettiest lady in the room was set on salmon but changed her mind after our very capable waiter described the braised quail.

These birds were braised in an iron skillet, slow cooked for three hours and then braised again before being served. The chef deglazed the pan and created a sauce he served over polenta that was something special. We split the mac and cheese and still had some left over.

The bar is full service, and the staff attentive as you'd expect at any find dining locale. I am so proud Victoria has this new stop. The Midday Mafia will attend in total soon as the lunch menu is more reasonable, and I bet they have a burger for Jack the Knife. We will follow up on lunch. Until then, Fuhget about it!

Know another area eatery for the Mafia to hit? Email them at middaymafia@gmail.com. Oh, and like them on Facebook, too, facebook.com/pages/Midday-Mafia.



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