Friday, January 28, 2011

Martinis down the stairwell

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Did you know Eureka Springs has a martini bar? I didn’t, not until I stumbled into the stairwell across from the Basin Park Hotel and made it down to the landing below. I was actually searching out food; martinis weren’t really on my mind.

Henri’s Just One More is a neat little place a story above Main Street and a story below the intersection of Spring and Center. It’s a wi-fi hot spot, a watering hole and a lovely little spot to catch a bite to eat.

It’s also a grill. On this visit we came hungry and went for some of their Parmesan Wings ($8.95 for 12). These were pretty hearty looking wings, fresh and apparently hand-breaded at the restaurant. They were served up with a parmesan ranch sauce along with carrot and celery sticks. The wings were very good with a lot of meat to them and a nice crisp crust, but we’d recommend that they consider a blue cheese sort of dressing as another alternative.

My dining partner did mention he’d love to see these in a Buffalo sauce, but I disagree… mostly because I really don’t care for Buffalo sauce. But that’s neither here nor there.

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We also ordered sandwiches. The Patty Melt ($6.95) is served up on a dark marbled rye bread, a nice roughly third of a pound patty with Swiss cheese, grilled onions and both 1000 Island dressing and brown mustard (you have your choice of either). We also added bacon after reading the tantalizing bit about all the bacon being Applewood smoked. It was a nice and well-melded sandwich, a good example of the genre though a little odd thanks to the dark rye.

We were a little less taken with the Godfather Burger ($6.75), a hamburger patty topped with an ample slice of mozzarella and marinara sauce. The sauce and the cheese were fine… the burger was a little too done for our taste. It wasn’t bad, just not inspiring.

What was inspiring were the kettle chips — nice thick fresh potato chips with just the right amount of salt. Very addictive. They come with the sandwiches and they are great.

We weren’t there for drinks, but that martini list was very appealing with such choices as the Bellini Martini (orange, lemon and lime vodka, peach Schnapps and pineapple juice with a champagne float), Butterscotchtini, a Red Velvet Martini (vanilla vodka, Frangelico and cranberry juice) and all manners of chocolate martinis. I gave in and tried the Pineapple Upsidedown Martini — layers of vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, Frangelico and amaretto. It was quite fine. The choice of flavors was well thought out — I wouldn’t think to put a nutty hazelnut liqueur in such a beverage but here it worked, taking the place of the brown sugar flavor you’d get in a pineapple upside down cake. This wasn’t just a ‘tini, it was dessert.

It was a little too early in the day for me to do much imbibing… but I’m going to have to make another trip up that way to give the Chocolate Mintini a try. Probably will have to try a Speedy Martini (orange vodka, triple sec, sweet & sour and Red Bull) too. In fact, I may have to plant myself in a corner for a while — trying the stairs after taking in a few of these will like to have me head-over-heels, but not in a good way. Did I mention they have free wi-fi? No? They do. They also have happenings and something called a Prayer Meeting every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. where the locals and the out-of-towners mingle and chat. Sounds like a plan, man.

The official address for Henri’s Just One More is 19 ½ Spring Street in Eureka Springs. They’re open various hours, always on the weekend and some days during the week. They have a website and you can catch specials and specific hours on the restaurant’s Facebook page. (479) 253-5795.

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