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Crossroads
New Restaurant Concept Feeds the Soul
by Barbara Linkin Mendel | 12.01.11

When celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez set about creating a menu for the new Crossroads at House of Blues he made sure he incorporated global flavors into classic American dishes while holding on to previous HOB dining favorites such as jambalaya.

 

The idea was to somehow use food as a way to touch the soul in much the same way that art does – whether it’s a beautiful watercolor or a classic rock song that takes you back in time.

 

His interpretation of comfort food is classically bold with a contemporary twist. And it should come as no surprise that he has succeeded.

 

With items such as luscious pulled pork sandwiches, crunchy buttermilk fried chicken, tender braised short ribs, and hand-stretched and grilled flatbreads; you’ll find Crossroad’s menu is sure to satisfy everyone at the table.

 

“House of Blues is all about music, love, art and spirituality,” says Sanchez. “In many ways, those are the same ingredients for great food, and that’s exactly what I’ve tried to capture in the new menu for the Crossroads restaurants.”

 

An award-winning chef and author, Sanchez is known to millions of foodies for his appearances on numerous Food Network shows, including Chopped, The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Heat Seekers.

 

The new House of Blues restaurant concept debuted in several cities this fall and was rolled out in Houston in September. The response has been enthusiastic. Surrounded by walls filled with unique folk art, Crossroads at House of Blues is a downtown Houston hot spot where food, music and art intersect.

 

Ron Bension, House of Blues Entertainment chief executive officer, says House of Blues has always been about great music and great food. Bringing in Sanchez to revamp the menu made perfect sense.

 

“Food and music are one and the same – they evolve to match the public’s changing taste – literally and figuratively,” he says. “Like a great band, a great chef understands this and constantly updates his repertoire.  That’s what we’ve done.

 

In addition to a tasty new menu, Crossroads at House of Blues has a great new look as well. The walls are peppered with a combination of antique road signs and U.S. roadmaps. The rusted vintage road signs come from all over the world, reinforcing the new multicultural backdrop to the juke joint/roadhouse textures for which the House of Blues has become known.

 

Beyond the cool vibe and delicious new menu is, of course, the music for which House of Blues has become known. Crossroads makes for the perfect start for a night out. Chow down on some soulful specialties before you fill yourself up with the latest sounds.

 

Crossroads at House of Blues is open Sunday through Friday for lunch. and daily for dinner.

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