Does it travel well?
That question has been the deciding factor when my family and I consider where to go for takeout. And the answer goes beyond the food, with the distance it has to travel and the type of packaging it’s in also being factors.
A restaurant that has adapted well to this new way of dining is Elliot’s Table, a small restaurant that puts its focus on food and community. Elliot’s is one of the places that decided to stick with to-go services only despite being allowed to reopen its dining room last weekend by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, whose plan for boosting the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic permits restaurants to operate with 25 percent building occupancy.
Other than the quality of food, I thought the restaurant did a good job ensuring the food traveled well through its packaging.
And as silly as it may sound, I was really impressed that the fries traveled well, which I think is almost impossible for most places. Usually, if fries are in a bag more than 10 minutes, they’re going to be soggy and a little cold.
Elliot’s uses little brown boxes that have a layer of what felt like plastic inside. When I opened the small box of fries, which was stuffed to the brim, the top layer was a little soggy from the condensation that had gathered from steam, but the rest of the box was still hot and crunchy, and deliciously sprinkled in salt.
In another box was “The Wedge,” an iceberg lettuce wedge topped with cilantro ranch, onion, tomato, gorgonzola, bacon and black pepper. The dressing was a bit messy, covering the bottom of the box, but the crisp salad wedge was still together.
The cilantro ranch gave this salad just what it needed to stand out. And while I don’t usually use a lot of dressing on my salads, I loved that the cilantro ranch drenched the wedge.
My last box held the Thai Chili Pork Ribs, four St. Louis-style ribs with chili sauce, wontons, crimini mushrooms and cilantro.
The ribs had a smoky flavor which blended well with the slightly sweet taste the chili sauce brought to the dish. The meat was tender and warm.
The ribs, which were $10, are on the shared plates portion of the menu. Both the ribs and salad fed two. So while some menu items have a higher price, customers can just as easily find options that are cheaper.
Address: 465 T.C. Jester Blvd.
Hours: 3–8 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday
Healthy options: Yes
Star of the Show: Thai Chili Pork Ribs