A restaurant? In HEB, you say? Really?!? Yes! My husband, son, and I stopped by Oaks Crossing for dinner last week. HEB’s new restaurant at The Market at Stone Oak offers a weekday happy hour from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with tempting food and drink specials.
Select appetizers during happy hour are just $4 each. Personal (8″) cheese and pepperoni pizzas are just $5, while specialty 8″ pizzas are $6. Also just $6 are the brisket sliders and crispy fried calamari. And, take $1 off Texas craft beer, wine by the glass, and mixed drinks.
Because we took full advantage of happy hour prices, the three of us enjoyed two entrees, a kids’ meal with a side, two appetizers, and two beers for just $33.
So, the prices are great but, how is the food?
Roger got the BBQ Brisket and Slaw Sliders. He loved them. He said they were not too smoky nor too salty, and they were topped with a crunchy slaw and a perfect bun. He admitted they weren’t quite up to the quality you’ll get at some of the famous BBQ places in, say, Luling, but they were very delicious for the price and he was pleasantly surprised.
I tried the Baja Fish Tacos and opted to have my cod grilled rather than fried. The fish was cooked perfectly and the chipotle sauce was creamy and not too spicy (in fact, I would have loved just a bit more kick). Topped with fresh, crisp cabbage and sliced peppers, the tacos were colorful, healthy, and filling.
Because it was happy hour, we ordered two sides to try. These Crispy Brussels Sprouts were amazing. I couldn’t place the sweet, savory flavor that, along with the crispy texture really made this dish stand out, but when I asked a manager, she said teriyaki sauce was an ingredient. This is a dish we’d love to learn to make at home.
The Truffle and Parmesan Fries were good, if exceedingly garlicky (which I don’t mind, but not everyone’s a fan so if you’re not, maybe try another appetizer).
Waylon had the kids’ cheese pizza. It was your typical kids’ pizza and, while decent, didn’t compel me to take a photo. Other kids’ meal options, affordably priced and ranging from $2.5 – $5, include spaghetti, chicken tenders, mac ‘n’ cheese, hot dog, chopped BBQ sandwich, or grilled cheese. They come with a choice of chips, grapes, or yogurt.
While we didn’t have any wine, the selection looks pretty broad. The variety of Texas craft beer was impressive and, generally less than $5 a pint.
The full menu has many more options than I would have expected to see at a counter-service style cafe tucked into a grocery store. With lots of BBQ (by the pound or plate), street tacos, upscale sliders, sandwiches, salads, pizza, pasta, burgers, and more, there’s something to satisfy everyone.
In addition to having an indoor dining room and an outdoor patio with a pretty fountain, Oaks Crossing also has a bar in the back that offers mixed drinks as well as beer and wine.
Other notable features of Oaks Crossing include:
- Kids, 12 and under, eat free on Mondays (one kids’ meal per $8 adult entree)
- There’s a small play area on the side of the patio
- Live music on the weekends
- Brunch, with mimosas (!) served from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. every Sunday (regular menu is also available)
- A QR code scan shows you each day’s discounted menu item. On the evening we visited, the street tacos were 20% off.
- Oaks Crossing doesn’t accept tips but if you feel compelled to leave one, they’ll donate it to charity. On the day we dined there, we saw a sign near the bar stating that all tips would be donated to Any Baby Can.
I’m not a huge fan of grocery shopping but a good dinner and a glass of beer puts me in a much better frame of mind for getting the job done. After dining at Oaks Crossing we strolled through The Market at Stone Oak. While Roger checked out the foodie offerings, I found myself most drawn to these cool signs.
Any place that offers super happy hour deals, great food, a family-friendly atmosphere, AND makes grocery shopping more bearable is a winner in my book. We’ll be back to Oaks Crossing very soon.