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Now Open: Crossroads at House of Blues

Chef Aarón Sanchez is a busy man. In addition to his duties as a regular judge on Food Network's Chopped and co-host of Chefs vs City, plus serving as the Executive Chef/owner of Centrico in Manhattan, Sanchez has teamed up with House of Blues to refresh their menu at the newly branded Crossroads restaurant at HOB locations across the country.

The San Diego location quietly opened on August 15, and last night, I got a sneak peek at Aarón's new creations, including ahi tostadas, pesto flatbread, meatball and pulled pork sliders, and bourbon bread pudding.

The ahi tostadas were the most Aarón-ified item because of the mango salsa and chile on top. Other menu items with a Mexican twist include street tacos, ribeye steak seasoned with adobo and chile-braised short ribs. Unfortunately, none of these items were on offer and the items I did get to sample didn't taste terribly new or exciting. The menu may be designed by Aarón Sanchez, but with only a few options that are "his food", the menu overall is still fairly typical.

Two versions of flatbreads (pesto and mushroom) were passed around, and both were tasty. The pesto flatbread would make a great meal, particularly when paired with a glass of wine or a beer.

The pulled pork and meatball sliders were also quite tasty and seemed like the perfect menu item for House of Blues. They're flavorful, but not too far of a departure from the typical House of Blues staples.

The most memorable item was the bourbon bread pudding with bananas and white chocolate, finished with a bourbon caramel sauce. At just $4.99, this is a must-try item.

What do you think of the new menu?

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