The Saint or is it?

This was my experience of the new tequila bar in Capitol Hill.  

-Went to The Saint on Friday night. It was early, maybe around 10ish. There were about 15 people inside, including my clan of 4.

-Paid $19 (not including tip) on one shitty drink and one good one. Personally, I think this is too expensive for drinks, but I hardly drink so I have no idea how pricing goes these days.

-The shitty drink was the Mojito. When I asked for it, the bartender gasped. She told me she really wasn’t sure how to make one properly, but gave it a go anyway. This is not something you want to hear when you’re about to pay $8 on a drink, but I waited to see what her concoction would be like. It was shitty.

-She then noticed my hatred for her shitty drink and had someone else make. Someone who was, as she quoted, a “Mojito Master”. I tried it again. It was still shitty. I decided to shut up and drank my shitty $8 drink in peace.

-The margarita was better. Get that.

-We wanted desert. We did not want flan. They ran out of all their deserts (at 10ish pm!) and only had flan. We did not get desert.

-The colors and motif were nice, refreshing and cool (not cool as in rad, cool as in the paint was blue and white, giving it a breezy, beachy feel, not a matador, killing bulls feel).

-The matador themed pictures seemed out of place somehow.

-The price of the food looked expensive. I just had oxtail an hour earlier, so I didn’t waste my money on overly priced tacos. When I went outside and a drunk girl asked if this place was expensive, I said yes. Especially the tacos. She then tells me that Tacos Gringos is the way to go. I haven’t been to this place, but I’m skeptical (especially with the Gringos part). I don’t think I’m willing to go behind Rancho Bravos back just yet. I have some values after all.  

-I secretly wanted wings.

-I wasn’t overly impressed, but could see myself coming back because it wasn’t too loud or jampacked. This could either mean it’ll be a good date place after eating at Dinette. Or it’ll become something else in 6 months.

7 Comments so far

  1. imvb on May 12th, 2008 @ 5:11 pm

    It was busy when I went, but otherwise, check, check, and check. The decor is not expensive-looking enough to prepare you for the prices. After sampling five, I like the tequila cocktails at Havana better. And $7.50 for *three* empanadas is a test of my ability not to throw fried dough at restaurant owners. Not a hit, at least this early on.

  2. John Eddy (jaydeflix) on May 12th, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    Who goes to a tequila bar and orders a rum drink?

    That’s like going to a place called Bob’s Clam Hut and ordering a burger. Not to say that it might not have good burgers, but, it’s a tequila bar. Order tequila. See how that is first. I mean, it’s their thing. Go for their thing, at least on the first try.

    Let alone the rookie mistake of ‘If the bartender says they aren’t sure how to make something, CHANGE YOUR ORDER.’ I mean, dear Jeevus, you’ve yourself to blame for having a shitty drink if the person making it for you already said ‘I’m not sure how to make one properly.’

  3. mattw on May 12th, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

    taco gringos is indeed the way to go.

  4. audrey on May 13th, 2008 @ 9:10 am

    I’m with #2. Of course the margarita is going to be way better than the mojito at a tequila bar.

  5. josh on May 13th, 2008 @ 10:20 am

    When we went, everyone found the tequila drinks delightful. I had a weird but tasty tequila version of the bloody mary — complete with horseradishy bite. One cocktail even convinced someone to break her 12-year tequila boycott (the sweet, floral drink at the top of the cocktail menu).

    I didn’t try it, but a couple diners reported that the Saint passed the "mole test", which is saying something. Another thing to keep in mind is that the reasonably-priced food is exceptionally priced during happy hour when things are half price, A plate of vegetarian tacos on handmade tortillas with beans and rice ended up being five or six dollars. Oh, and the guacamole and salsa was delicious.

    I guess that what I’m saying is that I don’t miss Wing Dome one bit.

  6. josh on May 13th, 2008 @ 10:31 am

    oh, and for rum drinks you might check out their other bar, Havana. Although the last time I checked, their other rum drinks there are much better than their Mojito.

  7. chorizo on May 14th, 2008 @ 1:42 am


    We can be friends because you love Rancho Bravo, but this is inexcusable.

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