Saint Be Praised

27 Aug

My friend and I had reservations for Saint House (Congress Avenue, west of Fifth) on opening night. It was a good thing. Because the place was packed. A U-shaped bar takes center stage below swirled colorful murals created by a local artist. Banquettes are created along the wall, while tables, in muted tones, take up the remaining restaurant space. They’ve created a private dining area in the front for groups. The look may be an homage to Miami deco a bit? Understated, nonetheless, like its sister, 47 Scott. The stairs that lead up to a second level (offices?) are reminiscent of the old Gallery of Food days (loved that place! does anyone remember it?)

Staff shared that a limited menu was being served on opening night. Still, one could get their share of taco plates, shared bites, or full meals. Seafood abounds here. And, there are vegan options. The server was a bit more than earnest, but well meaning. Hearing regional music would have added to the flavor and ambience of the experience! It was a bit dark, so I’ll have to share pics another time!

We chose two taco plates – brazilian steak tacos with a coffee chili rub and chimichurri sauce take me back to my trip to Puerto Rico while the vegan tacos shared sweet potatoes and a delicious crema. The tacos were wrapped in flour tortillas, though we were told corn may be forthcoming. Both tacos were bursting with flavor and were served with black beans and rice. The delicately flavored rice reminded me of a special meal that I’ve had in the rain forests of Belize. We both chose the grilled street corn as an appetizer. It was grilled to juicy perfection and rolled in lime, chili and covered with cotija cheese. Yum! Rum is their specialty – they have an extensive menu and a table side book about rum. We opted for the mojitos – just the right mix of mint, sugar and rum – it was excellent.

I’m sure our friends here will change the menu often as they do at 47 Scott. I look forward to tasting new things and reminiscing of my cruises to several Caribbean nations. I’ll be back – for another mojito, a flavorful island meal, and maybe some tropical music?

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