I struggle when I have not-so-nice things to say about places as I try to keep this a positive blog. But... I always say that if something is bad enough I'll let people know. Brent and I attempted to eat at Snack Bar the other night and it was a colossal fail. Granted we were expecting slow service based on all the yelp reviews we've read but I have to say it was a bit worse than what I expected.
I love the decor of the place and was really hoping the reviews were wrong as we strolled in on Saturday evening.
It wasn't as busy as I had expected it to be on a Saturday night. Less than half the tables outside were taken and I was excited for the opportunity to sit outside, enjoy a beer, and have a bit to eat. Again, I had heard the service was slow, but I didn't mind on such a beautiful night! When we walked in, I saw the same, less than half the tables were full. We walked up to the hostess stand and stood there for a few minutes when a waitress whisked by and said, "We'll be with you as soon as we can. (sigh). We're slammed." Brent and I looked at each other in total confusion since in the whole restaurant less than half the tables were seated. Hmmm. So, she comes back and we ask for a table outside. They couldn't do it because they were expecting a large party. Hmpf, no big deal, we'll sit at the bar in front of the window... good people watching I thought! We were seated and it took no less than 20 minutes for the same girl to come take our drink order. Another 10 minutes before I actually received my bottled beer and Brent got his water. Both times we attempted to order food but she was gone before we could even blink. I believe another 20 minutes or so went by and we decided to pay and leave. I hadn't eaten since 9:30 am and the beer was getting to me quickly. Brent hopped on his bike and dashed down to South Congress Cafe to put our name on a waiting list, while I tried to hunt down a way to pay our tab. It was ridiculous.
The savior: South Congress Cafe!
Thankfully Brent was able to get us on the waiting list and it was going to be about 40 minutes. We figured we fared a better chance of actually getting food here and we knew it would be good.
Luckily, we found a two seats at the bar and we cozied up there quickly and started ordering drinks and food! I love, love, love their salsa sampler. Their salsa is always fresh and their homemade chips just can't be beat. Pair that with a bloody mary and I'm super happy again.
Kelly made our night! So cute and bubbly and just a total doll. We had already ordered our salsa when she told us about the specials and this appetizer just sounded so good! It was a homemade flour tortilla with grilled panela cheese and corn pico de gallo. The sweet corn with the melty, grilled, salty cheese and I never wanted to leave!! It was insane.
I wanted another bloody mary and Kelly recommended a bloody mary martini. What the heck? I've never heard of such a thing. I loved the way the chilled vodka sat so politely on top of the bloody mary mix. Why polite? I don't know, I just like the way that sounds. Anyways, when it mixed together it was perfection. Excellent recommendation!
By the time we ordered dinner I was a little bit sauced and all inhibitions about local food and carbon footprint fell by the wayside. Brent and I split the trout almondine and it was super good. A definite endorsement from L*3.
So, we decided to forgo our table in the dining room and eat dinner at the bar at South Congress Cafe. It was delightful and scrumptious and overall a great turn of events!