March Foodie Madness: Best Worldly Fare, The Saint

Photo: Brett Pinsent
Photo: Brett Pinsent

WHERE: The Saint | 1416 East Olive Way, Seattle | (206) 323-9922

THE BUZZ: Seattle has been lucky enough to be home to one of the first tequila bars in the country — The Saint — for almost three years now, and this Tiffany-blue, triangle-shaped building on Capitol Hill seems to get cuter (and the food and drinks tastier) with each anniversary. The Saint turns three next month on April 9, so it’s a good time to enjoy the festive spirit that makes this cantina such a great find for special occasions and special events.

The Saint has been known since day one for having what is arguably the best margarita in town, and the skill and precision that its bartenders bring to each cocktail makes The Saint a regular on “best of” cocktail lists year after year after year. And the food? Chef Rodolfo Riveron, who hails from Mexico City, prepares some of the most delicious (and authentic) Mexican food this side of Southern California. Using only all natural, free range chicken, pork, lamb and beef, dishes such as Puerco Pibil, Carne Asada and Mole con Pollo — made with a 21-ingredient recipe — are the stuff of daydreams!

FUN FACT:As part of its Grab A Tail Series, Sauza Hornitos selected a handful of bars nationwide known for excellence in mixing tequila-based cocktails. You can imagine that The Saint was quite flattered to be the only bar featured in not only Seattle but the entire Pacific Northwest! They LOVED the Hacienda — a delicate mix of tequila, lime, Heering cherry liqueur, cucumber and sour mix made from scratch — and you can check out their tribute to this fantastic cocktail in this YouTube video.