Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Tucson Dining: 42 kinds of rum at Saint House


Update: Closed. I can remember when there were 2 or 3 restaurants on tired old Congress Street but those days are now gone. Congress is exploding with restaurants, menus, and ingredients for every taste and thirst.

Saint House which is its newest addition opens August 15, boasting 42 kinds of rum. Who knew? Especially since Tucson has a past as a tequila town.

Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of rum.

And what portrays rum better than anything? The Daiquiri.

I wish I could pretend it was a balmy night with a cool tropical breeze, but no, it was a bustling night on the cusp of Saint House’s opening day and the crowd was standing room only.

The decor is debatable. I liked the navy walls with three warm abstract paisley prints and super semi-circular banquettes and U-shaped bar. There even was a somewhat private room where you could hold a meeting,  or a private tete a tete. or an intimate dinner party.

The decor is similar to that at 47 Scott; minimalist and can be one-size-fits-all without a defining genre but still quietly tasteful. Whereas a few friends chimed in saying they wanted more of a Caribbean moment perhaps with an island vibe or giant vintage bottle of rum sculpture on one of the walls. You go. You decide.

I mention 47 Scott because the owners of that fine renown establishment as well as their speakeasy bar Scott & Co. also own Saint House. The expansion is due to 30-something energy and the creative genius of business partners Nicole Flowers and Travis Reese.

But back to the rum — Edie Jarolim and I sampled a few rum drinks — the daiquiris shined especially the Ron Matusalem Platino (from the Dominican Republican) – a classic Cuban-style rum…light, crisp, refreshing. My Airmail Cocktail made from Angostura 5-year aged rum, lemon juice, honey syrup and dry sparkling wine spawned a complex aftertaste. The more I drank, the more I liked it.

But back to the rum — certainly the star attraction as who in Tucson focuses on rum these days?

Saint House is located at 265 E. Congress Street, open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Follow on Facebook.

You are going to fall in lust with taro chips, homemade, warm taro chips paired with guacamole and banana ketchup. Wow! Ain’t nothing as yummy as banana ketchup. According to Wikipedia, banana ketchup or banana sauce is a popular Philippine condiment made from mashed banana, sugar, vinegar, and spices. Its natural color is brownish, so it is often dyed red to resemble tomato ketchup. Banana ketchup was made when there was a shortage of tomato ketchup during World War II, due to lack of tomatoes and a comparatively high production of bananas.

What’s on the menu?
House-made ceviches (3 kinds), roasted Mexican street corn, calamari, coconut shrimp, salads, Caribbean tacos, Cubano sandwich, creole catfish, stew del mar, and more.

You will just have to check it out and get your rum on. Yes, other spirits will be available but the focus in r – u – m.

One comment

  1. Just informed that Saint House is not open for lunch until August 19. However, it is open for dinner & drinks a/o today.

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