450 State Road 13 Saint Johns FL 32259
After picking my daughter up on Monday from school I noticed the much anticipated Saucy Taco was open! Luckily I had my handy phone with me so I could snap some photos.
We were greeted with a smile and a completely renovated space at the new Saucy Taco in the St Johns area, just south of Jacksonville on opening night. The decor was vintage Chevy. Very fun! Lots of wood, tin and photos of old Chevy trucks.
The hostess noticed my 4 year old dropped her sweater and promptly ran out into the rain to pick it up and then seated us immediately at a small booth. I noticed the upbeat music right away – top 40 and at just the right level to add some festivity to the air. There are lots of flat screen TV’s around for anyone that wants to watch a sporting event, without being obtrusive to those that don’t.
Our waitress, Corin, walked over to greet us with a smile and I asked her for a glass of the house chardonnay and if they have full bar – and they do!
After glancing at the menu, I was a bit disappointed I didn’t see any rice and bean tacos – all the menu items had meat and/ or dairy so I knew I would have to improvise. No worries – there were plenty of choices!
Not much here on the kids menu for healthy fare. We went with a few sides – beans and rice and inquired about the veggie – grilled tomatoes, onions and one other veggie I didn’t write down on my notes. My 4 year old isn’t a huge tomato/onion fan so we skipped out on that. Notice the lovely art work on the kids menu – the supply a paper version for kids to draw on which is nice – but remember to bring your crayons kids!
I went with the veggie taco – minus any dairy or avocado mayo and instead asked for seasoned avocado and a side of black beans and rice for $7. I also asked for some fresh hot salsa on the side.
When I got the tacos the first thing I noticed was I thought they did a great job with the plating – two tacos, beans and rice with a lime wedge on a spear. Secondly I noticed that there was cheese on the black beans and on the taco when I hadn’t seen that on the menu. Because I don’t have a dairy allergy (I choose not to eat it), and it was opening night, I removed the cheese by hand since I knew sending the food back would increase the wait time and with a child on hand we would have past the melting point. The taste was good with the seasoned avocado and portion size was also ok-to-good – there could maybe have been more veggies stuffed into the tacos but overall, for the price it was an ok-to-good value for the veggie plate. I LOVED the salsa and it appears to be made fresh, in house. Our total bill with two meals, my daughter’s two sides, two glasses of wine and two beers was $37.
My suggestions to Saucy Taco (other than a black bean and veggie taco!) are to stuff more veggies in the taco, offer a brown rice option, some organic corn tortillas as a gluten free option, some standard steamed veggies for kids and to be sure to notate the presence of dairy on the items that have it – there are many folks with food allergies nowadays and one can’t be too careful.
On a scale of 1-10 here are my ratings.
Atmosphere for a storefront neighborhood restaurant - 10!
Price – 7
Plating – 7
Portion size – 6 (including the rice and beans)
Taste – 5
Value – 7
Uniqueness of food – 4
Attentive wait staff – 10**
Overall experience – 7
**Corin did an excellent job of keeping tabs without overdoing it and even the busboy asked if we enjoyed our meal.
**Remember if you visit a restaurant in the first week of business to always give it another chance. There are always kinks being worked out and next time you will know exactly what to ask for!
We will be visiting again soon to give it another try.