Santiago’s: 1 Howell Ave Bisbee, AZ 85603
* I am not a food critic! I am just a hungry biker! I love to ride my bike to food and drink. I try to fairly review things like: bike parking, how welcoming they are to sweaty people with helmet hair, food/drink and price.
Santiago’s is located in Old Bisbee. In between the Copper Queen Hotel and Brewery Gulch.
The vibe was semi-casual. I got the feeling they were trying to be uppity. We had just showered and changed before biking to this location so I felt fine, but had I been a little sweaty I may have felt out-of-place, especially since we were doing dinner.
Bisbee doesn’t have bike racks anywhere, but they do have railings all over town. I locked my bike to a railing close to the restaurant and called it a day.
Later, halfway through my meal, I realized there was a gate by my window I could have locked my bike to. This would have been a lot better since I could have kept my eyes on it. The way it was at this point I had to walk out of the restaurant once just to check on the bikes.
Lets talk grub. The chips and salsa were really, really good! Margarita Santiago Fresca was satisfying. It was subtle and you could taste the house tequila, which was good. It was just missing that extra yummm factor. The Spiced Beef Tacos were two hard fried tacos with shredded beef. The plate came with two sides. I chose the Black Beans and the Roasted Corn. The tacos were bland and very greasy. Dip the tacos in the delicious salsa and get over the extreme greasiness, then they will be very good. The Black Beans were completely unseasoned, bland and slimy. That was not good. The Roasted Corn was delicious!!! I would love to find that corn recipe. Amazing!
Chips and Salsa (gratuitous), Margarita Santiago Fresca and Spiced Beef Tacos (with two sides): $19.99 (not including taxes and tip).
Way too expensive. You are paying for an atmosphere they are trying to create and not the actual food. You can find much better and cheaper Mexican food out there.
*** As we were leaving the waitress, very nicely and politely, came up to Ed as he was unlocking he’s bike from the railing. (Ed was eating with me tonight). He was asked to move the bike, which he was already doing. Supposedly that was handicap parking, although it was unmarked, had a railing and had steps, not a ramp. Old Bisbee has an understanding where all unmarked streets are fair parking for cars; but that should apply to bikes too. Aaaand, the restaurant shouldn’t come out to paying customers who are already leaving to give them crap about a tiny road bike being locked up to their railing especially when the restaurant was empty and there were not any cars parked near it to begin with.
Overall we say Santiago’s is… not bicycle friendly.
- Semi-casual uppity vibe.
- No available bike racks.
- Not happy about bikes locked up to their railing.