Bar to Bar Through Beantown
“Tico is one of those really amazing places where casual meets class.”
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Address: 222 Berkeley Street
Date of Visit: Friday, October 28, 2011
Server Name: Patrick
Tico is one of those really amazing places where casual meets class. We walked in wearing jeans, yet were treated as if we came in dressed to the nine’s. The waiter closest to the door (not even the host!) offered to take our jackets and directed us towards the bar, where he later bought our coat check tickets. While the bar was full, we were quickly seated at a small table close enough to still see the TVs if we wanted, but far enough away to enjoy conversation – the waiter pointed out that our table was a bit wobbly and even fixed it for us! Tico’s casual elegance continues with the attention to detail in the artwork and decor as well as the low-lit seating area and open air kitchen, serving such unique dishes as quail, blood sausage, and truffled octopus. This would be a great place for both a late-night cocktail or a quick drink after work. It’s interesting to note that Tico has an outdoor patio AND a tequila club…sign us up!
Valerie’s Drink of Choice: Pink Elephant
Ingredients: Vanilla vodka, Godiva White Chocolate, Creme de Cocoa, Chambord
Review: I was pleasantly surprised to see that Tico, like Brasserie Jo, was participating in Drink Pink during October in order to promote Breast Cancer awareness. This drink put us a little over our $25 spending limit, but with a dollar of the price going to the Susan G. Komen foundation, I figured it was worth it! This drink was delicious – it was smooth and tasted almost like a raspberry milkshake (with a very pronounced kick!). I was glad to find that the drink wasn’t overly sweet with both the Godiva White Chocolate and the Creme de Cocoa (another kind of chocolate liqueur) – it was perfectly balanced with the vodka and the Chambord. The only part that was slightly disappointing was that Eric’s drink, although not part of their Drink Pink menu, was much pinker in color than this one! It was just a faint shade of pink, as you can see in the picture.
Eric’s Drink of Choice: Tico Tini
Ingredients: Hibiscus infused Hotel California Reposado, citrus and pomegranate juice* (Tico was out of pomegranate juice, so I subbed cranberry juice in…I figure this just gives me an excuse to go have this amazing cocktail once more.)
Review: It’s quite unfortunate that tequila gets such a bad rap, especially when you can make delicious concoctions like the Tico-Tini. I blame Jose Cuervo and the bad decisions he is known to cause for this…but I digress. Tico was quickly able to dethrone the Kinsale as having the best tequila cocktail in the city, which is somewhat expected due to their dedication to Mexican, Spanish, and South American flavors. The Tico Tini did not disappoint, with the hibiscus giving a unique flavor that seemed to make my tongue numb on the first sip, but then played well with the tart fruit flavors and the subtle bite of the smoother reposado (“rested” tequila aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 2 months). The tequila was still able to shine, as it was perfectly balanced with the cranberry and citrus juices. I’d be curious to try the reposado on it’s own, as I could tell that it was very complex even when being masked by the fruit juices.
Wine Prices: Extensive wine list here! Check out the full menu on their website. Lots of red and white options ranging from $7 to $10 a glass, and $32+ a bottle. Champagnes available too!
Beer Prices: Twenty six bottled offerings, including the usual suspects as well as some lesser known beers like Famosa, Tecante & Red Bridge. All of these run from $4.25 to $5.50. Amstel Light, Anchor Steam, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Negra Modelo all available on tap at $5 each, with the exception of PBR which will run you $2.75.
Other: Along with the Tico-Tini above, Tico’s has four other cocktails on their mixed drink menu at either $9 or $10 dollars each. These include the Paloma (Tequila with grapefruit juice), a Blood Orange Margarita, a Cinnamon Apple Martini, as well as their Tico House Margarita, which is also available by the pitcher for $32. While we were there they also had four Pink drinks for Breast Cancer Awareness month, including a pink sangria by both the glass and pitcher. Tico also has more tequilas available than we could count – check out the whole list here.