The other day we wanted to try Jersey Guys pizza. We had heard about it and figured it was our kind of pizza place. Excited to try it, we made the long trek from Waukee to Beaverdale, only to realize they aren’t open for lunch on Mondays. It was a sad moment. So, needless to say, we needed another option. Looking across the street I noticed Saints. “Hmmm…”, I thought to myself. We had just seen a Saints the other night while at Menchie’s in West Des Moines, maybe this was a sign. What are the odds? I’d never heard of the place before, and yet there I was running into both of these locations within a few days of each other. It was like God had a mission for me: naturally, to try Saints.
So we hopped back into the car, drove across the street and parked. The first thing my wife and I noticed was their fun looking patio. “Hmm…”, I thought to myself again, we shall have to try that someday.
The inside of Saints is nice… clean, simple, ever so slightly modern. A large bar with stools adorning it sits in the middle of the space with booths and tables sitting all around. We had our two daughters with us and the waiter was quick to guide us to their high top tables which their high, high chairs were designed to work with.
We started with their Pretzels, an appetizer of two large pretzels with beer cheese dipping sauce. The pretzels were hot and coated in salt. The cheese was tasty… a bit on the runny side but the subtle touch of spiciness made up for it. The picture below was taken not more than a minute after the appetizer arrived. As you can see, it was a fan favorite.
I debated between their Tenderloin and their Saints Burger. Sensing my struggle, the waiter steered me to the Satins Burger. The highlights of the burger are the “haystack style” onion rings and Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce. Now, I’ve had Jack Daniel’s BBQ items at restaurants such as TGI Fridays and have thought to myself, “where’s the Jack Daniel’s flavor?” Not so with this sauce. They make their own Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce in house using, you guessed it, Jack Daniel’s whiskey. What a concept, right? The result… it was great. A bit of an odd question ran through my mind though… is it possible to get drunk from eating a burger? Now of course, I’m sure the alcohol was “burned” off while making the sauce, but the flavor was still there.
For my side, I opted for their garlic fries. Both my wife and I agreed that this was the stand out item at Saints. That one item that is equal parts genius and originality. Take perfectly fried crinkle cut fries and then cover them with freshly pressed garlic. Amazing. Now, if you’re not a fan of garlic, or even on the fence, don’t order these. But if you’re the kind of person who wishes they could visit Gilroy for their yearly Garlic Festival, you’ll be in heaven. They didn’t skimp on garlic. On the other hand my breath was still rank hours later, sorry.
My eldest ordered her usual: Mac ‘n Cheese. And generally this is a reliable go to for her. But unfortunately this time, she got burned, literally. Their kid’s Mac ‘N Cheese has jalapenos. Not sure why anyone would have thought it was a good idea to put in a kid’s dish, as I don’t know many kids who enjoy spicy foods. What this meant for me though, was that I got to eat some of her Mac ‘N Cheese and I thought it was great. My suggestion to Saints it to warn the parents when ordering this or to ditch the jalapenos because otherwise it was great Mac ‘N Cheese. For her side she chose their homemade chips. We all agreed they were great.
Both my wife and I felt our waiter, Tim, was great. He was attentive, pleasant, and did a good job of taking care of our needs. I feel the single most important thing of any restaurant is the service. You can make up for many shortcomings of any restaurant with great service but without great service you have no foundation from which to build on. The service at Saints was perfect.
When I was a kid growing up in the Bay Area, California, we would frequent Saint Johns, a well known burger joint in Sunnyvale, California. Not far from many tech headquarters, it was a place my dad would often run into many other “tech” guys he knew from major companies like National Semiconductor and AMD. I’ve never quite found a Saint Johns replacement, and partly that’s because the place was as unique as the clientele. But the burgers, pub-like atmosphere, and having half the name of Saint Johns, it will have to do for now.
Would I recommend Saints? Absolutely. We felt the menu selection was great. They featured several gluten free items which I thought was considerate. They also had many items on the menu that I’d want to go back and try. I can’t speak to the dinner experience, but if I worked in the Beaverdale area I would strongly consider trying and possibly making Saints my regular lunch spot.
About Saints Beaverdale
Address: 4041 Urbandale Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310