Forget Saint Mary. And Saint Paul. The only name you should know is Saint Felix.
Located at the desirable corner of Santa Monica & Robertson in West Hollywood, Saint Felix is a prime spot to meet your friends and people-watch. Grab a patio table and smile as the festive hordes of people prance by, en route to a rainbow-ridden dance club. Or head inside and check out at all the amazing pieces of decor dotted throughout the bar. The bedazzled skulls. The topless cardboard vixen. The Kiss masks. The naked photo of Burt Reynolds. (Don't worry if your vision lingers a little longer on this one- that's totally normal.) And the infamous leg lamp as seen in the classic film "A Christmas Story."
Once you've taken in your eclectic surroundings, settle in to their cushy booths or belly up to the bar. If you want something light and sweet, try the Belle du Jour (champagne with raspberry puree and raspberry garnish). If you prefer a cocktail with more kick, sip on their Pear Manhattan or Firecracker. (Warning: this one is deliciously spicy!) The Moscow Mule will kick your taste buds into flavor nirvana, but beware: they’re served in copper mugs that are so cool, customers have run off with them. (Consider this a public service announcement to please refrain from becoming a drunken thief, aka “That Guy.”)
In today’s overindulgent-Cheesecake-Factory-style-of-ridiculously-large-food-proportions, Felix offers perfectly sized tapas dishes that leave you happily satiated. The chicken skewers are served with a mouth-watering chipotle aoli, and the fish tacos are crispily orgasmic. For smaller bites that are ideal for sharing, order the cheese plate or delectable garlic parmesan fries.
If you’re on a first date and encounter an awkward lull in conversation, not to worry – the TV is rather hypnotizing, with a fascinating loop of old movie clips, hilarious still photos (think: a smiling ape sitting in the grass), and random imagery. Even if you’re with the most entertaining of your friends, you can’t help but sneak a few glances at the screen.
So this Sunday, be a bit naughty, skip the morning church services, and go to Saint Felix. Grab some brunch and a Bloody Mary, and say your Hail Mary in style!