I want to preface this blog post by saying, that I have been to Tiki Rock four times since they opened their doors in 2018. The first time I went, I was invited by their beverage manager , who I am still friends with to this day, to post for Instagram. That manager no longer works there. The three other times I’ve been to Tiki Rock were after the beverage manager stopped working there. One time was for a party where they had with a DJ and two times were casual outings not related to blogging or posting on Instagram. Now that that’s out of the way let’s get into why I refuse to support them.



On October 25th, 2019 I went to Tiki Rock with a friend to grab drinks. I walked in and asked for a table. The hostess told me there were no tables available as they were all reserved that night. She told us bar seating was first come first served so we proceeded to the bar. We sat down and waited for the man behind the bar to serve us water and take our orders. He made eye contact with me several times and never approached us. After about 10 minutes of him serving other guests and seeming very frustrated that the bar was full of customers I stood up and called out to him. He came over to us reluctantly and I said we were ready to order. He took our order and walked off. After 10 more minutes, I noticed he was standing at the register behind the bar looking around and not making our drinks. I called out to him again and he said he forgot to make our drinks and would make them asap. I asked for two waters at that time and he served them to us in disposable plastic cups. Everyone else at the bar had ice water in glass cups. I asked why we got our drinks in plastic cups and he said, “it was just water relax”. A few minutes later he brings us our cocktails in plastic cups accompanied with a receipt while everyone else at the bar had glassware. I again asked him why it was in a plastic cup and he told me “you don’t look like you’re staying long.” The bar at the time was filled with customers who all appeared to be white or white passing. We were the only two people of color at the bar. I immediately DM’d the restaurant on Instagram and shared a photo of the bartender and told them he was being terrible. They left me on read. You can see the screenshot below. Also notice in the images how my friend I have plastic cups with our tabs and the people across the bar have glassware. You can also see there is a row of shelves full of glassware behind the bartender.





Fast forward to this past Sunday night: I was out with three friends in the Faneuil Hall area around 8 pm. We were looking to stop by anywhere that was open to grab some food. We ended up at Tiki Rock. After the bouncer checked our IDs, we went inside and there was no one at the hostess desk. We walked to the bar where there were four available seats and sat down. There were two bartenders behind the bar who were slow at approaching us or serving us water. My friend asked for menus and water and we were given both. After looking around and noticing over half the tables were empty we asked the bartender if we could move to a table and he directed us to the hostess. The hostess told my friend that we could not get a table because they were all reserved. After checking open table, I saw there were open reservations for indoor and and outdoor table seating both at 8:00pm and 8:30pm. The four of us continued sitting at the bar waiting for one of the two bartenders to take our order. The one who served us the water seemed to be cleaning glassware and organizing behind the bar. He told us the other bartender would come take our orders. The other bartender was laughing with and serving the guests next to us. I asked him if I could order and he didn't respond just looked at our group and turned away, laughing. While sitting there for a few more minutes we noticed a party of two walk into the bar looking for a table, they did not appear to have a reservation. They were immediately taken to one of the empty tables we had asked about earlier. After not getting served for about 5-10 minutes after letting the bartender know we were ready, we walked out.


I then posted my first Instagram story below:








So if you took the time to read any of that here is my message to you: my job is to share with followers drinks and restaurants around Boston. I am the reason a lot of people visit new restaurants or establishments I feature and talk about. If a restaurant is nice to me only when I am taking photos for and promoting them but treats me terribly when I visit as a regular patron, that is a huge problem. That shows me that you can and will treat other people, even my followers, poorly. If I have the ability to influence people on how to spend their money in Boston, I do not want them to spend their money somewhere that has proven that hospitality is skill they lack. At the end of the day, I am a guest in your restaurant. Whether or not I am carrying a camera and providing you a service or not should not dictate how I am treated. Spend your money wisely. Go somewhere other than Tiki Rock.

It was my birthday last week on the 28th of February, as I'm sure you know because I talked about it since the 1st...and I may still be talking about it now a full week later. Regardless, I spent my golden birthday in Austin Texas and it was lit. Obv.


I decided to do a food and drink tour because what else would I do to celebrate my life? No really...I'll wait. But I don't want to bore you with words so watch this vlog I created. What the hell else are you going to do for the next 10 minutes of your life? I thought so.




You can see more content as always at @NailTheCocktail on Instagram but in the event you're lazy here it all is:


THE ROOSEVELT ROOM


ZOMBIE

RR Tiki Rum blend, Donn’s mix, Falernum, lime, grenadine, Angostura Bitters, caramelized Absinthe, served in a skull with flamed cinnamon powder


MILK PUNCH

Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, Barsol Mosto Verde Pisco, Evan Williams Bonded Bourbon, Landy VS Cognac, Batavia Arrack, Kubler Absinthe, Peychaud’s bitters, whole milk whey, pineapple, lemon, chai tea, winter spices



LUCKY ROBOT


JAPANESE DEVIL'S TAIL

habanero-infused sake shooters, lychee, pineapple, lime & chipotle sour, served in frozen cucumber cups


SPINACH & TOFU DUMPLINGS

spinach & tofu dumplings cashew cheese, candied cashew, cilantro, red curry oil


TORO+FIG

bigeye tuna, black mission fig, house cured pork lardo, candied cashew, micro arugula, red curry oil


CHIKI TORO

bigeye tuna, cured pork lardo, negi


MANGO & GREEN TEA MOCHI


MIDNIGHT COWBOY


BUROTU

Casa Noble Reposado Tequila, El Silencio Mezcal, yellow chartreuse, drambuie, passion fruit, lime, rhubarb bitters


GOLDEN PATH

Russell's Reserve 6yr rye whiskey, Batavia Arrack, pandan & ginger, coconut palm sugar, raw honey, almond butter, lime, egg white


Basil Hayden's Bourbon, Rujero Singani, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, velvet falernum, orgeat, pineapple, firewater


BARLEY SWINE


KC & THE SUNCHOKE BAND

Cazadores Reposado, Chocolate Cafecito, Sunchoke, Meyer Lemon


THAI ONE ON

Waterloo Yaupon Gin, Lemongrass, Coconut Milk, Copper Canyon, Lime



TERRY BLACK’S BARBEQUE


BEEF RIBS ON THE FIRE PIT

FIRE PIT

BEEF RIB

mac-n-cheese, onions and pickles


BEEF RIB

mac-n-cheese, onions and pickles


TORCHY’S TACOS


BAJA SHRIMP (top) & TRAILER PARK (bottom)

BAJA SHRIMP: FRIED SHRIMP, COOKED CABBAGE SLAW, PICKLED ONIONS & JALAPEÑOS, COTIJA CHEESE, CILANTRO & A LIME WEDGE WITH CHIPOTLE SAUCE ON A CORN TORTILLA.


TRAILER PARK: FRIED CHICKEN, GREEN CHILES, LETTUCE, PICO DE GALLO & CHEDDAR JACK CHEESE WITH POBLANO SAUCE ON A FLOUR TORTILLA. “GET IT TRASHY” – TAKE OFF THE LETTUCE & ADD QUESO (CAL 385).


THE WRANGLER

EGGS, POTATOES, SMOKED BEEF BRISKET & CHEESE WITH TOMATILLO SAUCE ON A FLOUR TORTILLA


LIL' NOOKIES

FRIED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH DUSTED WITH POWDERED SUGAR & TOPPED WITH CHERRIES



Cheers heathens. I love you.


-NTC

I have to admit, I've walked past Precinct Kitchen + Bar many times in my life and always wondered what kind of food they served...was it fancy (I mean it's attached to the Loews hotel)...would I like it? About a week ago (week ago), I decided to finally give it a chance knowing I would be in Back Bay all day running errands, shopping with money I should be saving, you know: the usual. I'll be the first to tell you, I walked in and was stunned by the home-y yet modern yet classy vibe it presented. My friend and I decided to go all out because I knew I wanted to tell you guys about this place and trying only a couple items would be doing us all a disservice...right? Just agree with me.


So let's start off with the interior. S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G. Like, you could take your parents here, your significant other, your long term hookup, your girl squad, your business meetings, or anyone for that matter and they will automatically be impressed with your stylish taste. I felt like Olivia Pope at dinner except I was dressed a little something like a wannabe college athlete starving for brunch. Balance.


Take a look at a few of the shots of the interior:






Brunch consisted of two drinks and a ton of food...because the night I had before was...let's just say...wild.


First things first: drinks. We had the Spiked Bellini and the Southern 75. The bellini was really tasty and definitely one of those drinks that you could mess around and find yourself having 5 and wondering 'why is my face so warm'? I enjoyed it. However, the star of the show was the Southern 75. I mean - just look at it below in its glory. It was 100% the best brunch drink I have had in months and I'm not just saying that. I keep it EXTRA real on the blog and don't shy away from telling you if something is worth your money or not. The Southern 75 is worth it plus tax. Definitely get this drink if you go. No questions asked. For a complete list of ingredients check out my Instagram. Shameless plug.





Ah food. Few things in life excite me more than good drinks, men who text back in a timely fashion, makeup, nail art, and brunch food...because the bougie black girl in me THRIVES off of brunch.


The first item of business was this Bucket of Buns. If you have a sweet tooth the dish of 4 buns is heaven sent. I took 3 home and am currently stuffing my face with them as I write this blog post. Thank you Precinct. Thank you.




Boston Common Coffee Pancakes. So Precinct, pull up a chair...we need to talk. You mean to tell me I can have my daily dose of caffeine and flapjacks at the same damn time. Why did we not start this relationship sooner. These pancakes are to die for. They even serve them to you with a small dish of chocolate chips and sweets to pour on top. I'm talking texture. I'm talking sweetness. I'm talking blessings upon blessings. Definitely opt for these if you are a sweet brunch person.




Now speaking of sweet brunch people...I'm a savory brunch person. Give me salt, give me spice, give me life. These Pork Belly Benedicts did just that. The hollandaise sauce is a habanero chili hollandaise. I did not stutter. It's not spicy if you're afraid of heat...can't relate though. But honestly, lets talk about how it comes on a buttery biscuit. English muffin who...don't know her. I'm saving my pork belly comments for last. The pork was crispy, fatty, and downright sinful. Forgive me father for I have sinned...or excuse me daddy, I've been a bad girl. Whatever the saying is. This dish was my favorite item out of everything. Pure perfection.




Because we're in New England I felt obliged to order something with lobster meat. Enter the Maine Lobster Omelette. This one is for all my healthy, figure conscious friends. The egg whites were so fluffy I was temped to walk into the kitchen to see exactly who or what was beating those eggs to perfection. There were big chunks of lobster meat which was a relief because I hate ordering lobster anything and they give you 5 slivers of lobster meat as if that's supposed to satisfy you.