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Aug 26, 2007 06:37 AM

Lime in Annapolis has some less-than-desirable twists

Some friends and I just tried what appears to be a new tequila bar in Annapolis called Lime, and it wasn't a very pleasant experience. Part of the problem may have just been the newness: our waitress was EXTREMELY clueless about the menu, and perhaps more importantly she tried to hide her cluelessness, so there were multiple instances of her taking an order, and coming back 10 minutes later to admit that she had no idea what we had ordered; that was especially annoying when the things she didn't recognize were tequilas--if you work at a tequila bar that has a 100 tequila menu, you should either learn them all, or you should admit up front that you don't know them, and make sure that the customer shows you exactly which one they are ordering, rather than taking the order and then scurrying off to the back to try to figure out phonetically which tequila might have been ordered.

For example, one of the people in our group ordered a "Bloody Point"--basically sangrita and one of their tequilas mixed in a cocktail--and the waitress returned after a while to say that they were out of one of the ingredients for the drink. Since sangrita is second only to limes as a tequila-drinking accompaniment, and this was a purported tequila bar, my friend assumed that the problem was that they were out of the particular tequila that they specified on the menu for that drink, so he ordered a single shot of a different tequila with a sangrita shot on the side, despite my warning that based on what we had seen so far, the odds were good that they had in fact been "out of" (or never had) the sangrita. After a while, the waitress returned to ask him to point out the tequila he had ordered on the menu, and a while after that, his shot showed up, unaccompanied by a chaser. He reminded the waitress of the sangrita; she left, and returned to ask if he wanted sangria or sangrita (despite the fact that Lime doesn't even have sangria on their menu), and then returned again a while later to say that, as I had predicted, they didn't actually have sangrita.

The problems extended beyond service, though. Almost all of their margarita-style drinks were made with a sour mix with a noticeable chemical aftertaste, and most of them were also cut with Sprite (even their high-end $40 margarita made with Grand Marnier Centenaire).

They also have a very cursory food menu: of the 8 items on it, "chips and homemade salsa", "chips and an assortment of homemade salsa", and "nacho chips" were three of the offerings. We tried the nachos, which turned out to be the sort of snack I would make myself after school back before my mom trusted me to use the stove without a parent around: 10 Tostito's Rounds on a plate, each topped with a dollop of what tasted like canned refried beans, some shredded cheese, and a canned jalapeno, and then microwaved, for which we were charged $9.

So on the whole, I'd have to call Lime overpriced and underwhelming.

1803 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401

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  1. You know, there hasn't been one successful restaurant/bar in that location in the 10 years I've lived in Annapolis. It's always overpriced, sub-par food. The building must be cursed! Thanks for the heads up so I don't waste my time and money.

    1. Thanks for the head's up.

      1. Does anyone know if this is an off-shoot of the Lime tequila bar in Baltimore (on Fort Ave)?

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          1. re: pigtowner

            It certainly sounds like it is. I've had the exact nacho dish described above at the Lime on Fort Ave.

            1. re: KAZ

              Great, Just want Annapolis needs. Another subpar establishment.

              1. re: KAZ

                So is there anything redeeming about the Balmr Lime? I would assume it's at least somewhat successful if they've spun off a second location, but I can't imagine how that could be based on my experience at the Annapolis one.

                1. re: sweth

                  When you walk in the door, they give you a lime half with tequila poured in it! I like it for drinks, never had the food but it always looked sketchy.

                  1. re: sweth

                    Maybe 2 for 1 Tuesdays. It's not worth it for me, though. Everything (food and drinks) is 2 for 1. Of course, get there early or you'll be standing. And don't plan on ordering food. I went a while back and it took an hour and a half to get those nachos referenced above - which were made with chicken from a can.

                    The only reason I could see going is if you are a tequila junkie and want to get some of the rarer stuff you can't find in a typical bar.

              2. I live in Annapolis and am always looking for something good. This sounds like it isn't it. I did call to see if they had opened and got a very snippy 'yes for two weeks', so I asked what type of menu and this person did not know what the restaurant served either. Thanks for the heads up I won't even bother. Didn't anyone tell them how important first impressions really are.

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                1. re: esh

                  Funny, I think they just got a good write-up from What's Up Annapolis magazine. The people who review for them praise every place they go to. They once made Bill Bateman's sound like gourmet food. If Annapolis had a many good restaurants as the reviewer swould lead us to believe we would never have to venture into DC or baltimore for good eats.

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