The Librarians of America Just About Destroyed Wild Salsa on Saturday Night

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Sara Kerens
The space, in quieter times; the tacos, in less eaten ones.
We arrived at Wild Salsa a few minutes before our reservation on Saturday night, but the door wasn't even closed behind me when I realized we wouldn't be sitting soon. America's librarians, in town for a big conference, had descended on the downtown cantina in force, and the waiting area was a dense sea of lovable nerd. The dining room was loud and packed, too, and the staff looked like they'd been hit by a really well read tsunami: frazzled faces, snippy tone, 10 minutes for a cocktail.

We checked in at the hostess stand and learned that they were still seating 7 p.m. reservations, and were working on a two-hour wait for walk-ins. At the bar, we ordered margaritas (smooth but seemingly light on booze) and mentioned that there seemed to be a lot of bookish types. The librarian sitting at the bar heard me and jumped right in: "We do our research." To which my dining companion, taking possession of his tequila rocks, said: "I didn't know they still made libraries."

Fun times all around.

As Scott mentioned, the conference organizers had actually suggested Wild Salsa, and the librarians apparently listened. A bartender mentioned that it was the busiest the restaurant's ever been, and a manager told they had to call in reinforcements, including staff from other links in the DRG Concepts chain, which owns Wild Salsa.

Our 8 p.m. reservation turned into 8:40, but things picked up after that, even if our server insisted on endlessly pushing the two most expensive items on the menu -- and actually guilting us for ordering tacos instead (which we did on Scott's recommendation). By the time we left, the librarians were gone, and the place looked to have survived -- more stray glasses scattered about than you typically see, but intact. A bartender was tidying up as I walked out.

"Did the librarians drink all your tequila?" I asked him.

He looked exhausted.

"Damn near."

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Jean
Jean

Well they'd better brace themselves because they're about to get another round.

G_David
G_David

Why in God's name you would wait for more than 3 minutes to eat in a place that's part of something called the  "DRG Concepts Chain" completely eludes me.  Although it does sound very Dallas.

Denise Montgomery
Denise Montgomery

You should have gone to a place called Jorge's. I couldn't tell you where it was, in the courtyard of some arts center, but it has been in business since 1947, the food was wonderfully authentic, we were seated in five minutes, and we were the only two librarians in the joint! My only regret was that we couldn't finish the enormous portions and follow them up with dessert...

NatWu
NatWu

There's a Jorge's down at One Arts Plaza in the Arts District. I like it pretty well. Eaten there a few times when I go down to see performances at the Meyerson or Winspear. Food's not expensive and everything I've had is pretty decent. Good choice. Wondering how you got all the way over there though...

Librarian
Librarian

So since Dallas didn't like having librarians come to visit, I guess we should take our business to another city.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

You must be a troll -- real librarians know how to read.

Librarian
Librarian

The Librarians of American just about destroyed Wild Salsa on Saturday Night - not a difficult sentence to understand, and yes, I am a "real" librarian.

Guest
Guest

Maybe you're a real librarian but I don't think you go to many parties! Obviously that's hyperbole meant to indicate that the librarians had a fabulous time. Wish I could've been there.

- A fun librarian

KS Librarian
KS Librarian

As a librarian (who sadly didn't get to come to midwinter), I don't see any negativity in this article. It's good press for us! We love good food, we love social engagements, and a good portion of us love to go out drinking! And dang it, we like to leave a mark in the process.

KS Librarian
KS Librarian

As a librarian (who sadly didn't get to come to midwinter), I don't see any negativity in this article. It's good press for us! We love good food, we love social engagements, and a good portion of us love to go out drinking! And dang it, we like to leave a mark in the process.

RoccoA
RoccoA

Well Dallas 10,000 attendees in a city can take it over #ALAMW12

Jon
Jon

That's the f*cking ungrateful "south" for you. I'm sure WS made a lot of money that night on account of those "bookish types."

Kristin Martell
Kristin Martell

Nah I don't think so. Our waiter bounced after they got half pur orders wrong. Some were comped and our waiter bounced after messing up the orders and so our drinks never ended up on the receipt :) pretty fun time indeed

arkielib
arkielib

I missed Wild Salsa -- maybe it's a good thing I didn't read ALA's official "restaurants to check out" list. But I hafta say, I enjoyed the heck out of Dallas. Thanks for showing us librarians a good time. 

Nerdy
Nerdy

Librarians love good food, good books, good conversation, and good drinks!

mcroft
mcroft

That should be an entry in the six word short story contest.  "The librarians drank all your tequila?"

Rangers100
Rangers100

Main Street's bars and restaurants were packed last night.  Ravenna went and put out extra tables farther up the block to accommodate the demand.

That was very cool to see.  If that's what the Omni's conventions are regularly going to be bringing to Downtown Dallas, good times.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

That food looks good! Like the Patriots.  

ps-Hey, atleast Dallas has a lovely river, and a fake bridge. 

Guest
Guest

We have a "lovely" river? It's more like a dry swamp. When it is wet, it's easy to fish the Trinity because all the fish glow in the dark.

Rangers100
Rangers100

You don't even live in Dallas.  Quit talking about it.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I guess only people who live in downtown, and the drug addled Cliff may talk about it?  I don't think so turd sniffer!  Go Pats!

ps-Take a bath in that river iff'n you love downtown so much. Pig blood swimmer.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Tom Brady looked hideous...like that bridge.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

That's why my Pat's will WIN the Super bowl, because he will play better; and my Patsies will be even more of a dynasty!

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

I hope you packed some Salinger in your pocket. Librarians love that shit.

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