Best Chain Restaurant Happy Hours (Slideshow)
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There’s something about a chain restaurant that makes sense for happy hour
Best Chain Restaurant Happy Hours
There’s something about a chain restaurant that makes sense for happy hour. Maybe that cheerful chain nestled into a strip mall isn’t your first choice for dinner, but when the late afternoon sun is still lingering overhead and you’re searching for a place to enjoy a cheap margarita with the folks from accounting, a chain restaurant does quite nicely. After all, chains serve a variety of beverages to suit a wide range of tastes and generally offer snacks everyone can agree upon.
#10 Romano’s Macaroni Grill
The Italian chain’s first happy hour goes from 4 to 7 p.m. and is followed by a late-night happy hour from 9 to 11 p.m. They’ve got $3 beer and wine along with $5 cocktails, but they’ve also got something the others don’t: pizza. While they’re ideally made for sharing, any pizza is a personal pizza if you eat it by yourself.
#9 P.F. Chang’s
Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., P.F. Chang’s serves up $3.25 dim sum and $3 sake and beer. Wine will only set you back $5 and cocktails are only $6. The only drawback is that 3 p.m. is a little early for an after-work get-together.
#8 TGI Fridays
TGI Fridays has happy hour all day in the bar area, complete with $4 Long Island iced teas and $6 cosmos. But they also have specials every day. Stop in on Wednesdays for $3 martinis and half-price appetizers, or Tuesdays with Jack for $5 Jack Daniels drinks.
#7 Flemings Prime Steakhouse
Flemings Prime is usually a special occasion spot, but every day from 5 to 7 p.m., you can get two for $6 IPAs and $6 cocktails. Plus snacks like Fleming’s Prime Burger and pan-seared pork belly are only $6 as well.
If Mexican food is your style, Chevy’s offers $4 margaritas Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. They also offer discounts on beer and well drinks and a few $5 appetizers. Sounds like a perfect after-work plan.
#5 Ruby Tuesday
Participating Ruby Tuesdays feature not one, but two happy hours. The first is from 4 to 6 p.m., and the second is from 9 p.m. to closing time. It features a dollar off beer and $5 premium cocktails and select $5 appetizers, so you can grab dinner and a drink for just $10.
#4 Buffalo Wild Wings
From 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, you can get $3 Jack Daniels and Absolut mixed drinks and $3 beers. They’ve also got a second happy hour from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. While the snacks are more typical bar fare, mini corn dogs or chips and salsa, they’ll only set you back another $3.
#3 Longhorn Steakhouse
Longhorn is brand new to the happy hour game, but they certainly know what they’re doing. Weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m., they offer $3 beer, $4 wine, and $5 primetime cocktails, which include martinis with blue-cheese-stuffed olives and mojitos. While other places have a bar snack menu that seems like an afterthought, Longhorn serves foods that serve as full meals, like $5 burgers and shrimp tacos.
Houlihan’s has the happiest happy hours around. First off, there are two of them. The first, from 3 to 7 p.m. is one of the longest on this list even without the addition of the second from 9 p.m. Then on Sunday, happy hour is all day. You’ll also get a pretty big bang for your buck, since select appetizers are just $3.95 and drinks start at $3.
#1 Ruth’s Chris
Ruth’s Chris is a pretty pricey steakhouse, which makes its $8 happy hour even more of a steal. Monday through Friday, choose from cocktails like pomegranate martinis and Ruth’s Manhattan along with a selection of beer and wine, then fill up on crab BLTs and spicy lobster, which are also $8 each.
22 Restaurants With Awesome Happy Hour Deals
Most people would agree that 5:00 PM is by far the best time of the day. The work day is over (in a perfect world), it's almost dinner time, and, it's the work-day appropriate time to start drinking&mdashhence the essential power of happy hour. Though some places wait until the official 5:00 PM start time, others start earlier, and all offer discounted food and drinks, giving you even more reason to #treatyoself. Here's a roundup of the best happy hours across America. Drink up, it's 5 'o clock somewhere.
Benihana: Monday through Thursday, 5-8 PM
Deals: Varies by location, but many feature half-off beer, sushi, and appetizers
Chili's: Monday through Friday, Sunday, 3-6 PM
Deals: $2.99 & $4.99 appetizers, discounted drinks
Olive Garden: Monday through Friday, 2-6 PM
Deals: 1/2 price Special Drinks menu, $4 Small Plates
Morton's: Monday through Saturday, 4:30pm-6:30pm
Deals: $4 beers, $7 wine, $6 Bar Bites
Applebee's: Monday through Sunday, 3-6 PM
Deals: 1/2 off select drinks and appetizers
The Cheesecake Factory: Monday through Friday, 4-6 PM
Deals: $3 beers, $5 cocktails, $5 appetizers
Ruth's Chris: Monday through Friday, 3-6:30 PM
Deals: $5 beers, $7 select cocktails and wines, $5 fries, $8 appetizers
Deals: beer starts at $2.75, $5 wine, $6 cocktails, discount appetizers
Buffalo Wild Wings: Monday through Friday, 3-7 PM
Deals: $1 off domestic beer, $3 well drinks, $3.50 cocktails, $3 Starters Menu
T.G.I Fridays: Monday through Sunday, all day
Deals: $5 appetizers, $3 to $5 drinks
Outback Steakhouse: Monday through Sunday, all day
Deals: wines and cocktails start at $4, beers start at $2, food starts at $4
Deals: $6 cocktails, wines by the glass, and appetizers
McCormick & Schmick: Monday through Sunday, 3:30-7 PM
Deals: beer starts at $4, $4 well drinks, $6 select wine and cocktails, $7 martinis, food starts at $2.95
Macaroni Grill: Monday through Sunday, 5-7 PM
Deals: $3 tapas menu, $5 pizzas, $3 house wine and draft beers
Famous Dave's: Monday through Friday, 3-6 PM
Deals: $2.50 beers, $3 well drinks, $3.50 wine, food starts at $2.00
Red Lobster: Monday through Friday, 3-6 PM
Deals: $3 beers, $5 wine and appetizers
Ruby Tuesday: Monday through Sunday, 4-6 PM
Deals: $2 off appetizers, $1 off beers, wine $5 cocktails
The Palm: Monday through Friday, Sunday, 5-7 PM
Deals: 1/2 off beers, wines, some premium spirits, and Prime Bites
Chevy's: Monday through Sunday, 2-8 PM
Deals: $5.99 domestic drafts, margaritas, Pina Coladas, and house wines
Hooter's: Monday through Friday, 3-6 PM
Deals: $4 beers, $3 well drinks, 1/2 off appetizers
BJ's Brewhouse: Monday through Friday, 3-7 PM
Deals: $4 beer, $5 cocktails, $6 wine, appetizers starting at $4
Island's: Monday through Friday, 4-7 PM
Deals: $2.99 beer, $3.35 well drinks, $4.25 select wines, cocktails starting at $4.35, food starting at $1.25
Best all-around happy hours
We chose these happy hour spots because they have cheap-to-moderate prices, good food, and entertainment (TV, games, and/or music). Several have outdoor seating when the weather beckons. So, no matter what time of year, these reliable bars and lounges are a great place to grab a drink and snacks in the late afternoon to early evening while spending a Benny ($20) or less.
Happy hour north of downtown
- Wallingford: The Octopus Bar, (temporarily closed for moving, expected opening TBD January 2021). Funky atmosphere with interesting menu of flatbreads, salads, and more to go along with great drinks. There is an outdoor space when the weather is agreeable.
- Wallingford: Kate’s Pub, 309 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105. Relaxed atmosphere most appreciated for the half-price food during happy hour.
- Lower Queen Anne: Blue Water Taco Grill, 515 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Burritos, tacos, and other Mexican style food along with margaritas. A restaurant rather than a bar, but great food and drinks.
Happy hour in downtown Seattle
- Pike Market: Radiator Whiskey, 94 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101. Great cocktail bar with an interesting food menu on the 3 rd floor of the Corner Market Building at Pike Place Market.
- Pike Market: Alibi Room, 85 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101. Hidden gem in Post Alley (near the gum wall). Surprisingly un-touristy, considering the location in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Pizza, salad, and appetizer menu with a nice selection during a long afternoon happy hour.
- Pike Market: Lecosho, The Harbor Steps, 89 University St, Seattle, WA 98101. Upscale but reasonably priced drinks and interesting small plates menu for happy hour or late night.
- Convention Center: Daawat Indian Grill & Bar, 820 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101 (convenient to Washington State Convention Center). Known more for the lunch buffet, the happy hour drink specials are reasonably priced, which you can pair with something from their fairly extensive food menu offerings.
- Chinatown: Dynasty Room, 714 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104. This bar is in a building slated for demolition sometime in 2019-2010. At one time an iconic gathering spot for Seattle’s Asian community, now re-envisioned as a craft cocktail bar you can enjoy before it disappears for the last time. Celebrate the history, enjoy modern cocktail inventions, and snack on Chinese and Korean inspired street foods.
- Belltown: Rabbit Hole, 2222 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121. Great bar food menu and house cocktails, plus the usual bar selections.
- Belltown: Crocodile Back Bar, 2200 2nd Avenue (enter from Blanchard), Seattle, WA 98121. All ages, hot pizza, cold drinks, happy hour bingo, DJ and karaoke nights. One of Seattle’s most historic music venues, hosting many famous musicians in the showroom including Beastie Boys, Macklemore, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, R.E.M., Mudhoney, Yoko Ono, and many, many more.
- Convention Center: Carlisle Room, 820 Pine St, Seattle, WA. 98122. Popular spot with hipster vibe across from Paramount Theatre. Late night only happy hour features classic cocktails and half price on all appetizers.
Happy hour in south or west Seattle
- White Center: Anju, 9641 15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106. Very new spot but receiving rave reviews on Korean food and libations.
- West Seattle/Alki: Marination Ma Kai, 1660 Harbor Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126. It can get very crowded, but the waterfront view overlooking the Seattle skyline is killer. Hawaiian inspired menu.
- Georgetown: Smarty Pants, 6017 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108. Hipster dive, known for great sandwiches and potato salad, dual happy hours, and outdoor patio.
- South Park: Uncle Eddie’s, 8601 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108. Family-friendly pub appreciated for it’s outdoor patio, happy hour specials, and great food, including house made soups (daily), sandwiches, salads, and weekend brunch.
- Columbia City: Lottie’s Lounge, 4900 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118. Interesting food menu, weekend brunch, craft cocktails, long happy hour, chill atmosphere, outdoor seating, and people watching make this hangout a neighborhood favorite.
- Beacon Hill: Baja Bistro: 2414 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144. Quesdillas, tacos, and other authentic food choices and drink specials.
- Beacon Hill: Perihelion Brewery, 2800 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144. Newer place already gaining a following with rotating selection of craft brews and interesting food selection.
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The Rise of Colorado-based Fast Casual Restaurants
Although patrons order from a menu board, fast casual establishments provide a more refined ambiance than the typical hash house. After placing their orders, diners sit down to enjoy their repast much as they would at a “casual” restaurant like a diner. While disposable dishes and plasticware are the norms, fast casual eateries add value by offering premiums such as organic ingredients and perceived “healthier” menu options.
Food industry research firm Technomic sets the following metrics for “fast casual” restaurants:
- Self-service or limited service
- Meal prices average between $8 – $15
- “Made-to-order” menu options with greater flavor variety compared to fast food
- Unique, upscale and (or) highly refined decor
- Usually does not offer “driv-thru” window service
The 1980s in Colorado saw the onset of what’s now called fast casual restaurants offering subs, pizza and burgers. In the 1990s, fast casual establishments began dishing out burritos, sushi and pasta. With the new millennium came fast casual breakfast and salads eateries.
Below are 15 fast casual restaurants with Colorado origins. Some have hundreds—even thousands—of locations nationwide and internationally while the smallest has less than a dozen.
1. Quiznos – Started 1981 in Denver, CO
Quiznos first opened in 1981 at 1275 Grant Street in Denver’s Capitol Hill area the location is still in operation. The sub chain once boasted 5,000 locations spanning Asia to Europe to South America and North America. In its heyday, Quiznos was second only to Subway in North America as a sub shop chain. In 2016, sales ranked Quiznos as the ninth-largest sub chain and by May 2018 only 1,500 U.S. locations remained.
Quiznos is no longer Colorado-owned. While the company is still headquartered in Denver, San Diego-based High Bluff Capital Partners, a private equity firm, bought Quiznos in June 2018. The company reported a revenue of US $170 million in 2017. Money.com ranked Quiznos in 2018 as the 14th-best fast casual chain in the U.S.
The shop chain that popularized “Mmmm…Toasty” (and prodded Subway into toasting subs) is no moribund brand. Emerging from a slew of franchisee class-action lawsuits following the Great Recession, the chain plans to roll out over 1,000 locations in 40+ countries (mostly in Asia) by 2020.
2. Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta – Started 1984 in CO
Starting business in 1984, this chain counts 23 locations along the Front Range from Windsor south to Colorado Springs. Anthony’s uses pure olive oil imported from Italy, pizza dough made daily and 100% whole milk mozzarella cheese shredded by hand.
Anthony’s makes two kinds of New York-style pizzas: a thin-crust Neapolitan pizza with either white or red sauce and a Sicilian thick crust pizza with red sauce. Both styles are available by the slice. Gluten-free pies can be had as well.
The chain also offers a variety of salads available with the diner’s protein of choice, premium pasta made with 100% semolina flour, Italian subs and hoagies—even three styles of chicken wings. Those with a sweet tooth can order New York-style cheesecake, tiramisu or cannoli for dessert. Note that menus vary by location.
3. Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custards – Started 1987 in Boulder, CO
Based in Lakewood, Good Times opened its first location in Boulder in 1987. It started publicly trading on NASDAQ in 1992. Most franchisees are located in Colorado Wyoming has two. Many (if not all) locations have WiFi available for customers.
Calling itself a “quick service” restaurant, Good Times is a fast food style restaurant with drive thru at all its locations. Good Times serves all-Angus beef, all-natural chicken, breakfast burritos made with Hatch Valley green chile, beer-battered onion rings and signature “Wild Fries.” Deserts include frozen custard, “hand-spun” shakes, sundaes and their famous “Spoonbenders.”
For canine “furkids,” Good Times offers the “Pawbender”—vanilla custard served in a “lick-friendly” cup with peanut butter and three doggie biscuits. Just ask, it’s complimentary!
4. Santiago’s Mexican Restaurants – Started 1991 in Brighton, CO
Local Carmen Morales opened the first Santiago’s in her home town of Brighton in 1991. She’s since grown her empire to include 28 franchised and company-owned restaurants across the Front Range. (The Eastern Plains towns of Fort Morgan and Sterling have locations as well.)
Santiago’s specialty is their famous breakfast burrito made with the family’s secret green chile recipe. Restaurants use locally-sourced eggs from Platteville and Hatch green chiles from New Mexico. Most locations serve full lunch and dinners as well as breakfast items. Other menu choices include tamales, chile rellenos, Indian tacos, Mexican hamburgers, fajitas, carne asada and enchiladas.
Santiago’s is a Denver-area favorite its smothered breakfast burrito and green chile have received numerous awards from local publications. Morales claims their restaurants use almost a half-million gallons of green chile per year. They also serve New Mexico-style red chile.
5. Chipotle Mexican Grill – Started 1993 in Denver, CO (HQ in Newport Beach, CA)
Named after the dried and smoked jalapeño pepper, Chipotle opened its first location at 1644 East Evans Avenue near the DU campus (still in operation). Now a publicly-traded company (CMG) on the NYSE (and part of the S&P 500), as of 2018 the chain counted more than 2,000 locations in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France and Germany.
After calling Denver home for 25 years, in June 2018 Chipotle relocated to Newport Beach, CA. Also, in early 2018 Chipotle announced that Taco Bell exec Brian Niccol would replace founder Steve Ells as CEO. While Wall Street greeted the news by launching Chipotle’s stock up 12%, CNBC’s Jim Cramer criticized the move as “against everything the (company) stands for.” Ells remains as board chair.
Despite two E. coli outbreaks in 2015 sickening diners in 14 states, Chipotle was ranked 11th in 2018 among the best fast casual U.S. chains by money.com due to their use of high-quality ingredients, which include open-range pork and organic produce.
Menu offerings at Chipotle are limited to five categories: Mission-style burritos, tacos, bowls, quesadillas and salads. Vegetarian options are available. After expanding the menu in 2007, Ells remarked, “(If you) keep the menu focused, you can ensure (doing) them better than anybody else.” Most locations offer margaritas and beer.
6. Qdoba Mexican Eats – Started 1995 in Denver, CO (HQ in San Diego, CO)
One of Chipotle’s fiercest competitors is Qdoba, which first opened in 1995 at the corner of Grant Street and Sixth Avenue in Denver. Originally known as Zuma Fresh Mexican Grill, the original location is still open for business.
Like Chipotle, Qdoba departed for California, leaving Lakewood for San Diego in 2017 after parent Jack in the Box (which acquired Qdoba in 2003) integrated the company into their corporate headquarters. In March 2018, when Qdoba was sold to Apollo Global Management, the chain had over 700 outlets in 47 states, D.C. and Canada.
Too, like Chipotle, Qdoba is known primarily for its Mission-style burrito but also serves quesadillas, nachos, tacos and Mexican “gumbo.” Food is prepared in open kitchens in plain sight of patrons. Qdoba also serves breakfast some locations remain open 24 hours during weekends.
While considered, Qdoba didn’t crack the top 15 in money.com’s best fast casual chains in the U.S. for 2018.
7. Noodles & Company – Started 1995 in Denver, CO (HQ in Broomfield, CO)
Based in Broomfield, Noodles & Company started its first restaurant in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood in October 1995. Now a publicly-traded company listed on the NASDAQ (NDSL), the company has 459 locations in 29 states and D.C.
After a rocky start and numerous negative reviews, founder (and former Pepsi marketing exec) Aaron Kennedy overhauled the company’s operations. Changes included a modified menu, revamped decor (such as recycled bamboo furniture and softer lighting) and new pricing. Management also installed sauté lines to prepare dishes as they were ordered.
As the name indicates, restaurants feature both American and international noodle dishes. Other offerings include pasta, soups and salads. Most entrees are vegetarian-based with a choice of protein toppings. Gluten-free options are also available.
While some outlets are owned by franchisees, Noodles & Company has a reputation for carefully selecting franchise partners and thus has more corporate-owned outlets than most franchising restaurants. It tied for 9th place on money.com’s list of best fast casual chains in the U.S. for 2018.
8. Illegal Pete’s – Started 1995 in Boulder, CO
With just 11 locations across Colorado and Arizona, Illegal Pete’s ranks among the smallest chains on our list. It’s another Mission-style burrito eatery and it too began business in 1995. Founder Pete Turner opened the first location in Boulder’s The Hill (still in operation), just west of the University of Colorado campus.
With a relaxed yet nonconformist vibe, Illegal Pete’s is a favorite haunt of athletes, musicians and college students. Rock musician Jack Johnson claims that while eating a burrito at Illegal Pete’s in The Hill, Universal Records first contacted him about a record deal. The restaurant also gives “Starving Artists” free food vouchers in advance to touring bands when they hit a town with an Illegal Pete’s outlet.
Like its competitors, Illegal Pete’s has a simple menu of burritos, tacos, nachos and salad. Add-ons include grilled chicken or steak, pork carnitas, shredded beef and beer-battered fish. Customers can choose sides such as pinto beans, primavera or fajita veggies, tortillas and cheese or sour cream. (Guacamole can be substituted for dairy.) “Extras” are potatoes, green chile, queso and poblano pesto.
All ingredients used in Illegal Pete’s dishes are locally sourced meats are antibiotic- and hormone-free. While bar options vary by location, happy hour is from 3 – 8 pm with an extensive selection of local craft beers.
9. Tokyo Joe’s – Started 1993 in Englewood, CO
Now with 46 locations in Colorado, Arizona and Texas, Tokyo Joe’s began operations in 1996 at 8727 East Dry Creek Road in Centennial. Asian-cuisine inspired, Tokyo Joe’s prepares made-to-order dishes using proprietary recipes. Their model combines both full service and fast casual concepts.
Started by ex-pro skier Larry Leith, Tokyo Joe’s offers white and brown rice and udon noodle bowls, salads and made-to-order sushi rolls. Ingredients are sourced from mostly organic vegetables and “natural” meats. The menu is MSG-free with gluten-free options available. All dishes are either steamed or grilled.
To spur growth beyond Colorado, in 2013 Leith sold a majority stake of his company to private-equity firm Gridiron Capital. Greg McDonald, former Quiznos CEO, assumed chief executive duties of the chain. Leith became chief innovation officer, saying: “(McDonald is responsible for) making Tokyo Joe’s bigger. I’m (responsible for) making it better.” McDonald has since been replaced as CEO by Mark Davis.
10. Snarf’s Sandwiches – Started 1996 in Boulder, CO
Founded in Boulder by Jimmy “Snarf” Seidel in 1996, the original location at Pearl and 21st fondly known by locals as “The Shack” closed in 2007, a victim of soaring real estate prices. Seidel moved his flagship catty-corner across Pearl Street but developers struck again, forcing him to close on March 27, 2019 to make room for new townhomes.
Residents need not fret Seidel plans to soon reopen his flagship at 2660 Pearl, and Boulder is still home to three other Snarf’s locations. Seidel’s empire (which now includes three Snarfburger outlets) counts 22 Snarf’s Sandwich locations as far afield as St. Louis and Austin.
Seidel’s oven-toasted sandwiches feature his combination of giardiniera peppers, premium cheeses, hand-sliced meats and fresh, crusty bread. Menu choices include French Dip, the Italian, NY Steak and Prime Rib as well as salads with homemade dressings and soups. Vegetarian and gluten-free fare is available, as is catering.
Seidel strives to create a unique vibe for each location with custom décor and commissioned mosaics and artwork from Nederland native Jen Haley.
11. MAD Greens – Started 2004 in Centennial, CO
Now with 33 locations scattered across the Front Range to the metro areas of Phoenix and Austin, MAD Greens first began tossing their salads in 2004 at the northeast corner of East County Line Road and South Yosemite Street in Centennial.
Co-founders Dan Long and Marley Hodgson sold their company in 2013 to the Coors family company AC Restaurant Group, which expanded MAD Greens to Arizona and Texas. Just within the last month (October 2019), MAD Greens merged with Dallas-based Snappy Salads to form Salad Collective, led by the MAD Greens management team of Darden Coors and John Montgomery. The two companies will continue operating under their respective brands.
MAD Greens is noted for its signature salads named after “MAD” people like Ty Cobb, Bonnie Parker and Pancho Villa. Their menu also includes grain bowls, wraps, soups and juices. The restaurant strives to deliver healthy meals lickety-split in a clean but austere dining environment.
12. Larkburger (maybe Lark Spot) – Started 2006 in Edwards, CO
Debuting in 2006, the first Larkburger opened at the Edwards Village Center mall off I-70 in Vail Valley. The chain, which rebranded itself in early 2019 as Lark Spot to highlight its menu focus away from burgers, has contracted from 14 outlets at the end of 2018 to now just 2 locations in Boulder and Greenwood Village. The original Larkburger is “temporarily” closed both Denver locations have closed as well as stores in Kansas and Missouri.
In February 2019, Lark Spot CEO Todd Coerver said that the rebranding of one-location-at-a-time would be “mostly finished” by the end of the year. He added that the rebranding is due to constriction in the fast casual sector of the restaurant business. Yet the first location to be rebranded, in Arvada, has closed and the remaining two outlets still carry the Larkburger name. Too, “larkspot.com” currently redirects to “larkburger.com.”
Eschewing the plastic, pre-fab look of most burger joints, Larkburger uses wooden trays, wraps sandwiches in brown paper and uses cardboard boxes for sides to highlight their eco-friendly posture. The decor of the flagship store in Vail Valley included white top tables, plenty of wood and steel chairs, imparting a hybrid concept of a contemporary drive-in with a classic carhop.
The two remaining restaurants currently offer seven different burgers, four made with house sauce. They include exotic choices such as a truffle burger (finished with truffle aioli), a tuna burger (made with a cilantro and wasabi-ginger dressing) and a veggie portabello burger from a mushroom cap. Other items available are wraps, salads and “shareables.” Their menu is predominantly gluten-free with many vegetarian choices.
13. Snooze – Started 2006 in Denver, CO
In 2006, founders Adam and Jon Schlegel began the first Snooze at 22nd and Larimer in Denver and quickly grew to eight Denver metro locations plus restaurants in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Boulder. This one’s a sit-down, order with your server-style, brunch restaurant, and not a “fast-casual” diner, but we included it anyway because it’s local, tasty and growing.
Calling itself an “A.M. Eatery,” Snooze markets an eco-friendly image by using sustainable (and trendy) ingredients such as pure maple syrup from Vermont, handcrafted Snooze Bloody Mary mix bottled in Denver, Guatemalan coffee and “responsibly raised” pork products from an Iowa farm.
In 2016, the Stripes Group gained a majority interest in the restaurant chain, propelling the restaurant’s expansion into distant locales like Texas, California, Arizona and North Carolina. Snooze’s plan to open Georgia and Missouri locations in 2020. As of now, Snooze’s has 39 outlets. They serve breakfast, lunch and brunch items most locations close by 2:30 pm.
At Snoozes, diners can partake in potent adult libations with their meals. The extensive drink menu includes a variety of mimosas, “morning” margaritas, coffee cocktails and local and seasonal craft beers. Their signature entrees include a pineapple upside-down pancake and Benedict egg dishes, one with smashed avocado.
14. Smashburger – Started 2007 in Glendale, CO
In 2007 with $15 million in capitalization, veteran fast food execs Tom Ryan (Pizza Hut, McDonald’s) and Rich Schaden (Quiznos) founded Cervantes Capital, the corporate overlord of Smashburger. With backing from private equity firm Consumer Capital Partners, they opened the first Smashburger, located in a Glendale strip mall at 1120 South Colorado Boulevard.
Smashburger is more akin to a QSR than most brands listed here but Ryan explains that Smashburger was meant for the 20-30% of QSR patrons who want something better than the industry norm. Using Angus beef, Smashburger truly “smashes” their burgers and cooks them on a flattop grill at a higher temperature than competitors. Another difference— Smashburger serves beer to their customers.
Smashburger was a success from the start as outlets soon appeared nationwide and internationally. As of November 2019, 313 Smashburger locations are found in 36 states 23 more are sited in Canada, the U.K., Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia, Panama and El Salvador. Money.com ranked Smashburger as the 12-best fast casual chain in the U.S. for 2018.
15. Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh – Started 2008 in Denver, CO
Featuring an open kitchen and a sleek dining decor, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh was founded in 2008 and first debuted in 2009. Since its inception, the Denver-based chain has grown to 26 locations with franchises in 10 states, some on college campuses. Larry Sidoti, Garbanzo chief development officer, foresees much greater growth soon. Within five years, corporate management looks to have 300 locations.
One food critic compares the restaurant’s concept to that of Panera Bread. Garbanzo features WiFi and classical music, creating a calm and relaxing dining atmosphere. The restaurant’s menu focuses on healthy dining, accommodating low-carb, gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian and paleo diets.
Garbanzo makes their pitas fresh with on-site baking ovens. Mediterranean staples include hummus, tabbouleh. falafel, grilled steak and chicken, rice and baba ganoush as well as Greek gyros. Many dishes have Lebanese spice blends to impart an authentic Middle East flavor and the chain uses the Israeli founder’s family recipes.
When new management assumed control of the chain in 2016, CEO James Park reined back expansion while they revamped menu items and recipes. They also introduced a new décor with a Middle East-inspired look. The changes worked in 2017, industry magazine First Casual cited Garbanzo as fourth-best “Mover and Shaker” and QSR Magazine included it on their Under 40” as a chain with under 40 locations poised to hit the big leagues of franchised restaurants.
As you can tell more than a dozen top fast casual restaurants got their start in Colorado. While some have since moved their headquarters out of state, such as Qdoba and Chipotle to California, all of them were found and grown with passion in Colorado.
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Culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi created Hawaiian fusion cuisine at his original Roy's Restaurant in Hawaii Kai in 1988. Blending classic French techniques with the bold, adventurous flavors of the Pacific Rim, he created an entirely new approach to fine dining. Today, our menu honors our heritage with many of Roy’s original dishes served along side new, seasonal and locally influenced items. Below is a sampling of some of Roy’s signature dishes. To view the current menu from your favorite Roy’s location, please click the link below.
Maui Wowie Salad
Shrimp – Feta – Butter Leaf Lettuce – Avocado – Caper Lime Vinaigrette
Big Eye Tuna Poke
Avocado – Inamona Jus – Wonton Chips
Szechuan Spiced Pork Ribs
Smoked and Glazed in Roy’s Original Mongolian Sauce
Spicy Togarashi Miso Butter Sauce
Maine Lobster – Thai Aromatics – Hint of Red Curry – Coconut Milk
Crispy Wok Fried Shrimp Tempura
Shishito Peppers – Shimeji Mushrooms – Malaysian Curry Aïoli
Auntie Lei’s Aloha Roll
Spicy Tuna – Cucumber – Yellowtail – Salmon – Avocado – Garlic Ponzu
Wagyu Beef – Snow Crab – Avocado – Tempura Asparagus – Sesame Miso
Sunrise at Haleakala Roll
Tuna – Yellowtail – Salmon – Avocado – Asparagus
Lobster California Roll
Avocado – Cucumber – Tobiko
Shrimp Tempura – Coconut – Avocado – Cream Cheese – Habanero Aïoli
Nitsume – Mango
Alaskan Black Cod – Baby Bok Choy – Furikake Rice
Roasted Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi
Blackened Island Ahi
Spicy Soy Mustard Butter Sauce
Grilled Filet Mignon, 8oz
Gruyere Scalloped Potatoes – Szechuan Vegetables
Truffle Onion Misoyaki Demi-Glace
Grilled Maine Lobster Tail – Seared Sea Scallop – Teppanyaki Shrimp
Golden Yukon Mashed Potatoes – Blue Crab Basil Cream
Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Caramelized Pineapple Baked with Brown Sugar Cake à la mode
Roy's Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé
Flourless Chocolate Cake with a Molten Hot Senter – Raspberry Coulis
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
The Best Happy Hours in Sarasota
Close to downtown Sarasota’s theatrical venues, Louies Modern draws an arty crowd looking to get in a mini-meal and share some spirits during the narrow window between work and the curtain rising. The energy crackles and the mix expands on Thursdays, when a boisterous crowd shows up for half-price bourbon and $2 flutes of champagne and it turns downright manic on the weekends, when beautiful young people crowd the metal bartop and guard their low-backed seats. The duck tacos, touched up with figs and crème fraiche, are a hit, and the salty, spicy chicharrones, which crinkle when you drizzle lime juice over them, keep diners ordering round after round.
The bar at Veronica Fish & Oyster
Veronica Fish & Oyster
Veronica Fish & Oyster bills itself as a throwback to the supper clubs of days gone by—and that’s the vibe you get when you walk through the restaurant’s doors, from the murals on the wall and marble-topped bar to shelves lined with books and tasteful knickknacks. Add upholstered chairs and banquettes and you feel like you’re in a vintage living room—a sublime setting for sipping cocktails. Veronica’s happy hour makes that exercise even more sublime, with $5 beer and wine specials, $6 cocktails and $7 small plates, including grilled oysters (yes, please—Veronica has a fantastic oyster bar), shrimp and scallop ceviche and smoked fish toast. Bourbon lovers must not miss the Empress of India, made with Old Forester bourbon, blackberry, vanilla and star anise.
For When You’re Craving ’Cue
Brick’s Smoked Meats
Brick’s is the new kid on the block—the block being red-hot State Street—and its happy hour is an excellent addition to the local scene. From 2 to 7 p.m., you can get beer, wine and cocktails for $3-$8, and small plates from $3 to $5. Our picks: the excellent house margarita ($5) and the chicken “chick”-arones, a play on traditional pork chicharrones that taste like the best chicken nuggets you’ve ever had. (The avocado and shrimp ceviche and the pulled pork nachos are also winners.) On most evenings, Brick’s throws open its floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and the thrum of downtown Sarasota nightlife, combined with Brick’s industrial-chic décor and twinkling café lights, makes you feel lucky to be exactly where you are at that moment—especially with that margarita and those chicken bites.
For the Downtown Biz Crowd
Cask & Ale
Youngish attorneys, brokers and bankers flock to downtown’s Cask & Ale, the men in loosened ties and rolled-up shirtsleeves and women subbing slip-ons for workday heels. They come for impressive deals on the beer and wine, plus happy hour-specific concoctions like the lemongrass-cucumber Collins, a sugary, herbal delight. Even non-drinkers stop in for the food— a mix of snacks and starters from 4 to 5 p.m. and the full menu after 5. A plate of poutine delivers a black pepper kiss, while the steamed bun enfolds a long, thick hunk of sweet ‘n’ smoky pork belly. On a recent evening, a pregnant woman sipped a mocktail while holding forth on the ocean’s worth of raw makimono she plans to order after she gives birth.
Music fans snap up Blue Rooster's happy hour deals before the show.
A small James Brown figurine—an appropriate guardian angel—perches above the bar at the Blue Rooster. The Godfather of Soul surveys a spacious, high-ceilinged room, where the tables near the stage are often moved aside to allow revelers to swing and twerk to blues and R&B. Blue Rooster’s happy hour precedes the live music, which usually begins around 7:30 p.m., but in-the-know music fans like to pop in around 6:30 to take advantage of the restaurant’s deals before the band starts cooking. The restaurant’s owners also own Bradenton’s Darwin Brewing Co., so expect a choice pick of $4 Darwin drafts, with two taps set aside for seasonal beers-of-the-month. A Darwin Summadayze IPA tastes mighty fine next to a $3 plate of lightly fried black-eyed peas—crispy, crunchy and with a vinegary kick.
For the Ultimate End-of-Day Wind Down
The Table Creekside
The Table Creekside has garnered a fanatical local following thanks to its house-infused liquors, creative menu and dreamy location right on Phillippi Creek. Happy hour offers all that as well, but at a fraction of the price. Get there early—the bar fills up fast—so you can grab a table overlooking the water, and order any of the $5 cocktail and tapas options, which are a total steal for the quality. Try the salty sea bass fritters with Key lime aioli, or the short rib Rangoon, a fun twist on the classic crab Rangoon that’s served with a kicky wasabi aioli. Wash them down with a Ginger Pear Blossom, mixed with house-infused ginger-pear vodka, pear nectar, velvet falernum (a sweet syrup made with an infusion of spices) and fresh lime. Meanwhile, watch kayakers and the occasional manatee glide by outside. Talk about the perfect way to end a work day.
Pianist Joe Micals at Michael's on East
Michael’s On East
Three decades in, Michael’s remains the go-to spot for power players, whether they’re pow-wowing about how to make a difference over dinner or at lunch. We’ve seen some major brainpower coming together at happy hour, too—including a women’s group recently planning an ambitious fall calendar over $6 drink specials. Those specials include craft cocktails, beer and Michael’s Wine Cellar’s private-label wines. And because it’s Michael’s, the food is on point. Make a mini-meal out of the black pepper beef carpaccio rolls with shaved Parmesan, black pepper oil and chives, and sip on the herbaceous Michael’s Garden, named after proprietor Michael Klauber and made with vodka, honey, basil, rosemary and lemon. A drink and a snack while you change the world, and you’re home before 7:30 p.m.? That’s networking we like.
Beach House Restaurant
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday out of season, 2-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in season
Our pittance of beachfront drinking institutions remains a regional disgrace, but Beach House’s early-afternoon happy hour makes up for the lack of options elsewhere. Available only at its indoor and outdoor bars, the daytime discount menu includes two-for-one specials on sand-between-your-toes drinks (margaritas, piña coladas, Daiquiris), while the food menu provides portions big enough to soak up all that rum and tequila. On the beachside deck, young women wearing bikinis beneath their cover-ups clink glasses of white wine and scarf down plump peel-and-eat shrimp and softshell crab sliders slathered with Sriracha mayonnaise. At the bar, couples who snuck away from work smooch with lips salty from the rims of margarita glasses. After a summer of hurricanes, you may wonder, why do we keep living in such a precarious place? Happy hour on the beach answers the question.
Best chain restaurant happy hours
Happy hour can be a great way to unwind and spend some time with friends. And it can be affordable if you know when and where to find the best deals. Most bars and taverns now have that information online, but sometimes restaurants don’t advertise their happy hour times or specials, so make sure you call ahead if you are not sure.
We have listed chain restaurants that hold happy hours at participating locations, and we will add to the list as we find more. But don’t forget your locally owned spots. Go to our network site in your area to find out about local deals.
Applebee’s : Applebee’s doesn’t seem to advertise an overall Happy Hour, but we found several locations that do indeed have Happy Hour specials in the bar area from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Mondays through Fridays, and a late-late happy hour until 9:00 pm, with half-price deals on appetizers. They did start the whole $1 Dollarita craze back in 2017, and it is still going string. February 2020’s drink is Vodka Strawberry lemonade. Call ahead to make sure your local Applebee’s participates in the Happy Hour.
Benihana: Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at participating restaurants. Check your local restaurant for menu items, as they may vary. Most carry sushi, beer discounts and other appetizers, and your Happy Hour deals only apply at the bar.
BJ’s Restaurants: Monday though Friday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Available in the bar only, drink specials may vary according to location.
Buffalo Wild Wings: From 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and from 10:00 to closing at many locations, and the website announces $2 to $5 deals. Call your local Bdub to find out about their specials and happy hour times.
Cheesecake Factory: We found a variety of Happy Hour times at restaurants across the country, so make sure you call your local restaurant to find out their hours and deals. Many have Happy Hour between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and others start at 4:00 pm. Catch the happy hour drink specials and half-priced appetizers at the bar.
Chili’s: The hours vary according to location. Some locations offer Happy Hour specials all day, every day, but check your local Chili’s to make sure. Happy Hour is only available in the bar area. Chili’s also has a Margarita of the Month for around $5, available all day every day.
McCormick’s and Schmick’s: Most McCormick and Schmick’s locations one of the country’s best happy hour menus. The specials vary by location, but many offer specials from $3 to $9. Hours are usually Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and weekday specials rotate.
Morton’s: This restaurant is more expensive. However, they have a bar menu that offers some reasonably priced appetizers like cheeseburgers, shrimp cocktail and other items. Some locations participate in Morton’s “Power Hour” from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm(food and drink deals), and from 9:00 pm to close (food only).
Outback Steakhouse: Outback has a No Worries Happy Hour at the bar Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Friday through Sunday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Single mixed drinks include Absolut, Bacardi, and Jack Daniel’s cost $5, and signature cocktails including Ruby Mango Lemonade and Aussie Rum Punch for $5.
PF Chang’s: Many PF Chang’s restaurants offer a Happy Hour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with a special menu. The restaurant web site states that prices, locations, and participation may vary, so call ahead. The Happy Hour menu lists $5 dim sum, and $4 craft beer.
Ruth’s Chris: Another pricey restaurant, but if you sit at the bar during Happy Hour you can enjoy cocktail specials starting at $9 and a Happy Hour menu.
Sonic Drive-in: From 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm daily, get half-price drinks and slushes. If you order through the Sonic app, you will get drinks and slushes for half price all day.
Steak ‘n Shake: Happy Hour doesn’t have to include alcoholic drinks! Get half-price shakes and soft drinks at Steak ‘n Shake from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Taco Bell: Fast food restaurant Taco Bell wants to get in on the happy. From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm every day, the chain’s Happier Hour features $1 medium fountain drink beverages.
Patio season: Where to go for outdoor happy hour in and around Spokane
When the weather’s warm and it stays lighter out later, there’s nothing better than dining and drinking outdoors – except for outside eats and drinks at happy hour prices.
Everyone likes to save a few bucks. And, you’re likely to linger a little longer – and order one more and maybe some snacks to go with it – when appetizers and drinks are on special.
Happy hour is even happier outside in summer. Here’s where to go for happy hour on the patio or rooftop in and around Spokane.
1898 Public House
Happy hour on the golf course overlooking a manicured green and mature pines? Yes, please. Here’s the best part: you don’t even have to play golf or be a member. You used to. Since the Kalispel Tribe bought and reopened the former – and historically private – Spokane Country Club more than two years ago, the gastropub has been open to all. The expansive dining room and umbrella-dotted deck both offer sweeping views of the golf course. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. And the menu offers lots of options. Pro tip: get the award-winning and very popular ahi tuna and avocado appetizer and a platter of calamari to share. Other items include crab cakes, Asian pulled pork sliders, smoked brisket sliders, oysters, clams, chicken wings and a lobster corn dog. Prices run from $2 to $9, or half price. Drinks are $2 off. 2710 W. Waikiki Road. (509) 466-2121. www.kalispelgolf.com/dining.
Clink’s has been a Spokane favorite for more than 40 years. The best two tables on its two-tiered patio are at the tail end of the uncovered section. It’s a long drop down. But from this perch, which juts from the old Flour Mill, the views of the river and Riverfront Park are magnificent. Seating is first-come, first-served and can fill up quickly, especially for happy hour – which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and 9 p.m. to close Saturday and Sunday. Dishes are $5.95 to $21.95. Look for fried Brussels sprouts, cod and chips, Buffalo chicken wings and oven-roasted crab-and-artichoke dip. The bacon brie burger is $8.95. So is the Buffalo chicken sandwich. Larger groups might want to share the sampler – the most expensive item on the happy hour menu – with its signature dip, seared teriyaki tenderloins and New Orleans barbecue prawns. Draft beer is a dollar off. Well drinks are $5.95. So are the chardonnay, house red blend and craft cocktails. House premiums are $2 more. 621 W. Mallon St. (509) 328-5965. clinkerdagger.com.
This popular regional seafood chain restaurant has two Inland Northwest locations with water-view patios. Watch water rush over the rocky Upper Falls of the Spokane River from Anthony’s at Spokane Falls, tucked just past the Post Street bridge in downtown Spokane. The view includes the U.S. Pavilion from Expo ’74 and Upper Falls Power Plant. Happy hour is 3 to 6:30 p.m. The menu is similar at the Coeur d’Alene restaurant, opened two years ago at the Village at Riverstone. That patio overlooks the pond and includes two outdoor fireplaces. Happy hour there is 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Select cocktails – Cosmopolitan, Moscow Mule, Pom Paloma – are $6.50. Well drinks are $5.50, beers are a dollar off, and select wines by the glass are $5.50 or $8. Prices vary, but look for the Hawaiian ahi nachos with poke, taro chips and wasabi aioli as well as a burger, Buffalo chicken sliders, clams, mussels and fries, calamari and Anthony’s signature baked crab, shrimp and artichoke dip, all in the $6.50 to $9.50 range. Spokane: 510 N. Lincoln St. (509) 328-9009. anthonys.com. Coeur d’Alene: 1926 W. Riverstone Drive. (208) 664-4665. anthonys.com.
The Grand Terrace Bar
It almost seems like you can reach over and touch the top of Riverfront Park’s Clocktower from this perch atop the second-floor rooftop of the Davenport Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane. Take a seat on the collection of low-slung couches set around fire features and enjoy the view of downtown and the park. There’s no table – couch? – service it’s a walk-up bar. Happy hour is 4 to 6 p.m. daily with half off all cocktails. (They’re regularly $12.) Signature drinks include the Terrace Sunset with Lunazul, blood orange, cucumber and habanero as well as the Clocktower Lemonade with grapefruit vodka, lemonade vodka, grapefruit juice and mint. There aren’t any food specials, but there are specialty food items. New this season is the Muscovy duck rillete with cherry aigre-doux, mustard, cornichons and grilled baguette. Look, also for chips and salsa, barbecue pork, a charcuterie-and-cheese plate, and a hummus platter for $10 to $16. 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (509) 598-4200. davenporthotelcollection.com.
The first restaurant to locate in Spokane’s Kendall Yards development back in 2012, Central Food offers a cozy, umbrella-ed patio with sweeping views of the Spokane River and downtown skyline. “Golden hour” runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. During that time, draft beers are $4.50, select glasses of red and white wine are $6, and select bottles of wine are $15. Get a cheese plate and one of those select bottles for $20. Other specialties include a $10 pickle platter, $10 cheese plate, $6 hummus, $4 sweet potato jo-jos and baked brie brulee with flamed sea salt and brown sugar and on a baguette. Look, also, for the $7 terrine, which features mushroom mousse, bacon, a poached egg and toast. 1335 W. Summit Parkway. (509) 315-8036. eatcentralfood.com.
Umi Den at Umi Kitchen and Sushi Bar
The latest restaurant to open in Kendall Yards offers a lower-level lounge with an expansive patio that sits alongside the Centennial Trail and spectacular views of downtown and the river. The restaurant opened May 11, and the lounge is slated to open July 15. Plan to come for happy hour, which will run 3 to 6 p.m. daily, except Sunday when it will be happy hour all day. Details are still being finalized. But Umi specializes in high-end seafood and sushi, and plans call for the lounge to carry assorted sakes and Japanese whiskeys as well as batch cocktails and craft cocktails featuring Asian-inspired flavor profiles. Think lemongrass, coconut, Asian peppers, jasmine tea and shiso. Look, also, for the signature Umi Fish House Punch, shochu, a distilled Japanese spirit, and baijiu, a Chinese spirit typically distilled from fermented sorghum. The patio is shaded by the deck at Maryhill Winery’s tasting room, directly above the den. 1309 W. Summit Parkway. (509) 368-9372. umispokane.com.
Lounge on a sectional sofa at the charming terrace, fitted around a fire feature just outside the bar area, or on the nearby enclosed patio, where climbing plants help hide the traffic on the South Hill’s 57th Avenue. Luna is one of the most romantic and refined restaurants in Spokane. Dishes are scratch-made. Ingredients are local and regional some come from as close as the back garden. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and again one hour before closing. Consider the $13 cheese plate with house-made crackers, seasonal jam, Marcona almonds and three cheeses. Also popular: the Caesar, kale and signature Luna salads for $9, ahi tuna tartare for $16, maple beignets for $6 and 10-inch pizza for $12 each. A plate of french fries with aioli and balsamic reduction is $7 a filet slider with frites is $8. Cocktails are $2 off and beer is a dollar off. Signature cocktails include the Herbin’ Martini with house gin, Lillet Blanc, basil, sage and house-crafted sour. 5620 S. Perry St. (509) 448-2383. lunaspokane.com.
A cozy, sun-soaked, bench-lined patio surrounds this restaurant, tucked into a turn-of-the-century Craftsman-style bungalow near Gonzaga University. It’s one of the region’s best for fine dining. It also offers a lovely backdrop for weekend brunch and cocktail hour, which runs daily from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. until close. During those times, cocktails are $7 and include classics such as a Manhattan, Moscow Mule, Hemingway daiquiri and French 75. Draft beer is $5 during cocktail hour, and Clover house wine, red or white, is $6 a glass. Grape vines, strings of lights and colorful umbrellas add to the ambiance. Clover is known not only for its craft cocktails but also house-made breads and dressings, and scratch-made dishes featuring locally sourced ingredients. A menu of lighter fare, ranging in price from $5 to $15, is offered during cocktail hour. Look for soups, salads, pate, popcorn, a burger and Dungeness crab, arugula and artichoke dip. 913 E. Sharp Ave. (509) 487-2937. cloverspokane.com.
Happy hour runs from 2 to 5 p.m. daily at this upscale Audubon neighborhood eatery – except on Wednesday when it’s happy hour all day and there’s a $10 chef’s burger-of-the-moment special. If you like burgers, that’s really the day to go. (Need more proof? Follow Downriver Grill on Instagram, and check out those Wednesday burger posts. Seriously.) The popular gorgonzola fries are $9.50. (Regularly, they’re $13.) Look, also for tacos, steak skewers and a roasted beet salad with arugula, red-wine cherries, gorgonzola and sherry-maple vinaigrette. For $5.50, there’s chips and salsa and a quesadilla. Glasses of wine and draft beer are a dollar off, and select bottles of wine are on special. 3315 W. Northwest Blvd. (509) 323-1600. downrivergrillspokane.com.
Remedy Kitchen and Tavern
Happy hour runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at this neighborhood eatery on Spokane’s South Hill, where the new courtyard patio celebrated its grand opening Friday. The patio, complete with faux green grass, provides outdoor seating for folks who want to play bocce ball, enjoy cocktails and small plates, and can’t get to the roof when it’s full. And it does fill up on nice days. The rooftop dining area is lined with string of lights and dotted with umbrellas. Specials are $4 off all appetizers – try the clams in herbed white wine with butter – as well as $6 mules, $7 specialty cocktails, $5 house wine and a $3 rotating draft. Consider the hibiscus margarita or citrus-and-herb mule, which is served in a decorative can. 3809 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 443-3730. remedycrc.com.
Wandermere Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar
This location of the popular locally based Twigs chain sits along a suburban, landscaped pond with several water features, including a mini man-made waterfall. The expansive, sunny patio is peppered with fire features, heat lamps and red umbrellas. Sitting out here, it’s easy to forget the restaurant sits in a development alongside the busy north-south U.S. Route 395. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Signature martinis – including the Razitini, and Cucumber-Lime-Basil Kazi – are $2 off. House wine is $5 per glass. Other glasses of wine and draft beer are a dollar off. The restaurant’s signature fries are $6. Roasted Brussels sprouts are $7. Or, get three Kalua pork tacos for $8. The fig-and-prosciutto flatbread and bruschetta are also $8 each. 401 E. Farwell Road. Note: the Twigs location on Spokane’s South Hill also sits near a – albeit much smaller but still picturesque – pond. 4320 S. Regal Road. (509) 443-8000. www.twigsbistro.com.
The Barrel Steak and Seafood House
You’ll hardly hear the Wall Street traffic once you’re seated on the back patio. It’s fenced in, like a friend’s yard, with mature trees and bushes, strings of lights, umbrellas and – wait for it – actual grass. A water feature tucked into a far corner adds to the ambiance. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. There are eight dishes to choose from – steak bites, steamer clams, chicken wings, calamari, coconut prawns and more – and each is $8. Beer is $3.50. Cocktails, including the Blood Orange Fashioned and Cucumber-Basil Gimlet – are $7. 6404 N. Wall St. (509) 467-5490. www.thebarrelspokane.com.
Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery
The patio overlooking the pond in the Village at Riverstone is a perfect perch for enjoying cocktails with house-made spirits. Bardenday’s food and drink menus are comprehensive. And the outdoor seating area – with its colorful shade sails and umbrellas – fills up fast when the weather’s nice. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. The ambiance is casual, relaxed and vibrant. Snacks run from as low as $2.50 or $3.50 for a single skewer to $7 for chicken wings. In between, look for a $4 quesadilla, $4.50 spinach-and-artichoke dip and $5 hummus plate. 1710 W. Riverstone Drive in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 765-1540. bardenay.com.
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Best Chain Restaurant Happy Hours (Slideshow) - Recipes
We go there for happy hour often on Fridays. Very busy. Bean dip and salsa combined makes for a great dip. Excellent food.
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We ordered off of the lunch menu (which we had to ask for even though it was lunch time). The meal was very good. I had a Burrito Supreme,
For dessert, 4 of us split a Sopapillas which was delicious!
The service was a LITTLE slow since it was not that busy. But not enough to negatively impact the meal. We did not try the drinks.
We frequently visit San Jose's and always receive quality food, drinks and service. Definitely recommend to anyone who wants good Mexican food.
This place have Great food but service is very slow. I will not recomen if you only have 1hr for lunch but prices are good and price is good.
We love Jose's. Try the large top shelf margarita, you won't be disappointed. I know they have a drink special. but trust me, you want the top shelf. Wow, the orange they add makes it smooth and the tequila/Grand Gala really packs a punch. We love the shredded chicken enchiladas and you can't go wrong with the fajitas for two. The salsa can be a little hot, but the cheese dip is mild. Ask for fresh jalapeño for your food if you want it spicier. Give Jose's a try. it's a great, laid back place.