28 Sep Special of the day: It’s Happy Hour Somewhere
Thirsty for a college friend fix in August, I flew out to Seattle for an extended girls’ getaway weekend. Upon arrival, my dear friend Danielle immediately whisked me off to Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge just in time for-you guessed it-Happy Hour.
Known for their extensive menu of exquisite New Orleans-style food priced between $4-8 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. and wide array of wines and other adult beverages, Toulouse has been named one of the ten best happy hours in the nation by a recent CNBC nationwide survey.
Settling down in high bar stools at a bistro table, it was immediately apparent why their happy hour had been met with rave reviews. Prosecco bubbling in our glasses was soon paired with a parade of painstakingly prepared and elegantly presented appetizers which included Crab Ravigote over Fried Green Tomatoes (to-die-for), Sinister Fried Pacific Shrimp and Crawfish Beignets. If you’re headed to Seattle soon, it’s a Happy Hour destination to hit for sure. Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge at 601 North Queen Anne Avenue, 206.432-9069.
With the economy in the drink, Happy Hour specials have gained popularity to the extent that there is an app for the iPhone called Happy Hour Finder (http://thehappyhourfinder.com/) that will point you in the direction of various Happy Hour hot spots around your city, if you live in a city filled with bars hosting notable happy hours, that is. When I ordered up my zip code, “No happy hours found” came back.
Not to worry, a few quick calls to some local watering holes revealed that Happy Hour deals are a-brewing right here in Great Falls, Montana, too.
C’mon get happy with lots of local happy hour options.
Dante’s 1325 8th Avenue North– from 5-7 Monday through Saturday, $2 off well drinks, $1 off tap beer and ½ price appetizers.
Halftime Sportsbar 1101 NW Bypass– from 5-7 every night, bottled beer, canned beer and well drinks are $2, draft beer is $1.50
Jakers 1500 10th Avenue South– from 4-6 p.m. 2-for-1 well drinks, house wine and beer. 9-11 2-for-1 well drinks and specialty drinks, $3 off upper end wine, after hours appetizer menu with items priced at $5 and $6.
Macaroni Grill 1420 Market Place Drive– Mezzo Prezzo or in Italian, “Half price bottles” where premium (not house wine) wine bottles are ½ off all day Thursdays.
Max Casino & Sports Bar 1700 Fox Farm Road– Monday through Friday from 5-7, domestic drafts $1.75, well drinks $1.75, Bloody Marys and Caesars $2.50, margaritas $3.00 and happy hour hors d’oeuvres priced at $4.
Ryan’s Station 721 6th Street SW– from 4-6 and from 9-11 every night they run daily specials:Margarita Monday- ½ off margaritas Two-fer Tuesdays- 2-for-1 well drinks and draft beer Wino Wednesdays- ½ off house wine by the glass Thirsty Thursdays- ½ off steins of beer Friday- $1 off specialty drinks Bucket of beer Saturday- 5 domestic beers for $10 Bloody Sundays- $3 Bloody Marys and Caesars
Or host a happy hour party at home with this week’s Special of the day: It’s Happy Hour Somewhere with recipes for Fried Green Tomatoes with Tarragon Crab Salad and Remoulade Sauce. Cheers!Fried Green Tomatoes with Tarragon Crab Salad and Remoulade Sauce (serves 4 as an appetizer) Inspired by Crab Ravigote over Fried Green Tomatoes at Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge Make the Remoulade Sauce: ½ cup mayonnaise ¼ cup heavy whipping cream 1 green onion ¼ cup fresh parsley ¼ cup roasted red pepper (from jar), drained 2 tablespoons ketchup Tabasco, to taste ¼ teaspoon cayenne Combine all sauce ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Spoon a thin layer of Remoulade sauce on serving plates. Make the Tarragon Crab Salad: 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons (packed) fresh tarragon leaves, minced 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions 1 cup cooked snow crab meat In a medium mixing bowl whisk together all salad ingredients (except for crab) until smooth. Stir in crab and refrigerate until ready to serve. Make the Fried Green Tomatoes: 1 cup buttermilk 2 cups bread crumbs 1 teaspoon cayenne ½ teaspoon salt 4 medium green tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat 1 inch oil until hot. Pour buttermilk in medium shallow dish. Combine bread crumbs, cayenne and salt in gallon-size plastic baggie. Dip green tomato slices in buttermilk and then shake in breading bag to coat. Carefully transfer breaded tomato slices to hot oil and cook until golden brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Arrange Fried Green Tomatoes on top of Remoulade Sauce on serving plates and mound Tarragon Crab Salad on top. Garnish with additional thinly sliced green onions and fresh parsley, if desired. Enjoy! Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Sydne’s “Special of the day” columns and recipes are archived at: http://sydnegeorge.com/blog.