Issue Date: November 2009
Cheap Eats: High-End Happy Hours
Happy hours are for more than just drinking. We ended our workday at three upscale restaurants to prove you can try
some of the best places in the city for $6 or less.
Edited by Beth Stallings; by Chuck Bowen, Jennifer Bowen, Katie Dragga, Christina Ipavec, Jason Lloyd, Brittany Moffat, Andy Netzel, Kim Schneider, Colleen Smitek, Beth Stallings, Erick Trickey, Michelle Venorsky and Jim Vickers
Mon-Fri, 5 - 7 p.m.
2417 Professor Ave., Cleveland, (216) 781-8858, fahrenheittremont.com
ORDER THIS // Vietnamese Chicken Spring Rolls ($4.50)
Get these crispy rolls filled with chicken, lemongrass, garlic and peanuts for half-price during the Tremont restaurant’s happy hour. The fresh veggies refresh your palate — just be sure to give your taste buds a warning before you dunk into the Hong Kong dipping sauce. It packs a powerful punch. OTHERS OPTIONS: Fahrenheit nachos ($6) aren’t really
nachos but a heaping pile of spiral-cut spuds layered with goat cheese
sauce, bacon, chives and sea salt. Duck confit wings ($5) will provide
your fill of protein with two fist-size wings smothered in sweet
teriyaki sauce, crushed peanuts and scallions.
Bistro on Lincoln Park
Mon-Fri, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.; 9 p.m. - close
2391 W. 11th St., Cleveland, (216) 862-2969, bistroonlincolnpark.com
ORDER THIS // Brochette de Parma ($5)
Opting to create dishes separate
from its regular menu for happy hour, Bistro on Lincoln Park has
assembled an array of nicely priced options with fun takes on classic
foods. Take the Brochette de Parma. The breaded semolina polenta has a
creamy, cheeselike consistency that reminds us of fried cheese on a
stick from a fair — albeit a classier version with fresh tomato sauce
and Parmesan reggiano cheese. OTHERS OPTIONS:
Mozzarella en carozza ($5) is a clever twist on grilled cheese and
tomato soup using house-made mozzarella and pesto with a smear of
tomato sauce. Duck confit shepherd’s pie ($5) layers a duck, onion,
celery and cabernet mixture with mashed potatoes.
Tue-Fri, 4 - 7 p.m.; Sun, 5 - 10 p.m.
2523 Market Ave., Cleveland,
(216) 241-4243, theflyingfig.com
ORDER THIS // Tempura Battered Green Beans ($5)
have been a Flying Fig happy hour staple for years, and there’s good
reason for that. Light, airy and crispy — you might even think you’re
eating french fries or a classic green bean casserole. Whatever
favorite food it evokes, it’s hard to keep from reaching for more. OTHERS OPTIONS:
The roast chicken baguette sandwich ($5) loads on the brie, bacon,
sweet onions and tomato jam. Hand-cut fries ($2.50) may seem ordinary
at first, but a sprinkle of rosemary and a tasty harissa (a North
African red hot sauce) aioli take them to the next level.