1. After Dan Savage offered up the opinion on Friday’s SLOG that Smith should be listed among Food and Wine’s Top 100 American Bars based on its pisco sour alone, I thought: “This I gotta try.” Then I did.
The drink was totally respectable though it was a little more diluted than what’s optimal and could have been a bit more limey, for sure. That makes me sound like a jerk but remember, this was the grounds by which we were supposed to be selecting one of the Top Bars in America. And remember too that America is a very large country with an awful lots of bars. That said, it’s highly likely that most of those bars could not make a pisco sour anywhere near as pleasant as Smith’s.
While I was there, I noticed the happy hour menu of $4 bites served between 4 and 6pm. I don’t know about you, but these are exactly the sort of HH snacks I’m hoping to see on a menu: zucchini and English pea fritters with tzatziki, fried chickpeas with cumin and sea salt, radishes with homemade butter and baguette, marinated olives, and ricotta and white cherry crostini. It was too late to try them with my p-sour, but if they taste as good as they sound, I may have to second Savage’s nomination.
2. A few months back, the Hunt Club at the Sorrento changed its chef once more. With new dishes came a new happy hour menu available in the restaurant and the Fireside Room next door. HH is daily from 4 to 6pm and 10pm to close. Wines by the glass are half off, bottled beers are $3.50 and there’s a 30 percent discount on apps. I have tried the whole menu at this point and was most happy with the prime rib sliders—which are bigger than what’s typically considered a slider, piled high with slices of steak and rendered crunchy with a scattering of fried shallots. Those come three to a plate. The fried polenta is less delicious.
3. Finally, word comes today that the Capital Grille has changed up its happy hour. It’s from 3 to 6pm on weekdays in the restaurant’s lounge and features $6 wines by the glass, a $6 vodka cocktail, and $6 snacks: mini tenderloin sandwiches, calamari with peppers, prawn cocktail, miniature Lobster and dungeness crab burgers, and other things. A $6 prawn cocktail? This is something that will require investigation.