Happy Hour

Three New Food-Focused Happy Hours

What can $5 buy you? Oysters, Spanish small plates, and vegan comfort food.

By Allecia Vermillion October 25, 2012

Salmon jalapeno poppers at Elliott's Seafood Cafe. Photo via Elliott's.

 Like French hens and celebrity deaths, new happy hours seem to come in threes. Here are some promising destinations for some snack-fueled conviviality.

Elliott's Seafood Cafe
The newish oyster bar spinoff of the venerable waterfront seafood restaurant has added a late-night happy hour, perfectly situated for anyone who braves the weather to ride the Ferris wheel. Oysters run $1.25 apiece and a list of $5 plates includes buffalo oysters, smoked salmon jalapeno poppers, a squid escabeche, and sliders made with pulled beef that's been braised in root beer. Certain wine pours are $5, draft beers are $4 (or $3 if you fancy a Coors Light), and there's a specially priced cocktail list, too.
When: Sunday through Thursday, 8-10 and Friday and Saturday, 8-11.

Hunger 2.0
Since moving to its spacious new quarters, the Fremont restaurant has retooled its menu a bit and lowered prices. The ensuing happy hour menu offers more than a dozen plates at $3, $5, or $7 each. A trio of dollar bills buys you a housemade sausage, some smoked gouda, or olive tapenade and crostini. Five-buck dishes include stuffed dates or a duo of braised pork sliders. And for those who really want to make it rain, the burger is on the $7 list. House wines, drafts, and certain well drinks and cocktails are $5.
When: Daily, 4-6, Sunday through Thursday 10-11, and Fridays and Saturdays from 11pm to midnight. Bar and patio only.

South Lake Union Veggie Grill
This Santa Monica-based chainlet likes to avoid the word "vegan," but its menu of hearty comfort food and uncannily accurate meat substitutes is 100-percent plant. The South Lake Union location now entices after-work Amazonians with a $5 combo of an appetizer and a can of PBR. Choose from two kinds of wings (crispy barbecue or buffalo-style with attendant celery sticks) or nachos. The full menu is obviously available then, too.
When: Daily, 4-6. 


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