Happier Happy Hours

Above: Really, what makes a happy hour happier than a crispy fried side — like this very satisfying calamari?
By Wini Moranville

Plenty of places around town offer terrific happy hour specials; trouble is, many end at 6 p.m., and most vanish come the weekend. An exception: Bonefish Grill’s Hand-Crafted Happy Hour, served every day from 4 to 6:30 p.m., including weekends. In my experience, the 6:30 p.m. end time (versus 6 p.m.) can make all the difference between getting in and losing out.

The weekend hours are also a boon to those seeking a light bite (at happy hour prices) before a 7 p.m.-ish movie at nearby Jordan Creek Town Center.
On a recent happy hour visit, we sampled four of the six bar bites ($6 each). The Crispy Cod Sliders arrived with an irresistibly puffy batter inside a soft potato bun, and the calamari also satisfied in that crispy-fried way. On the more refined side, the Mussels Josephine brought plump mussels dotted with red onion, tomatoes and fresh basil in a delicate lemon-wine sauce. The Ahi Tuna Poke, served in a glass atop a cushion of avocado puree, also satisfied. Other choices on the menu include Wagyu beef sliders and crispy au gratin bites.
Drink prices are slashed to $4 for house wines and $5 for select single-spirit drinks; draft beers are $1 off. A handful of hand-shaken cocktails also are offered at $5 each. While the shaken margarita may not have been the best margarita in town, I’d venture that the thoroughly satisfying, ultra-fresh, crisp and tingly drink could well be the best $5 margarita in town. The Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini proved too sweet for my tastes, but may well please fans of a certain style of tutti-frutti neo martinis.

Bonefish Grill is at 650 S. Prairie View Drive; 515-267-0064; bonefishgrill.com.

Wini Moranville covers food and dining for dsm. Follow her at All Things Food – DSM Wini Moranville.

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