More for the Frugal Foodie

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Above: House-rolled meatballs tossed in honey Sriracha sauce and topped with cilantro, paired with a handy nearby mule at Court Avenue’s CABCo.

By Wini Moranville

One of my favorite projects for dsm magazine in recent months was writing the “Living Large on a Dime” article, in which I outlined some great night-of-the-week or happy hour food-and-drink specials. Of course, once the story ran, I caught wind of a couple more that are well worth the food-loving bargain-hunter’s attention:

• 3-4-5 Happy Hour at Court Avenue Restaurant and Brewing Company (CABCo): Monday through Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m., enjoy $3 drafts of CABCo beer, $4 mule-style cocktails (made with a ginger beer crafted in-house) and half-price appetizers. The latter includes any appetizer on the regular menu, with easily enough options to make a varied and filling meal: wings, spinach-and-artichoke dip, honey-Sriracha meatballs, Southwestern spring rolls, a hummus plate and more. (309 Court Ave.; 515-282-2739;

• The Continental Lounge: Daily from 3 to 6 p.m. (except on Sundays, when the restaurant is closed), you can enjoy $4 classic mojitos or glasses of sangria. In addition, small plates that normally cost $5.95 to $9.95 can be had for $2.95 to $6.95. These include tomato bruschetta, truffled mushrooms, chicken and chorizo skewers, cheese and olive empanadillas and albondigas (spicy meatballs—a personal favorite). (428 E. Locust St.; 515-244-5845;

Is there another Happy Hour special we should know about? Tell us about it on my Facebook page.

Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm. Follow her at All Things Food DSM-Wini Moranville.

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