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Happy Hour: Summer in the City

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xtian May 28, 2010 07:28 AM

The warm weather prompted some good happy hour excursions this week. For me, happy hour is always a great way to try some of the city's new restaurants without commiting to the time or expense of a whole meal-- I would love to get some suggestions on where to try in the week's to come.

My new favorite is Sampan. I love their industrial-style urban courtyard at Grafitti Bar. The $2 satays can't be beat... especially the grilled corn with coconut milk, lime and togorashi. Other satay favorites were the halibut cheek with lemon and sea salt and the lamb chop. The Cape May salts were no special bargain at $2 each, but tasted briny fresh-- and the pickled ramps garnish was a nice touch. Also tried the kobe hot dog for $2... a simple hot dog, but very tasty with a smoked mustard. The cocktail of the day is $4... a great way to try out a daily selection from a very interesting drink menu.

Chifa was another stop this week. It's been awhile since I've visited the spot, so it was nice to see that they have lowered their happy hour prices and put out some sidewalk tables (even if Chestnut Street is pretty noise-polluted with bus traffic). My hubby enjoyed the Cusquena Peruvian lager for $3 and I loved the spicy passionfruit thai chili margarita for $6. The pork-belly bun was a stand out, as always, and comes as a single bun for $4. Also tried the Ecuadorian ceviche, which was lacking in flavor I thought and the crab empanada. But, with a bun and beer now priced at $7, I'll definitely be back.

Last night, we wandered down to Positano Coast for the first of Old City's Thursday night happy hour promotion. I've never been here and was very pleasantly suprised to find a very adult crowd (30s-40s), a wonderfully breezy open-air vibe, and great bar service. We enjoyed some of the $3 wine (nothing special, but OK) and suprisingly good cocktail special "The Bomber", which was a mix of vodka, apples, and St. Germain, at $4. Food standouts were the deep-fried poached egg with roasted asparagus and the zuchinni flatbread at $4 each. Couldn't help but thinking what a great date spot this would be.

So... where should I put on my list for next week??

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    AlissaMichelle RE: xtian May 28, 2010 08:18 AM

    Tinto. I went a few weeks ago and it was absolutely fabulous. Half price sangria ($4) and since it's tapas, you can try any small plate you want without spending a fortune. I recommend the short rib bocadillo - best thing i've eaten in months!

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