Yes, yes, I know. I gave you a little nibble about the Hawthorne Lane Happy Hour, and then I left you hanging. But, in my defense, the other post was already getting rather long, and I was on a mission.
But, see, the beauty of the World Wide Interweb is that I can come back two, even three, days later, and give you the scoop, the low-down, the "goods", if you will. And it's even more appropriate, because you could go off, and have yourself a loverly happy hour this very evening, if you wish. Because, really, what's a Friday evening without Happy Hour?
The best part about Hawthorne? You can still get a seat there, especially on a Friday evening. Sure, most of the other patrons will be in their FiDi garb, but you won't feel out of place even in your jeans.
The Bar Bites menu consists of several small plates, each remarkably priced between $1.50 - $3.50. There is a "Cocktail of the Month" for $5, while beers are $3, well cocktails are $4 and selected wines are $5.
C and I ordered one of each item on the Happy Hour menu, except for the Baked Mussels, and supplemented with an order of their Tempura Green Beans ($6), which I'd had before.
The beans were as amazing as I’d remembered – crisp, ungreasy batter, tender flavorful beans, and a wicked sweet-hot mustard dipping sauce. I can see myself developing a dangerous habit of these.
The Mini Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich($2)was served with an adorable demi-tasse of chilled tomato soup. Grilled brioche, smooth goat cheese... what's not to like about a dish like this?
The Bistro Garlic Fries ($1.50) were fabulously unlike the mediocre version at SBC Park – slender, crisp & tender, with just a sexy suggestion of garlic and fresh herbs.
The Mini Slider with San Joaquin Cheese & Tomato Chutney ($3.50) was good enough that I only got a small bite. It was cooked medium-rare and was very flavorful. If this were a full-size burger, it would come close to the perfection of a Luka’s burger.
The Braised Pork Riblets ($3.50) were the only thing I wouldn’t order again – while they had a deep, rich flavor, they were too stringy and tough to be enjoyable.
The Pizza Bite of the Day ($3) in this case was fresh tomatoes, goat cheese & herbs. Really quite delicious, with a sweetish, tender crust. Next time, I might ask for it “well done”.
I'm not kidding when I say that this might be the best Happy Hour deal in the city. Know a better one? Tell me about it!
22 Hawthorne Street