Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Happy Hour in the Pearl - Manzana Rotisserie and Ringlers Pub

There are two places in Portland for good, cheap food. Manzana Rotisserie Grill in the Pearl offers happy hour food specials M-Sat from 3:30 - 6:30 and 9 pm - close and on Sundays from Midnight to close. The specials require a $2.50 drink minimum (if you don't drink you can order a bottled water) and the food runs from $1.95 - $3.95 and is well worth swinging by (just remember to sit only in the bar area for happy hour to apply). The quality is good, the service fast, and the menu varied with some southwestern flavor. We ended up here when everything in the Pearl had a long wait and we had theater tickets we needed to get to in an hour. The food was on the table within 15 minutes of us sitting down. No frills just solid straightforward food.
Another option is Ringlers Pub which is part of the McMenamin's family, located on Burnside underneath the Crystal Ballroom and on the edge of the Pearl. Thier happy hour is only from 4-6pm daily, so no late night snack attack to be filled here. The menu is a bit shorter on the options, and prices a bit higher - all items are $2.50 and the min. drink order is $3.00. The food here is more standard American (well, if you don't count the hummus option). Also great food, a more casual atmosphere. Service here was a bit slower, but they had great music playing and we were able to enjoy hanging out. Another plus, the happy hour menu here isn't limited to the bar section.
You can't go wrong with either restaurant.

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