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Happy Hour Appetizers at Urban Bar & Grill

November 3rd, 2009 Tweet Facebook Digg Stumble Reddit Comment
Who wouldn't want stabbed pineapple?

Who wouldn't want stabbed pineapple?

On a short trip down to San Diego to visit a friend, I only ended up having time for one meal, so I wanted to make it good.  I was told the Gas Lamp area was a great part of town to find some grub, so we took a stroll through that part of downtown to see what we could find.

After checking out a couple menus prominently displayed outside of restaurants, we chose Urban Bar & Grill, mostly because they had a pretty great happy hour going on.  Aside from some pretty swanky drink specials, all appetizers  were half-priced.  We took our seats at the lovely outdoor patio and opened our menus.  Even though the main courses looked good, I knew I had to stick to the awesomely priced appetizers.

The two meatiest options were the chicken satay and buffalo wings.  I ordered a set of each to mix up my palette and chilled out, enjoying the nice weather and atmosphere.  When my food came, I was pretty impressed by the arrangement of the satay.  Three skewers  of chicken were impaling a hunk of pineapple and surrounded thin strips reminiscent of styrofoam.  The presentation of the buffalo wings was pretty basic comparatively although there were a couple veggies in there that severely dipped my appreciation of the presentation.

Why would they ruin these with veggies?

Why would they ruin these with veggies?

Despite the presentation, I was a little disappointed to find the satay tasted pretty generic.  It was good, but didn’t impress.  The buffalo wings were pretty much the same story.  I enjoyed the sauce, but was a little disappointed that the wings weren’t wings at all, but actually drumsticks.  A lot of people prefer drummies, but I prefer when a menu doesn’t lie.  These complaints aside, my meal was fulfilling, and even more so with the happy hour discount.  Had the appetizers been full-priced, I may not have been such a happy camper, but I guess happy hour lived up to its name.


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