When it comes to the Pearl
, and whether cheap food and drinks can be had there, Cured's
happy hour seems to garner all of the acclaim. Rightfully so. It's where I prefer to destroy my liver while ingesting the Pearl's fancy food.
I didn't know about the Boiler House
's happy hour, though. This upscale grill, first opened in 2012, boasts a really good happy hour that isn't widely known, it seems. And if the purpose of a good happy hour is to cram a little sustenance in your belly while reaching a semi-buzzed state — all for under $20 or so — Boiler House does a fine job.
For starters, happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday — which, for office workers, I realize now, may not be the best times. But for the unemployed and the tourists who were there during my visit, you've got all day!
The menu's simple: just think six. Cocktails and appetizers are $6, as are select reds and whites, champagne and rosé. No beer.
Sitting at the bar, surrounded by tall, 130-year-old brick walls (this once was the Pearl Brewery's boiler room, in case you hadn't put two and two together) and industrial-style accents (caged light fixtures shoot down toward the bar), I ordered the house margarita. The bartender said it would be refreshing on this stuffy early-April day. And it was. Served in a smaller cocktail glass, and on the rocks, the marg was strong and hit the spot.
For food, I ordered the deviled ham 'n' eggs and the crunchy chicharrones. Both were satisfying. The deviled eggs were stuffed to the point where they immediately spilled upon handling, and I needed a fork to finish them. The three egg-halves were topped with sliced cornichons, a lemon aioli, and black pepper ranch. A small salad in the middle of the plate made this a great deal.
The chicharrones were excellent. A small pile of the skins was dusted with guajillo chili powder and sprinkled with lime and crumbles of some kind of queso fresco. On the side were a couple more lime slices and a ramekin of house hot sauce for dipping.
Capping the visit was the bourbon and apples cocktail, a warm and cinnamon-y concoction that seemed out of season, but was good, so who cares?
While not at the level of Cured, (the absence of beer was a turnoff) Boiler House's happy hour is still very much worth mentioning among food and drink deals at the Pearl.
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