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Talarico’s

Posted in West Seattle on September 25, 2012 by happyseattle

This is the place to go to get a slice of pizza that is bigger than your head, bigger than a football, bigger than some of the skirts worn by their servers….you get the point. The pizza is big.

Neighborhood/s: West Seattle

Food: Perhaps you’ve heard about the pizza slices–they are large. And at Talarico’s happy hour you can get a 14″ slice (I told you!) for $4.00. It’s essentially like getting 3 slices of pizza for $4, which is pretty freaking awesome as long as you have not eaten for many hours and don’t plan on eating again. The slices are not just sizable, but also pretty darn tasty. My favorite is The Sinatra; it’s spicy enough to make you swoon, just like old Blue Eyes himself. There are also other HH snacks to suit your fancy. The Three Cheese Artichoke dip for $6.00 is creamy and cheesy and everything nice.

Drinks:  Draft beer  is $3.50, well drinks are $4.50, and house wine is $5.00. Not bad at all.

Atmosphere: In the past I’ve been to Talarico’s in the later, not-so-happy hours and the place is usually pretty lively. It just so happens the day I went in to review the happy hour the atmosphere was a little more deflated than usual. Perhaps it was just the earlier time frame, but the music selection was depressing (soft rock/country) and there was a very strong stench of bleach and burning wafting through the restaurant/bar.  It wasn’t the most glamorous of scenes, but all that went unnoticed once I had consumed most of my colossal sized pizza slice.

Service: Good. As previously mentioned some of the female servers are scantily clad. That could be a good thing or not–you decide.

The Happiest Hours: 3-6pm and 11pm-1am EVERY DAY.

Website: http://talaricospizza.com/

I’m giving Talarico’s a rating of 4 olives. I am only docking them one olive because of the sad energy that was happening when I went in for happy hour. Technically the slices should compensate for any shortcomings (did I mention they’re huge?), but I will be true to my criteria.

Toulouse Petit

Posted in Queen Anne on September 4, 2012 by happyseattle

Toulouse Petit was selected by CNBC’s recent nationwide survey as one of the ten best Happy Hours in the nation in 2010. Well, with a reputation like that I just had to see what everyone was fussing about.

Neighborhood/s: Queen Anne

Food: There are about a gazillion mouth-watering options on this HH menu. I was nervous that being in a fancy Queen Anne bar meant that I would receive tiny portions on giant plates with sauces swirled all about them. However, when I ordered the Barbecued Shrimp New Orleans for $6, I was pleasantly surprised. The shrimp was delicious and it came with a side of creamy grits that were amazing. I also had the mushroom bruschetta (only one piece of bread, but decently sized–probably doesn’t need to cost $6) and the pommes frites with aoli (I think we got the fries from the bottom of the bucket because they were all sad and broken). I definitely didn’t need the fries, but I was 3 drinks in and was getting the semi-drunk munchies.

Drinks: My only bone to pick with Toulouse Petit is that $7.50 is not at all an appropriate happy hour drink price. I mean, come on–unless the booze is made from the tears of a unicorn or has microscopic diamonds floating in it, there’s no need to charge that much. My first drink, called Silver Lining, was all sugar and no alcohol. However, my second choice (recommended by a fab friend) was the Katie-Mae and it was deliciously potent. Just the way I like it.

Atmosphere: Good. One must get there at the early side of happy hour as the place fills up very quickly with very pretty people.

Service: Slow at times, but very friendly.

The Happiest Hours: 4-6pm and 10pm to 1am

Website: http://toulousepetit.com/

Toulouse Petit gets 4 olives–if their drinks were slightly more reasonably priced (like $5 would be fine) I would give them the full five.

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