Top Ten Places for Happy Hour Food

When I started this Top Ten, I was thinking of places for lots of food at bargain prices, in which case you would head for the Bay Cafe in Canton at happy hour. But then I realized Midnight Sun Sam had already done a Best Of happy hour buffets. Unfortunately one of the five places he mentioned has closed its doors, so maybe that's not the best thing to be publicizing. Anyway, I decided to go for a more varied and possibly more interesting (food-wise) list.  

For more suggestions, please check under a previous post. And I hope you'll have other thoughts for us about happy hour food deals and post them below.

Here's my list: ... 

* Arcos in Upper Fells Points has a "Happy Hour Fiesta" menu with two tacos, nachos, quesadillas or guacamole for $4, $3 margaritas and $4 glasses of sangria. Thanks, Bourbon Girl. I wouldn't have thought of it.

* City Cafe in Mount Vernon offers $7 fried calamari or nachos, $8 lobster ravioli, and $9 mini crab cakes or crab and artichoke dip. Special prices for happy hour only.

* Harry Browne's in Annapolis has complimentary hors d'oeuvres and special prices on raw bar items: 50 cent oysters, $5 bowl of mussels, 10-20 steamed shrimp for $8-$14, and clams for $1 each.

* If you aren't looking for quantity, Ixia in Mount Vernon has complimentary hors d'oeuvres at happy hour, provided by one of Baltimore's excellent chefs, Kevin Miller. Dinner may be way out of your price range, but happy hour isn't, with discounted martinis, wine and beer.

* Morton's the Steakhouse, area locations, has a happy hour Bar Bites menu with items like miniature crab cakes and petite filet mignon sandwiches for $5.

* You have to like loud rock 'n roll, but RA Sushi in Harbor East offers a happy hour menu of nigiri, rolls and non-sushi items like pineapple wontons for under $5. Customers like the hot sake for $1.

* Aperitivo Hour at Sotto Sopra in Mount Vernon features "light bites" at the bar for small change, along with discounted drinks and $10 pastas.

* Tabrizi's in Harborview has half-priced tapas for happy hour, which could be something like grilled house-made stuffed grape leaves. Plus you can sit outside next to the water.

* The Tusk Lounge in the Brass Elephant has two-for-one drinks at happy hour, and the bar menu is so reasonable compared to the prices downstairs, it can be considered a deal. Plus there's the elegant setting.

* The "2, 3 and 4 at 5" at the Wine Market in Locust Point stands for $2 beer, $3 mini-appetizers that sound very good, and $4 glasses of wine. Obviously you don't have to be there exactly at 5 p.m.


(Lloyd Fox/Sun photographer) 

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