happy hour

Ahi Tuna taco coastal style at Fish District in San Diego

A heatwave hit our area one summer weekend and A/C suddenly became a deciding factor in where to eat! We had tried Fish District for lunch and this time caught their daily happy hour. Between 2-5pm, they offered $1 off classics, TKO tacos, and beers.

I first found Trade Winds Tavern after my coworkers set up an impromptu happy hour there. We were lured in by the $3 craft beer special throughout the month of February! My existing go-to for craft beer was happy hour at Crab Hut Mira Mesa but this one was much closer to my workplace! I sipped on a Ginja Ninja cider while waiting for Dennis to pick me up for dinner. Since we were going to Tin Roof that night, I only tried a few bites of their miso cod special.

samples at Trade Winds Tavern gastropub in Convoy

A few days later, unrelated to that visit, I received an invitation to a media preview. As you can guess, we were more than willing to explore their food and drink menu!

Bar area at Trade Winds Tavern gastropub in Convoy DJ booth for the media event at Trade Winds Tavern gastropub in Convoy

Usually there are more tables inside but they opened up the space for the media event. We grabbed drinks at the bar and sat down at a nearby table. A DJ provided some jams for the evening.

Blueberry Cucumber Cocktail and Strawberry Sojutini at Trade Winds Tavern gastropub in Convoy

Strawberry Sojutini (left) - ty ku soju, lemon juice, strawberry puree, Blueberry Cucumber Cocktail (right) - tombo soju, blueberry cucumber puree

Crab Hut - Exterior

Crab Hut in Mira Mesa is finally open! My family has been waiting for this place to open for quite a while and they've been asking me to go with them since their soft opening a week ago. The place was packed when we went this past Wednesday. From what we've been told, it was much busier on the first day.

Crab Hut - Bar

There are not that many restaurants in the Mira Mesa area that have a full liquor bar. This place has plenty of seating and cheap $3 craft beer specials during happy hour (M-F 2-6).

Crab Hut - Oyster Bar

Oyster bar on the back half of the drink bar. There's even a person standing by to shuck oysters fresh right there for you! Select oysters are $1 each during happy hour and all day Tuesdays!

It’s Taco Tuesday! Undecided of where to go? We wandered over to La Puerta in downtown San Diego to check out their Taco Tuesday specials.

chips and salsa at La Puerta in San Diego

Ask for the complimentary chips and salsa to start. These chips are fried as thick as pita chips and go well with the fabulous salsas here. The red salsa is almost like a V8 flavor and thickness (in a good way) but on the slightly sweeter side. The green salsa is of a medium consistency made with serrano and tomatillo plus you can taste a bit of the lime in there. I can't even think of another place I like better.

taco tuesday at La Puerta in San Diego taco tuesday at La Puerta in San Diego

To celebrate Taco Tuesday, we decided to order every taco flavor available.

Dennis and I had $60 of promotional credit at Benihana and only one month left before it expired. Rather than using it all on two entrees with the dinner show chefs, we decided to explore as much of the happy hour menu as possible. And we were able to try so many items!

Our first visit was on a Thursday around 6:30pm and there was a little bit of a wait. We bypassed it by getting seated at the sushi bar instead.

Benihana - Las Vegas Roll

Roy's Restaurant - Wagyu Beef Sliders

I received an email from Roy's Restaurant promoting an all night $6 happy hour menu for president's day so I decided to revisit. After a quick call to confirm they hadn't run out of food, I headed out to meet Dennis there. Once inside, I marveled at the newly expanded bar area at the front. There was a turquoise blue overcast and hanging lights that made me think of a starlit night. There were a couple of high bar tables, all occupied, plus a few seats at the bar itself, where Dennis was waiting for me.

Dennis started out with a drink: Rye Me A River. This contained Templeton Rye Whiskey and a few other ingredients and he happily sipped on it while we looked over the happy hour menu.