If you picked up a copy of last week's Thirsty: The Happy Hour Guide, you know that Central Oregon has more than its share of cheap food and drink specials. In making the guide, we tried some of the best happy hours we didn't know existed. If you haven't picked up a copy of the Source Weekly's new happy hour guide, grab one before they're all snapped up or head over to www.tsweeklychow.com for a full listing of Central Oregon's Happy Hours.
5 Fusion and Sushi Bar
Daily 4:00pm-6:00pm, Fri. and Sat. 9pm-midnight Drinks: $3 beers, $5 cocktails, $5 wine Food: $5 assorted appetizers and sushi rolls. Lilian Chu of Hong Kong Restaurant fame and Soba founder Di Long opened their joint venture in Deep's former Wall Street location last year. Though named for the core seasonings in Chinese cooking, you won't find any chow mein on the menu here.
Daily 2-6pm. Drinks: $3 drafts, $5 wine, cocktail specials. Food: $4 vegetable tempura, $5 landsliders two ways, $2 edemame. From the slick, padded walls of the elevator as it takes patrons down below street level to the post-modern, au naturel motif - a stylish nod to the Pacific Northwest - 10 Below is one of the sexiest places to dine in Central Oregon right now.
Daily, 3-6pm. Food: $1 oysters, $3 fries, mixed greens salad, stuffed piquillo peppers, $6 grilled pork shoulder, Portobello sandwich.
900 Wall is known for their great happy hour drink specials, but the food shouldn't be overlooked. Where else can you get oysters on the half-shell for the price of a four-piece chicken nugget?
Daily 4-6pm Drinks: $225 domestic beers, $3 imports, $2.75 well drinks drinks Food: $4 quesadillas, $4.50 potato skins and beachside fries.
Ok, so it's not really next to a beach, but Beachside does it's best to replicate the laid back feel of a So-Cal hangout with its surf influenced décor and menu.
Daily 4-9pm at the bar and outside, 4-6pm in the dining room. 916 NW Wall St.
Affordable food can be found at all times at Joolz, an oasis of contemporary Mediterranean cuisine that has both Middle Eastern and Pacific Northwest influences. A great way to sample the hard-to-classify, but easy-to-appreciate menu is during Joolz's happy hour. The menu is just as delicious and has the bonus of being available through dinnertime at the bar and outside.
Food: $5 ful medames, $3 sweet potato and russet fries, $5 falafel.
Kayo's Dinnerhouse and Lounge
Mon-Sat 3-6pm, 8:30- close. 415 S Hwy 97.
The new Kayo's reincarnation has one of the most affordable fine dining menus around, but it doesn't compare to their insane happy hour prices. If you want, it's possible to scrape together a veritable four-course meal for around ten bucks.
Food: $1.95 hummus plate. $3.95 spice rubbed chicken taco, $4.95 seared ahi.
Mon-Fri 3-6pm, 9pm-close, Sun 5-10pm. 920 NW Bond St. Ste. 105.
This brand new French fusion eatery burst onto the Bend dining scene a few weeks ago. You don't need to drop a lot of money to try out the menu, though - their happy hour prices are an affordable introduction to Tart's culinary style.
Food: $3 fish taco, $4 coconut-crusted tenderloin chops, $8 Foie Gras sliders.
These are just some of our favorite happy hour eats. To put in your two cents, go to the new Chow website at www.tsweeklychow.com to submit a review.