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Hit a wall!! Happy hour ideas!

post #1 of 16
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Hello Everyone!

 

I opened a restaurant last July, things are going well. We just got our beer and wine license and I am putting together a happy hour menu. After putting the regular menu together, I feel as though I am out of ideas. I have been looking around as to what is popular and what would fit our concept. We recently fired our kitchen manager, so I am it in the creative department. We are an American breakfast/lunch restaurant, working on dinner. American style. Anyone have any ideas? They would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

post #2 of 16

What ideas have you already tried?

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post #3 of 16

Bacon(kind of over used), crackers, sausage and cheese plates, homemade chips with various seasoning salts(could showcase your house seasoning blends), rib tips...

post #4 of 16

There's the classics... 

Beef sliders

Pulled pork sliders with cole slaw

Deep fried anything (such as fish & chips)

Chicken wings or wing lollipops

Salmon tartare

Fried breaded chicken fingers with aioli

 

Then you can look at other countries for inspiration...

Quiche with mixed greens

Puffed pastry with just about anything (such as a sausage wrapped in puff pastry served with mustard dipping sauce)

Sandwiches

Raw Eggrolls/Fried Spring rolls

Tacos/Quesadillas/Sopes

Pakoras with mint chutney & spicy dipping sauce

Shrimp & Veggie Tempura 

post #5 of 16

I posted this before but I see you are new.. They look good to me anyway.

 

https://www.facebook.com/wayne.long.35912/photos

post #6 of 16

I like "small plates" for Happy Hour with beer or wine

 

maybe some cold as well as hot offerings?

 

the ladies like 'chip & dip', crunchy & salty,

perhaps hummus and fresh pita chips (cold plate)

or artichoke-spinach dip with fresh thin bread sticks (hot plates)

 

it would also depend upon where you are too?

is fresh fish/seafood available?

 

maybe you could share a bit more information/backstory ?

post #7 of 16

Jalapeno Poppers

Crab cake sliders

Pulled Pork, pulled chicken sliders

Meatball & mozzarella sliders

Mini tacos -clams, fish etc.

Pigs & caramelized onions in a blanket (puff pastry)

Caramel popcorn - lots of ways to go with popcorn

Kebabs

satay

Wings -buffalo, teriyaki, lemon

Reuben egg rolls 

Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Beer-battered Onion Rings/Strings


Edited by Cerise - 4/7/14 at 5:23pm
post #8 of 16

I like small plates, too. 

 

Or things that can be shared.

 

I don't like bar food, though.

 

A few things that I've enjoyed at various places lately or made to take to get-togethers:

 

Sausage sampler with mustards

Charcuterie with various homemade pickles

Cheese plate with roasted grapes

Flat bread "pizzas" with various toppings

Mini pot pies

Seasonal blasted/ roasted vegetables

Belgian style fries with aioli

Mussels

Mini ground pork and kimchi pancakes with ponzu dipping sauce

Cochinita pibil (Mexican pulled pork) soft tacos with pickled onions

Any kind of small, savory, stuffed pastry--empanadas, pupusas, pasties, Middle-eastern spinach or meat pies

Various dips and spreads with pita triangles

post #9 of 16

Corned beef and cabbage eggrolls with horseradish mayo dipping sauce.

 

Korean buldak style chicken legs.

 

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post #10 of 16
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Corned beef and cabbage eggrolls with horseradish mayo dipping sauce.

 

Korean buldak style chicken legs.

 

mjb.

Sounds like my Reuben eggrolls suggestion, 'cept serve with Russian dressing, & slap some Swiss on it. :lips:

post #11 of 16

Indeed.  I might have to actually try doing something like that, wondering which would fare better in the frying, fresh cabbage or sauerkraut?

 

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post #12 of 16

Either/or.  I vote for drained sauerkraut.

 

Or...

 

Reuben potato skins

 

Reuben Quesadillas w Dijon Mustard.

 

Now I want a Reuben!

post #13 of 16

There was a little deli here in SLC that had a GREAT reuben.  Closed up about 2 years ago.  Drat. The dressing they used was just *perfect*

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post #14 of 16

I hate when that happens.  Maybe you could try to duplicate it at home.  Oh, I think coleslaw would work too.

post #15 of 16

Okay that rueben egg-roll I gotta try. Have friends that like kraut so I have a tasting panel to experiment on

post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

Thank you everyone for your posts! Rueben eggroll does sound amazing. I will need to look for a recipe for that. Does anyone know one?

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