Friday, February 07, 2014

The Knock Back

2315 NE Alberta Avenue
Happy Hour: 4 - 6, daily
theknockback.com



The Knock Back opened on NE Alberta at 23rd in late September, just in time to catch the last of the sunny no-need-for-a-jacket summer evenings. They have the perfect fire pit and plenty of outdoor seating--that is not exactly ideal for today's snow day--but will make for a prime spot once the warm temperatures return.


Happy Hour is offered daily from 4 until 6 and includes discounts on food and drinks. The food menu is fairly lengthy so you will be likely to find one or two (or three or four) items that will make you want to come back for more.



On a day like today, I'm certain that they would run out of the makings for their grilled cheese and tomato basil soup. This sandwich is ooey-gooey and filled with three cheeses, making it about ten times better than anything I've ever made at home. Grilled to perfection, the mix of cheddar, gruyere, and campagnolo cheese seeps out from between the two slices of bread just enough to get those delicious little crunchy cheese edges that I love so very much.




The fried brussels sprouts might take the edge off the uber-healthy vegetable--especially if you are one to usually say no--as the little green cruciferous buds seem more like a snack food when fried and less like something your momma made you eat. (Not my momma, though. She hated brussels sprouts.) The salt--and the snackability--made this plate seem more and more like popcorn with each bite.


Popcorn is available on the menu, too. For just a buck you can get a bucket of popped corn covered with smoked paprika, cumin, nutritional yeast and a little olive oil.


Although the name might not be too appealing, the Bad Breath Salad is chock-full of delicious veggies including kale, cabbage, cucumber, and radish. The garlic and ginger finish off the flavor and add what must be the stink that they are referring to. I didn't find it to be too offensive at all.


The discounts on drinks are hefty and include all sorts of options, too. They've got the basic--beer, wine, and well drinks--but also a bottle of bubbly for just twelve bucks, a margarita for $6, or the daily punch for only four dollars. With a price so low, I wasn't expecting the punch to arrive in a pint glass. I was certainly impressed. It won't be the same drink with each visit, but the price will still bring me back for more.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Exceeds

-b

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