Monday, June 16, 2014

Punch Bowl Social

340 SW Morrison Street (3rd floor of Pioneer Place)
Happy Hour: 3 - 6 PM and 10 - close, daily

It's Monday, the first official day of summer break...and it's raining. It's been sunny and beautiful for weeks, but not today. At least it's not as bad as it was last year. Or the year before. But it sure would be nice to kick off the vacation with a little fun in the sun.

On days like today it makes sense to stay inside. That does not mean, however, that you need to curl up on your own couch. Get out. Head downtown. And spend your afternoon at Punch Bowl Social. They've got good food, great drinks, bowling, karaoke, shuffleboard, darts, ping pong, and so much more. It's a great place to celebrate and a perfect spot when the weather just isn't quite what you want. Plus they have happy hour twice, every single day.

Punch Bowl Social offers happy hour daily from three to six and again from ten to close. They've got discounts on both food and drinks, including "old man cans" for just three bucks a pop and the featured punch of the day for only $6.

We were there with a group large enough that we had a chance to sample a little bit of everything on the menu. The deviled eggs ($4) were a crowd pleaser for sure, most likely due to the coffee bacon jam that topped each one.

The mac and cheese was a favorite, as well, although I had to special order mine without the guanciale (pork jowl salumi just isn't for me). It's made with marscapone, Tillamook cheddar, caramelized onions, kale, and just the right amount of breadcrumbs. The texture is spot on and the onions add that extra something that makes this mac and cheese one that you'll want to have again and again.

My favorite food item--on both the happy hour menu and the regular dinner menu--are the veggie street tacos (they've got a meaty version that are probably equally delicious). During happy hour, they are just $2.50 each. Made with Mexican-style rajas and topped with avocado, salsa, cilantro and crema, it's hard to eat just one. (If I hadn't been intentional in ordering a little of this and a little of that for blogging purposes, I could have easily eaten nothing but these. They are just that good.)

Although we stuck to singles this time, ordering a punch bowl is something that everyone should do at least once (assuming, of course, that you can agree on a punch to share). They come large enough to serve four ($36) or eight ($72). If that's not your thing, they've also got a few adult milkshakes listed on the menu that are awfully tempting. If only I hadn't filled up on tacos and mac and cheese.

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