Thursday, September 03, 2015


2454 East Burnside
Happy Hour: 4 - 6 PM, daily

The official Happy Hour to do list has gotten to be SO long during the past year. And the restaurants on the list have been split into two very different categories: those that welcome teeny tiny humans and those that I'm saving for the next time we've got a babysitter lined up. Blogging is tough with a baby, but it's even harder when you're trying to blog about happy hour. If you've got any family-friendly establishments we should add to the list, please send them our way.

Ate-Oh-Ate is high on the list (every list we searched, in fact) of family-friendly establishments in the Portland area. (I actually first learned of this place from my sixteen year-old nephew. He love love LOVES their spam musubi.) They've got toys and high chairs and all that you need to keep everyone happy, plus Hawaiian shave ice (made with or without rum!). And Happy Hour is available DAILY from 4 to 6 PM.

The Happy Hour menu includes discounts on food and drinks (including a dollar off all of their specialty cocktails). They've also got a long list of items available as sides with prices so low you might consider coming back again and again instead of making that much needed trip to the grocery store. I stuck with the vegetarian options--a plate of spicy edamame and a cup of their vegetable curry--but you'll probably hear from my co-bloggers about their meaty meals eventually.

The edamame was covered with chopped garlic and some sort of red chili paste. There was enough heat to warrant the name of the dish but not so much that I couldn't finish them myself (and I'm a bit of a wimp).

It was the curry, though, that made the most impact on my tastebuds. Japanese curry is one of my favorites. For happy hour, it's just a small cup of the curry...but you can add steamed rice and chicken or pork cutlets for just a few dollars more when ordering off of the regular dinner menu.

Both the Mai Tai (which is just six bucks during happy hour) and the Suffering Bastard--made with gin, light rum, lime, ginger beer, and bitters--are limited to two per person. Assuming that they were both super sweet (and probably stupidly strong), I ordered the Chinese Sombrero Margarita. The few sips of the Chi Chi were my favorite, though, and will be my first choice next time I am there.

Service is good and everyone seems to know what they are doing, but you will have to order at the bar and bus your table. It is Portland, after all.

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


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