Thursday, August 04, 2016

Hale Pele

2733 NE Broadway Street
Happy Hour: 4 - 6 PM, daily

I love a good challenge. I always have. And this one doesn't have a time limit, so it's totally doable. (Plus it's not one of those "earn your own stool at the bar" beer drinking challenges, so I actually have a chance.) If you can get through every cocktail listed on the menu, you can join the official cool kids club at Hale Pele. No, you don't have to drink them all in one sitting. That would be ridiculous. There's a punch card. And only fifty-one drinks to punch off. Do that and you're in.

Eight of those drinks are listed on the happy hour menu. They ARE available all night, but why not save a little cash while working your way through the menu, right? From four to six--every single day of the week--you can enjoy one of their "lightly delightful" cocktails for just six bucks. And they've got discounts on food, too.

Whatever you do, don't start with the grilled Hawaiian Bread. It's too good. You'll fill up on one plate, order another, and then there won't be any room for cocktails...or other food. But do order one plate. Just treat it like dessert. It's that good.

Also very good, according to my happy hour collaborator, were the onion chips. They come served with all of the available sandwiches, appropriately referred to as "fun on a bun." She ate the Pork Sandwich and seemed to love every bite. It's listed at only $6, down from eight, during happy hour.

The sandwiches are all covered in meat, but they do have a number of vegetarian options on the menu. I had a hard time deciding, but with a little help from the bartender, went with the WeeBimBap. For only five bucks, I enjoyed a rice bowl with kimchi, wakame salad, pickled carrots and green papaya, fried tofu, and half a pickled egg. The fried tofu was my favorite part of the plate. Next time I will try the Basil Fried Rice. It comes with the same kimchi & I wouldn't mind paying the price to add a little tofu to that dish. It's only three bucks to add protein to the "fauna friendly fare" and they've got pork, chicken, and sausage to choose from, in addition to that tofu.

The food on the menu is all labeled quite well--in case you need something that is gluten free--and so are the cocktails. They've got a system down to help you differentiate between something "pleasantly punchy" or one that's going to do damage, referred to as the "KA-BOOM." It's also pretty obvious, when reading the descriptions OR just looking at the drawings, which drinks are meant for two and which might arrive in flames.

Happy Hour cocktails pictured above are the Rangoon Gimlet - a blended version with vodka, lime, demerara syrup and Angostura bitters, and the Passion Fruit Batida - passion fruit-infused Cachaca & rich coconut cream.

That's two drinks down and forty-nine to go. I'm not going to write about them all here, but follow us on Instagram and see how we do.

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


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