I’m a big fan of eating at home. Comparatively speaking, cooking for yourself is enormously cheaper. But there are situations where a person doesn’t have a choice. Whether you’re in a time crunch, running around town, or away on vacation, sometimes either the meal is at a restaurant, or you simply don’t eat. My wife and I were in just one of these situations as we were out of town this past weekend.
We stopped in the sports bar located inside our hotel for something to drink. Our server informed us that it was happy hour and recited the drink and appetizer specials that were offered for the next couple of hours. We each ordered a drink, deciding at the moment to pass on food. A little while later, a woman sitting at the table next to us asked if we wanted some pizza. She had ordered the happy hour appetizer pizza and could only eat a few pieces. Not being one to turn down anything free, we thanked her repeatedly for her generosity and moved the remaining pizza to our table.
The pizza was delicious.
I picked up the menu to see what the pizza cost. I was surprised to find that the 12 inch happy hour pizza was priced at $5, and the left over pizza we received was more than enough food for the two of us. While $5 may be more expensive than most make at home frozen pizzas, for a meal at a restaurant it was down right miserly.
The experience illustrated an interesting point: Happy hour specials can make for an inexpensive dinner out.
Happy Hour Timing
Happy hours usually coincide with when many people get off of work for the day, and head to a bar to socialize with friends. That also happens to be the dinner time. In an attempt to attract the happy hour crowd, bar and restaurants run happy hour specials on both drinks and food, usually appetizers.
That’s An Appetizer?
When you think of appetizer, you might think of onion rings, cheese curds, or nachos. But many appetizer menus also contain chicken wings, sliders, or pizza. The latter group sounds quite a bit like a meal.
I think we’ve had the fact that American eat way too large of food portions hammered into our brains over the years. An appetizer dish can easily be the amount of food that a person should be eating for a meal, many times even more. The pizza my wife and I shared is a perfect example. The woman that originally ordered it could only eat few pieces. My wife and I ate the rest. All three of us got our dinner from a single $5 pizza.
Maybe you’re eating out because of necessity, or maybe you just chose to take the night off from cooking. Finding a place with great happy hour specials can be just what the budget ordered.
Have you ever eaten happy hour appetizer specials for a meal? What was the best value you’ve found?