August 12, 2010
The revelation was inspired by BB's infant Friday Afternoon Club. From 4-6pm Fridays, draft pints like Black Horse Ale (by Red Hook), English Ales Fat Lip and Sierra Nevada are but $2. Local wines are $4. Well drinks run $3 and a nice lineup of appetizers—inferno hot wings, chili verde nachos, Monterey Bay calamari, etc.—are a 5 spot. Worthy burgers, a grilled Caesar chicken sandwich and barbecued tri-tip sandwich (each with fries) are $6.
Blue collar local lyricist Donald Carroll and I tried the honey mustard chicken strips ($5), a big basket of long, panko-breaded, thin-sliced chicken strips with twice-fried potatoes that stayed nice and hot.
The Texas chili potato skins ($5) didn't do it as much for us just because the beans in the chili deadened the flavor, the cheese wasn't melted and they were hard to eat. But the bacon was thick and crisp and the potatoes tasted fresh.
The real treat, then, was the underpopulated, oceanview patio and window-heavy bar-dining area. Whether there's a discount going on or not it makes for a great mid-Seaside/Marina/Salinas stop off for a scenic sipper and maybe a little play on the putting green.