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Cornish Pasty Co. in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

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The Spot: Cornish Pasty Co. 3800 North Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale 480-945-1220 www.cornishpastyco.com

See Also: Cornish Pasty Co. Readies for Scottsdale Opening; Las Vegas and Phoenix Locations Next

The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 3 until 6 p.m.

The Interior: Joining the Tempe and Mesa locations, Cornish Pasty Co. opened off Goldwater Boulevard just south of Indian School Road late last year. Although the restaurant manages to stay true to its dark, cave-like pub roots, the converted house is still inviting to the typical Old Town Scottsdale crowd. The outdoor bar and indoor bench seating give ample options to drinkers and diners and tend to fill up around dinner time. However, you'll easily find a place to sit during happy hour.

The Food: Cornish Pasty Co. doesn't offer discounts on food during happy hour. Pasties run from $8 to $10 with appetizers under $7. Spicy tandoori wings ($6.50) with a creamy, tangy yogurt sauce hit the spot between pints. If you're looking for some classic British fare, the Scotch egg, which is a deep-fried breaded hard-boiled egg with an outer layer of sausage, will satisfy any anglophile. However, the $5 price tag might seem a little steep when you realize you only get one egg quartered.

The real winner off Cornish Pasty Co.'s appetizer list is the homemade chicken liver pate. The smooth, herby spread is accompanied by butter, pickled onions and thick (sometimes hard to bite through) crostini. Or you can just skip the appetizers entirely and shell out $9 for a Royale with Cheese pasty because the appetizers aren't cheaper anyway and pasties really are the reason to go.

The Drink: $1 off drafts is the name of the game during Cornish Pasty Co.'s happy hour. With an impressive tap list featuring a range of international, local and seasonal craft beers, it's a beer lover's dream. With three size options going all the way up to 32 ounce, you can have as much or as little as you'd like in your glass. We're partial to the 20 ounce Franziskaner hefeweizen, which is only $4 during happy hour and 4 ounces more than a traditional pint.

The Conclusion: In terms of food, atmosphere and beer selection, the new Cornish Pasty Co. in Scottsdale is a great spot to hit up any time. However, you unfortunately can't expect to get discounts on food or specialty cocktails. While we were happy with everything we ordered and our overall experience, we had to mark the joint off for the slim offerings. This is the kind of place you should go for dinner or a cheaper beer during happy hour, but not for a full happy hour experience.

Grade: B-

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