Happy Hour

Kitchen 56 in Arcadia: Happy Hour Report Card

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See also: Fried Banana Split at Kitchen 56

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

The Interior: The remodeled vintage gas station turned restaurant is the kind of neighborhood bar that becomes an instant favorite with indoor and outdoor seating, which are both bar accessible. Its clean, retro style is simple and unintimidating--the exact kind of atmosphere you'd hope for in a local joint. In its third year, Kitchen 56 is still going strong as a bastion of food, drink and relaxation in the community. Plus, we absolutely love the outdoor water feature on the patio.

The Food: Homemade salsa, spicy wings, fish and chips and an Asian-inspired sesame ginger salad are just some of the options available to happy hour diners, all priced at $5.56. The wings, which are coated in a spicy, tangy cilantro and garlic sauce, are as tasty as they are plentiful. The plate could be a meal in itself with about a dozen wings for under $6. The sesame ginger salad is flavorful and fresh, with crispy wonton strips and sesame seeds to add crunch. While the fish and chips comes in a generous portion, the super tender fried fish strips are less firm then we're used to in a fish fry, verging on floppy. Plus, the chips are just French fries, not the thick, wedge-cut potatoey chips that lend themselves to a generous slathering of malt vinegar that typically accompany fish.

While Kitchen 56 has a lot of different styles and influences in the dishes, the execution of it all isn't entirely successful. However, for $5.56 per item, you do get a sizable portion of tasty bar favorites that are well worth the low price tag.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
Contact: Heather Hoch