Happy Hour

Sumo Maya Mexican-Asian Kitchen: Happy Hour Report Card

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And they'll have plenty of time to decide while you wait for a spot around the bar to open up. While we can understand wanting to limit happy hour only to the bar area, we think Sumo Maya could afford to give a few more tables over to the social hour cause.

The place is huge, and there were plenty of open tables even closing in on 6 p.m. on a Friday. But the bar remained full throughout our experience, with a constant crowd lingering around, hoping to nab a bar stool as soon as one opened up.

Despite the crowding issue, the bartenders handled the situation well, though they did seem a little stressed and understandably short with customers.

The Food: Sumo Maya's happy hour food selection is split into four categories, $3, $5, and $7 choices and then tacos at any 2 for $3, any 3 for $5, or 4 for $7. Each section showcases the restaurant's signature mix of Asian and Mexican influence.

The $3 charred edamame was a light but interesting starter, with the combination of deep smokiness from the charring and brightness from an abundance of citrus. The soy beans seemed a little too tart until we dipped them in the creamy miso butter, which perfectly balanced everything out. Even though it was the simplest and cheapest of our happy hour choices, it was the favorite.

Next time, we'd skip the negihama yellowtail roll ($7) and maybe try one of the handrolls instead. While the yellowtail was fresh and flavorful, there were no green onions in our sushi. Or, if there were, they were so scarce we didn't notice them. We're not sure which is worse.

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