Happy Hour

The Local in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

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The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Tuesday- Saturday from 4 until 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. until close.

The Interior: With a large lounge area, ample bar seating, and a decent-sized patio, there are plenty of options if you're looking to spend either happy hour or late night at The Local. Although the chef's table, which is a great place to watch the kitchen's inner workings, is by reservation only, you can still get a glimpse in regardless of where you're sitting. Overall, The Local goes for a casual vibe, though the drinks, dishes, and, truthfully, the prices might make you think twice before walking in wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

The Food: While there are quite a few options for munching that carry discounts, it's fair to warn that they're all a little pricier than you might be used to during happy hour with most options being in the $8 to $10 range. That being said, a lot of other places don't serve roasted bone marrow during happy hour either. Slider's du jour, a farmer's chop salad, and a unique Roman gnocchi dish are all up for grabs, but it's hard to not go for the crispy pig ear pad thai for $7. While on other visits the pad thai was rich, but balanced, and lightly sweet, this time this pig ears were a bit too crispy, making them hard to chew.

However, the $10 poutine plate was an immediate draw too. The fry-base was crunchy and well-seasoned. The cheese was melty, and the fried egg and meat on top were good too. But, without the traditional smathering of gravy, it just didn't feel like eating poutine, but rather, fries with random odds and ends put on top. Again, the components all had good flavor, just not exactly what we're looking for when we order poutine.

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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.
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