Happy Hour

The Upton: Happy Hour Report Card

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See also: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour: Happy Hour Report Card

Our server seemed bothered by our presence and tried to rush us out even though there were plenty of open tables both inside and outside -- and we were still well within the restaurant's set happy hour. A different server did bring over a purse stool, which was a nice gesture, about ten minutes before we left. The space sure is pretty, though.

The Food: To cut right to the chase, the food prices during The Upton's happy hour are offensive. After reading through the choices, it seemed like there were plenty of appetizing small plate options to choose from. But when we asked our server about them he said the $4 steamed buns (please note the 's') appetizer came with just one bun and the $6 imported cheese plate came with just one two ounce piece of cheese.

We ended up choosing two steamed buns (a total of $8), which we embarrassingly struggled to split between four people, the Italian burrata ($8) with roasted pepper, olive relish, and fig bread, and the crispy cauliflower ($5) with chimichurri and lemon. The flavors of the steamed buns and the cauliflower were interesting and delicious, but no one could muster the courage to finish the burrata plate. The cheese, peppers, and fig bread worked well together, but the tart, salty, and somewhat bitter olive relish threw everything off.

In the restaurant's defense, we did go against our server's recommendation of ordering the pork pibil tacos. Maybe they were better.

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