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Thirsty Monk Does Food Happy Hour!

March 10, 2010

Ever since I returned from a trip to Portland, Oregon, I have lamented Asheville’s lack of a food happy hour. In Portland, many of the high end restaurants offer small samplings of their menu for $3-$6, from 4-6pm weeknights.  The restaurants make a ton of money off of cocktail and wine sales, while the 20-somethings or others with lower income get to taste the gourmet food for a fun, snackable price.  When in Portland, I fully embraced this phenomenon, and bellied up to the Happy Hour tables every evening I could. 

Back in Asheville, I just know this would do wonders for upscale restaurants who may be struggling, because diners are spending more conservatively these days.  Finally, I’m not the only one who agrees.  The Thirsty Monk is now offering a food happy hour, week nights, from 4pm-6pm!  Oh Joy!   Last week I tried a soft-baked pretzel with mustard and a lamb slider, both $3 each!  I’m going back to try their $6 poutine (pomme frites with melted blue cheese and stout gravy).    So let’s all support Thirsty Monk’s brilliant new venture, in the hopes that more restaurants will try to lend us poor gourmets a helping hand.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Lew permalink
    March 10, 2010 1:07 pm

    Hear hear! The Thirsty Monk is AWESOME. I was there on Monday, and loved everything I tried (including the beer!)

    I had the olives and nuts ($3) the cheese plate ($6) the smoked trout quesadilla ($6 and incredible).

    Definitely check it out, guys!

  2. Kan permalink
    March 10, 2010 1:42 pm

    Love the new look! A fairly recent (January, maybe?) New Yorker had a hilarious article on Poutine…you must take a look!

  3. March 10, 2010 2:28 pm

    what an excellent idea!

  4. March 10, 2010 7:03 pm

    one positive side to “these economic times”…the chi-chi asheville restaurants can begin catering to the brokals (i just made up a word, see) like me who live here, not just the wealthy tourons!! yay thirsty monk (not a chi-chi place, of course) for starting this trend! please share any more tips on eating cheap with us, gg!

  5. March 14, 2010 3:25 am

    please share any more tips on eating cheap with us, gg!

  6. March 15, 2010 10:27 am

    Good to know! Will be heading over to Monk So to check it out!!

  7. May 7, 2011 6:26 pm

    Je me fais toujours un plaisir de vous lire et je trouve que cet article est attrayant. Merci encore !

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