Sometimes, after a rough week, you just want to tie one on. That was me last Friday and I decided to destroy a few brain cells. Wandering about town found me faced with a familiar dilemma – who’s open in the middle of the afternoon. I work six days a week but am relieved by one of my assistants at two several times a week. My preference is to be home with the family as M finishes work and Finn gets out of school so my prime ‘party’ time is from 3-6. Can-Can is a good place, as is Buddy’s, but I do like to try new places. Friday my wanderings found me in the Bottom so I parked and went in search of liquid refreshment.
First stop was ‘The Cocktail Capital of the World’. Bit of a bust. Jack was there doing prep work and he kinda threw me out. Kidding. Guess they don’t open till 4ish so I was a bit early. I always found prep work somewhat meditative. Folding a couple of hundred napkins or cutting a box of limes before the hordes hit the door help you get into a calmer state so when someone requests a strawberry daiquiri (‘made with fresh strawberries but could you please remove the seeds’….) you don’t stab them with a cocktail fork. I left Jack to find his zen and moved on.
‘On’ found me wandering into Halligan’s, a tiny fireman themed bar on the other side of the Farmer’s Market. Decent drinks, reasonable prices, nothing fancy. Often these ‘themed’ bars are just affectations. Not so here. Seems it is quite the hangout for the cities firefighters. So girls (and any interested boys) who have a fireman fetish, this would be the place to go. It’s not really my kind of place but the people were so friendly that I enjoyed myself and would probably wander back in.
While I was there the kitchen staff was expirementing with some possible new additions to their menu (I didn’t look at the menu so can’t share what they have). Of note would be the fried twinkie. They brought it out and set it on the bar. Everyone looked at it, daring someone else to take the first bite. Turned out not that bad. I did prove that after 25+ years as a smoker and 4 years as a non-smoker your tastebuds do return. Just a faint hint of fish flavour. One cook said he had just put in clean oil that morning but then another said he had fried some fish at lunch. The result was that if they add the fried twinkie to the menu they are going to get a Fry Daddy to cook them seperately.
I also noticed something interesting while enjoying my beverage there. The Farmer’s Market, not offically open on Fridays, did have a number of vendors there. The customers? All seemed to be wearing white chef’s jackets. Now if it’s good enough for them….
After taste testing at Halligan’s I returned to Jack’s and got what I had been really craving – Tanqueray 10 martini, up with a twist. Good stuff. We chatted for a bit and were soon joined by M and Finn. After a bit we decided some food was in order, bade Jack farewell and walked accross to LuLu’s. We had been once last February and it was not bad – except for the stroganoff. Guess it was time to see if they were firing on all cylinders.
M had the Meatloaf and I had the Beef Loin. Her’s was good, mine was excellent. The hanger cut of meat had been grilled and seasoned perfectly and the price was very reasonable. Both came with mashed potato (good) and a mushroom demi. The demi was reduced perfectly and the amount used allowed you to taste the food rather than drown it out.
Finn had the Lobster & Crab Fritters. I still can’t detect any trace of seafood in these but Finn likes them so – what the hell.
All in all a good afternoon/evening…. except for waking up at 2 with a hangover.
NOTE – If anyone has any good suggestions for afternoon hangouts – do share!