Quarter Bar.

I have finally figured out why it’s called Quarter Bar … it’s not named after the French Quarter (as much as they’ll try to convince you that’s the reason) but because of the quarter life crises inspiring bad decisions with the help of low lighting.  …Sadly, the many nights/evenings of bad decisions couldn’t be from the drinks because they aren’t very strong.

I do recommend Quarter if you’re looking for a laid back, chill location for a happy hour; but make sure it’s on a Wednesday because the food is half price and tastes a lot better than the drinks.

For my money:  Quarter Bar is better only to be seen after 10 p.m. … but even then it’s more to see the people.

The Quarter Bar 
www.breadwinnerscafe.com
3301 McKinney Ave. Dallas, TX 75204 
(214) 754-4941

Specials:

Monday-Friday | 4-7 p.m. | $2 wells and domestics

Monday | 1/2 price pizza, $1 PBR
Tuesday | $2 select drafts, $2 frozen drinks 
Wednesday | til 10 p.m. | 1/2 price bar food 
Thursday | til 10 p.m. | $2 well and domestics 
Saturday | 12-6 p.m. | $4 select drafts

Nick & Sam’s Grill

I had high hopes for Nick & Sam’s Grill when I woke up Sunday morning; I went for a jog, did my laundry, and even took it easy Saturday night so I could enjoy my experience to the fullest and really sate my gluttony … and I’m so glad I did.

Upon walking into the modernly decorated restaurant (formerly Strong’s), we saw many familiar faces that were already seated enjoying the food and drink (and some beautiful faces I didn’t know but would have liked to!) – they recommended the omelette station (apparently it was the first day they had it available).  It was a perfectly sunny day, ideal for enjoying a brunch on the patio.  The beautifully-mixed blood orange (bottomless) mimosa hit the spot while waiting for our table.

Once seated, Olivia and I ordered our choices with much difficulty – everything on the menu sounded fantastic – and noshed on the sticky breads, pain au chocolate, and croissants while sipping our mimosas.  The wait staff was on top of things to say the least.  They eagerly stood by to fill our glasses back to the top and were quick to offer advice or a funny remark.  I ordered a spicy bloody mary to accompany my meal and it was delightful – honestly the best I’ve had in Dallas.

Our food was out in a snap: Asian chicken salad, breakfast quesadilla, and the best grilled cheese and tomato soup I’ve had in ages – I definitely recommend!  This was not your mama’s grilled cheese; the secret ingredient: pear.  Brilliant.  The bloody mary was the perfect complement to the sandwich.

The meal was a delight and I strongly recommend visiting … just make sure your stomach and the night ahead of you are empty!

Nick & Sam’s Grill
2816 Fairmount St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 303-1880

Specials:
Tuesday – Friday | free appetizers at the bar (while there are no drink specials, they make up for it with other perks!)
Saturday & Sunday | bottomless mimosas $6

Updates.

I just wanted to give a shout out to all the people who have helped me do my reviews so far!  You have all been incredibly helpful and the company doesn’t hurt.

Last night I ran into a reader who said they went to that bar because of my review … love it.  Anytime you can work it in, mention me!  Maybe we can get to a point where some specials are only available through my blog — it’s win/win!

This morning I was looking at the places where my traffic is coming from …most of my traffic has come from the US (what a shock!); however, I was quite surprised to find the following:

Japan – 1 visit
Germany – 1 visit
Chile – 1 visit
Canada – 1 visit
Belgium – 4 visits!
Brazil – 7 visits!!!

I’d really be interested to know why people in these countries have been reading my blog about happy hours in DALLAS, TX, USA!!!  So – if any of you are reading this, I would love to come do a review in your country … simply pay for me to get there.

Once again, thanks to everyone who has contributed — stay tuned for some fun, new reviews next week.

vodka and kisses – Susie

Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen (closed)

 

We all know that Kent Rathbun can cook … little did we know the man who defeated Bobby Flay on “Iron Chef” is also a master of mixology behind the bar.

After sloshing through the rain, walking through the rotating doors into Blue Plate was like walking into a (classy) cabin – I almost expected to see a crackling fire and hear a triangle beckoning me for dinner.  The sidways rain outside begged a drink and our bartender, Autumn, served them up with a smile.

I had a Raspberrytini, Passionate Kiss, and the Rip Tide (Autumn’s creation).  All three were fantastic (and not only because of the price tag) and the various wines ordered around the table were enjoyed, nay, savored.  Special commendation should be offered for the Dirty Blue Martinis, a martini with bleu cheese stuffed olives (sadly, I am allergic to blue cheese so can’t give my personal opinion on this drink).

We ordered appetizers, chowed down on the bread basket, and sipped our cocktails without realizing 3-1/2 hours slipped by.  Nine o’clock on a Friday night cut our night short but we enjoyed every second in Kent Rathbun’s world … even though the plates weren’t blue.

Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen
6130 Luther Ln | (214) 890-1103
www.kentrathbun.com/blueplate/dallas | @chef911

Specials:
11am – 6pm | half off $8 wine selections by the glass
11am – 6pm, 9pm – 11pm | specialty cocktails $5, traditional cocktails $4

Gloria’s … glorious.

After a long day of swimming at J Pepe’s, I needed something with fruit, ice, and more fruit.  My pool buddy, Matt, and I walked over to Gloria’s and sidled up to the bar.  The attactive bartender snappily brought our drinks, sangria for me and the usual Crown and soda for my friend.  The drinks were strong enough to make it worth dragging our tired bones across the street.

Gloria’s is perfect for a few drinks before a concert at the Granada, date night, or a chill drink at the end of a long summer day.  The sangria has fresh fruit chopped small enough to suck through the straw and avoid awkwardly fishing out the fruit with a spoon.

The best thing about Gloria’s????  Not having to remember when or what day has what special with what purchase.  It’s as simple as this:  Sunday – Thursday, all day, same price.  Another reason Gloria’s is … glorious.

Gloria’s Greenville Ave
3715 Greenville Ave. | Dallas, TX 75206 
www.gloriasrestaurants.com
(214) 874-0088

Specials:  ALL DAY SUNDAY-THURSDAY
House Margaritas $3.00 
House Wines  $5.00 
Domestic Beers  $3.00 
Imported Beer  $3.50 
Mango Margaritas  $5.00 
Swirls  $4.00 
Strawberry Margaritas  $5.00 
Meltdowns  $5.00 
Mojitos  $3.00 
Sangria  $3.00

susie knows all things boozy in dallas …