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Friday, April 4, 2014

Planter's House Debuts Happy Hour Menu

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Co-owner and master mixologist Ted Kilgore behind the bar. | Jennifer Silverberg
  • Co-owner and master mixologist Ted Kilgore behind the bar. | Jennifer Silverberg

The cocktails at Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-6203) are like works of art. Intellectually curious, we called them. Unfortunately, at upward of $10 apiece, we can't all afford to be curious. Starting today, you can get a selection of drinks and small plates at Planter's House for just $5.

See also: Planter's House is built on a foundation of mixology magic

The menu will have five rotating cocktails for $5 each, with a few beers for $3 each. There will also be five small plates for $5 each. The cocktail list has a few classics, like an Earl Grey martini, a Brown Derby (rum, lime juice, maple sugar) and a Queen's Park Swizzle (rum, simple syrup, mint, bitters). There are a few house originals on the list, too -- the Pointy End, a riff on the classic gimlet ("Because a gimlet is a sharp tool," Kilgore says) or the Golden Days, a tequila drink.

For food, munch on arancini with balsamic gastrique; french fries with housemade ketchup; popovers filled with pork, cheddar and apple butter; or flatbread topped with a spicy red sauce, mushrooms and spinach. You can also get small doughnuts with powdered sugar. Yum.

"We've been planning on doing something for a while in that time slot," Kilgore says, "but we also want to help build out afternoon business."

The happy-hour menu will be available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

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