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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Happy Hour at Planter's House: A Dynamic Menu of Small Plates and Strong Drinks

Posted By on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Flatbread with pineapple, arugula, bacon and goat cheese. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • Flatbread with pineapple, arugula, bacon and goat cheese. | Photos by Mabel Suen

The Place: Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-6203)

The Hours: Happy hour is offered Friday through Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Deal: A selection of variable $5 food items, $3 beers and $5 cocktails.

A Hemingway daiquiri with Cana Brava rum, maraschino liquer, grapefruit, lime and dark simple syrup.
  • A Hemingway daiquiri with Cana Brava rum, maraschino liquer, grapefruit, lime and dark simple syrup.

The Scene: By now, most of us are acquainted with Planter's House, Ted Kilgore & Co.'s vintage dining saloon that RFT food critic Cheryl Baehr boils down to "cool digs, intellectually curious cocktails and an upscale bar menu that mirrors the creativity and finesse of the drinks."

Besides its epic duck burger, Kilgore gave refined drinkers and diners yet another reason to stop by earlier this spring: a new happy-hour menu to offer a small taste of the bar and kitchen's capabilities at a fraction of the regular price.

Hush puppies with housemade tarter sauce.
  • Hush puppies with housemade tarter sauce.

The Food: The happy-hour menu features five options: arancini, french fries, popovers, flatbreads and cookie sandwiches. Each item lacks a description so the kitchen can come up with items based on chef Bradley Hoffmann's whims each week.

And, of course, we'd be remiss to not mention the items on the opposite page that make up the lifeblood of the place: a selection of Kilgore's carefully crafted cocktails. Options the day we stopped in included "the Pointy End" made with vodka, orange-ginger cordial and lime as well as "Intimacy" made with Four Roses bourbon, Madeira, dry vermouth, creole syrup and burlesque bitters.

Did Planter's House make the grade? Find out on the next page.

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