The Place: Layla (4317 Manchester Avenue; 314-553-9252)
The Hours: Happy hour is offered daily from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Deal: $3 select appetizers, $3 featured drafts, $3 well drinks, $5 wine by the glass.
The Scene: In the midst of a recent menu update, Layla's concept currently features Middle Eastern fusion. The interior reflects this eclecticism with bright red walls accentuated with a colorful chalk menu and psychedelic pop-culture portraits hung around the seating areas. On an early weeknight evening, we practically had the restaurant to ourselves and settled into a table in the back of the primary dining room.
The Food: Layla's happy hour doesn't have a separate menu, so ask your friendly server for the specials -- ours informed us that happy hour typically featured around two or three appetizers each day, depending on the kitchen's whim. Available options could include hummus, wings, "batatas" and falafel fries. Despite the menu only offering a few varieties of wings as the happy-hour selection that evening, we sampled some more dishes for the sake of evaluation.
Did Layla make the grade? Find out on the next page.
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