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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Happy Hour at SqWires: Ideal Summertime Sipping, Snacking and Relaxing

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Pork tacos.
  • Pork tacos.

The Verdict: Each dish we ordered came out with a flourish of colorful garnishes -- a sliver of red pepper here, fresh herbs sprinkled there and citrus wedges placed appropriately atop finished products. The kale chips benefited from a squeeze of fresh lemon, and while they were oily from their dip in the deep fryer, they served as a nice, crisp alternative to standard fried fare.

The loaded spuds graciously sated savory cravings. Each Russet wedge came topped with a slice of smoked brisket, melted cheddar and a dollop of creamy horseradish sauce. Pork tacos came topped with Napa cabbage slaw, cilantro and tomato salsa, served with a spicy Sriracha sour cream. Both the brisket and pork were a tad bit too tough to the touch, but the vibrantly flavorful components of each dish made up for it.

"Cucumber Cooler" cocktail.
  • "Cucumber Cooler" cocktail.

The "Cucumber Cooler" with Hendrick's gin, muddled cucumber, homegrown mint and simple syrup quenched our thirst with a refreshing edge. Other options deemed appropriate for the season include a "Lafayette Lemonade" with Blue Ribbon syrup and house-infused cherry bourbon or raspberry vodka; white sangria with peach, vanilla and strawberry; SqWires iced tea made with housemade sweet-tea syrup, fresh lemon juice and locally distilled oak-aged whiskey; and "Prosecco & Pear Punch" with pear juice, elderflower liqeur, grapefruit and Prosecco.

All in all, SqWires serves as an ideal summertime sip and snack spot. Pick a seat inside or out -- either way, you'll have a quaint, relaxing time.

In Lafayette Square.
  • In Lafayette Square.

The Rating: On a scale of one to five...


Previously on Happy Hour Handbook: - Layla - Five Star Burgers - Central Table Food Hall - Planter's House - Atomic Cowboy - Stella Blues - Triumph Grill - Lola - Basso - Blue Ocean Sushi - Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen - Gringo - Jax Cafe - Mile 277 Tap & Grill - Sandrina's - Mangia Italiano - Kirkwood Station Brewing Company - Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill

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