Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy Hour at Cicero's: Pizza-Centric Appetizers, 50+ Discounted Draft Beers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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The designated dining area for happy hour.
  • The designated dining area for happy hour.

The Verdict: The pizza chips begin with the base of a few different options on the happy-hour menu: "Cicero's Famous Homemade pizza dough," fried in hot oil until crispy and brown around the edges. The chips we ordered came topped with marinara, black olives, tomatoes, green onion and mixed cheese cooked until bubbly. The dish seemed fine, but after a few bites it began to taste like slices of St. Louis-style pizza unceremoniously stacked on top of one another. The same chips come with the menu's dips as well as dressed down with a simple topping of Parmesan, garlic, parsley and a side of a marinara -- likely a tidier alternative than the pizza chips we ordered.

Breaded portabella mushroom wedges with marinara.
  • Breaded portabella mushroom wedges with marinara.

An order of breaded portabella mushroom wedges provided a nice alternative to the regular white button variety, albeit dripping with excess oil in each bite. A grilled salmon wrap proved a tad too juicy for a finger-food but came with an addictingly tangy, spicy dipping sauce.

All in all, the selections and execution here were pretty average. If a low-key spot to catch the game with some cheap brews and fried food is all you're after, Cicero's has that down pat.

Cicero's in the Delmar Loop.
  • Cicero's in the Delmar Loop.

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

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Previously on Happy Hour Handbook: - SqWires - 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

We're always looking for some more happy hour meal deals. E-mail the author at mabel.suen@riverfronttimes.co

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