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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Hour at Modesto: Bite-Sized Tapas Bliss and Sippable Sangria

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Tortilla espanola, potato omelette with aioli and capers. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • Tortilla espanola, potato omelette with aioli and capers. | Photos by Mabel Suen

The Place: Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant (5257 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8272)

The Hours: Happy hour is offered Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. -- the specials extend through the rest of the night on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Deal: Bite-size appetizers that range from 75 cents to $2.50 each. A glass of the wine of the day for $6, any draft beer or sampler of three for $4, a Spanish bottled beer for $5, a glass of sangria of the day for $6, a glass of red sangria for $5 and a red-sangria pitcher for $16.

The bar.
  • The bar.

The Scene: Located in the Hill neighborhood, Modesto seems unassuming from the outside. Once greeted by a hostess at the entrance, however, visitors get wrapped in the warmth emanating from the foyer's bar and dining room -- a color palette of brick and bright reds, browns and oranges speak to its Spanish roots. This section is where patrons can grab a seat at a pub table or at the bar to partake in the happy-hour selection.

Cameron y Huevo, grilled shrimp with hard-boiled egg and lobster-cream sauce.
  • Cameron y Huevo, grilled shrimp with hard-boiled egg and lobster-cream sauce.

The Food: A placard with pintos especiales, or special snacks, awaits on each table featuring fifteen different items to choose from: fried garlic with aioli, smoked salmon, grilled pork with quince, almond-stuffed olives, chorizo-stuffed artichoke, grilled shrimp, fried chicken thigh, fried goat cheese, a potato omelette, roasted beef and manchego, fried chocolate cake, small bowls of spiced almonds and more.

Did Modesto make the grade? Find out on the next page.

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