Monday Menu: Happy Hours and Upscale Thai Edition | Cocks

With the advent of Advent, the holiday season is officially upon us. With this comes the opportunity to meet up with old friends and chat a little while having a drink. This also means it’s a great time to look for a good happy hour, and two restaurants have announced great new food and drink specials just in time for a little socializing.


The first comes from Black Tap Burgers and Bar, the popular new downtown beefateria at 140 Third Ave. N. Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 7pm, chefs can find real bargains. On the drinks side, all beers are $5, wine by the glass is $6, and cocktails are just $8. They are also offering two cold specials with a frozen cosmo for $8 and an alcoholic bushwacker for $12.

Cheap snacks include chili nachos with queso, pico and avocado crema for $8, hot fried chicken skins for the same price and a chopped prime beef and cheese sandwich for $12. On select nights, Black Tap will feature live music on stage during happy hour and discounted parking for 90 minutes at 210 Commerce Garage.








In Germantown, Henriquered ietta takes the term “happy hour” a little more literally, with specials from 5pm to 6pm every day except Mondays, when they are closed all day. Early birds in the bar room will benefit from “chef-selected” oysters for $2, cava and roses for $7, draft beers for $6 and a cocktail menu for $10, including Vespers, Margaritas, Old Fashioneds, Gold Rushes and Daiquiris.

Henrietta Red has also revived the bar’s snacks program with specials of fish and chips, sweet potato fries, shrimp cocktails and smoked fish rillettes. So get there early and enjoy fantastic drinks and snacks.








Khan Toke

Finally, chef Arnold Myint is back for round two of his Khan Take Supper Club series in International market on Sunday, December 10, sponsored by Pellegrino. Khan Toke is a regional cuisine from Northern Thailand where specialty dishes are served family style, and Myint is replicating the experience so you don’t even have to choose from the menu at this $110 feast. (Drinks and tips not included.)

Most of the menu is not commonly seen on American Thai menus, or even in native restaurants outside of the northern region. So it’s probably best that Myint has set the menu for you, and because of the family-style format, you won’t be able to make substitutions. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

Among the planned dishes are first courses of Burmese tomato sauce, prawn crackers with pork rinse and sticky rice, and nam prik narok, chilli crumble, chives and fish sauce. The second salvo will include salmon crudo, Thai toast and pork sausage. The third dish is interesting, a dish called Kaeng Jeud Tofu, or “bland soup”. I’m sure Myint will find a way to improve it a little and make something spectacular with daikon, Napa cabbage, and pickled cabbage in ginger broth.

Meats take center stage in the fourth course with a dish of smoked duck and “trout of three flavors” accompanied by a peanut stew with kabocha pumpkin, heirloom potatoes and makrut lime, as well as Chinese broccoli with soy paste and garlic in preserves. The sweet final dish features poached bananas with cardamom coconut cream and coconut ice cream accompanied by a lotus flower cookie.

If this sounds like the kind of experience you’re most excited about, make your reservation for a specific seat between 5pm and 8:30pm on Sunday at the event website. Reserve a place for me!

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