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J Black's: Crazy or Quiet, Same Bar, Different Day

Each week, this blog will be highlighting a different restaurant happy hour food menu, keeping you informed of what deals there are out there. This week, we visit an uncannily quiet (which isn't exactly a bad thing) J. Black's.

Where: J. Black's 2409 N. Henderson Ave.

When: Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.

The Scene: Mondays and Tuesdays are practically empty. It's quite peaceful and can be kind of nice to have the whole place to oneself. HH crowds start picking up on Wednesday. Thursdays and Fridays are full blown J. Black's crazy-mode. It's enough to make you wish you came in to eat on the more relaxing Mondays or Tuesdays. The extra hour is nice, though. Most HH's usually end around 6:30-7p.m.

The Deal: There are nine items offered at half-off regular price during happy hour. They range from items like fried macaroni and cheese, calamari, smoked salmon crostini, and queso. There's also a couple of salads on the list, which is kind of a refreshing departure from the regular HH bar/fried fare.

The Steals: The Hummus. For $4.50, this thing is enormous and could feed eight people. This is not an exaggeration.

The Con: It would be nice if a couple of the pizzas were half off.

Eat: Pigs in a blanket are made with Niman Ranch hot dogs. Mmm...pig.

Skip: The bruschetta. Meh.

Lushworthy: Everything is a $1 off, but their list of specialty drinks is worth a glance.

The Bottom Line: A nice selection of eats at happy hour for quite a steal, but could include a couple of more items. Wednesdays-Fridays are for the party people, but Mondays and Tuesdays are for those who would like to take advantage of a cheap meal in a quiet bar.

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