Snookie's Bar and Grill: Getting Happy Could Be More Affordable, Now the Chicken Fried Steak...

Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.

Where: Snookie's Bar and Grill, 3604 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-521-1068

When: 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily, all day Wednesdays and from 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays.

What: $1 off "most everything," according to our server. Additionally, Wednesdays offer $1 Jell-O shots and $2.50 domestic drafts.

Why or why not: Despite taking $1 off for happy hour, pints at this local bar and grill were still a not-too-cheap $4 each. We would have been peeved--if it weren't for the chicken-fried steak.

It wasn't the best CFS we've ever had--gravy was lackluster, and there wasn't enough of it--but it was salty and crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and cost only $8.50. It probably tastes even better around closing time, as Snookie's keeps the kitchen going all the way until 2 a.m.

As for the bar scene, it's a varied crowd ranging from families getting a bite to eat to solo barflies watching the moderately sized TV screens. The jukebox is full of generic bar classic rock: The Eagles, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Elton John all made cameos during our recent visit. Perhaps most entertaining was the waitress, who seemed to have an inexhaustible supply of cute nicknames for us including "sweetie," "sugar booger" and a dozen variations on "honey," including "hun" and "honey bun." It would have been one thing if she were one of those gruff, no-nonsense veteran waitresses of a certain age, but this was a perky college-age blonde. It made us want to stick around for another round just to see if she'd run out and start repeating herself.

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