Happy Hours are for cheapskates (and, I suppose, also for meeting professional singles getting off work). Usually the Happy Hour (HH) food items are special concoctions of garbage purporting to uphold the quality of the general menu while crashing way short (Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, for instance…gag). Being cheap, myself, I can never resist falling for the trick. My favorites—or bests of the worsts—are Ronin (R.O.), Bigalora (R.O.), Kona Grill (Troy), Northern Lakes* (Troy), Roast (Detroit), and a couple others that just aren’t coming to mind.
*I’ve waited several months for our beloved ConeyWithEverything to write her Lakes update, but will probably soon need to give up and write one myself.
I now need to augment my HH list. 2Booli of Troy (Rochester at Big Beaver…intersection from hell at rush hour) has a quality deal, particularly for those who lean towards heavy eating over heavy drinking. Indeed, there are hardly any drink specials, but almost all the REGULAR appetizers are only $5 at HH, and they are good! Definitely order the Appetizer Trio (generous portions of hommous, baba ghannouj, tabbouli and fresh bread), normally $9.79, but $5 at HH. Meal in itself. Also on offer for $5 are Falafel with tomatoes/radishes/lettuce/tahini/turnips/bread, as well as Beef Grape Leaves, and also Fried Kibbee, etc..
2Booli has upper echelon ambiance for a M.E. place, notwithstanding its cringe-worthy name. Sure, some argue it is run by a food industry pro, rather than being family or artisan run, and that it is slightly “Americanized.” Still, many of the recipes are so simple that they would be hard to ruin as long as honest effort and fresh ingredients are used. Which, they truly are. The social scene is no Kona Grill (king meat market for aspiring suburban Detroit yuppies), but 2Booli’s food prices and healthfulness are very good.