You rarely ever hear the words "Union Square" and "one dollar" in the same sentence. So when I heard of E&O Asian Kitchen's $1 happy hour, I had to check it out.
On a late afternoon, I entered low-lit bar and restaurant near the Stockton Tunnel with woven seating and small booths that divide the space. I pulled up a seat at the nearly empty bar as Neo soul played and I was kindly greeted by the bartender who immediately shook up my Sutter Punch ($6).
The punch was a nice afternoon rum refresher, especially knowing that the Indian Summer was still alive and well outside. The combination of lime and pineapple gum create a slightly sour, candy exclamation that lingers well after the sip. The sort of sugary satisfaction you find when sucking really hard on a Jolly Rancher.
For the semi-upscale setting, their happy hour menu prices are almost unheard of.
The Sweet Corn Indonesian Fritters ($3.50) dredged in curry spices, flour and egg had just the right crunch and pop. The accompanying sweet chili soy sauce is a salty, smoky dip that's a cross between barbeque sauce and teriyaki.
Butternut Squash Dumplings ($1 a piece) in an orange curry were a bit of a letdown. The wrapper stuck to the roof of my mouth and my tongue, making it hard to differentiate the taste and texture of the soft butternut mash.
My stop was highlighted with a couple of oysters. The Rocky Points from Washington were sweet and meaty, served with a kimchi cocktail sauce. For a buck apiece, I extended my stay longer into the afternoon.
Happy hour runs 3-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
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