Happy Hour at Joe Fortes

I’ve covered Joe Fortes previously for their weekday Blue Plate specials for $9.95, but now, they’ve come up with something fun for after work too! Daily from 4-6 in their bar area, it’s Happy Hour! Featuring $5 glasses of wine (Jackson Triggs, I think), Buck a Shuck oysters and 50% off on all appies! The menu items are a good blend of raw (oysters and carpaccio), cooked (tempura and fried oysters) and carbs (yam fries and chips).

Oysters are $1 each, so feel free to start with a dozen. These are shucked to order and served with a seafood cocktail sauce and freshly grated horseradish. Add a squirt of lemon, mix some Tabasco right into the cocktail sauce and you’re set!

Another great deal is their Jumbo Tiger Prawn Cocktail, with three large prawns with more cocktail sauce and a bit of endive. I wouldn’t say these are so massive as to require a knife and fork but at half price, these are well worth it.

The other raw appy I tried was Beef Carpaccio. Thinly shaved beef with a bit of buttery soft roasted garlic, some few squirts of grainy mustard and some greens. For added saltiness, there are some slices of grana padano cut just a touch too thick for my taste. Oh, and do you see the crispy capers sprinkled the dish too. Be sure to get the bread basket and you’re a happy camper.

Next is their Cheeseburger Sliders. Little mini patties topped with cheddar, a few thin slivers of pickles and a spoonful of coleslaw. The bun was soft and very compressible, a trait I prefer with sliders.

In a variation of the Prawn Cocktail, they have Tempura Prawns. Also served in threes, these are gently battered and comes with a mild spicy mayo. The crunch from the batter was good, and not too oily.

And if you thought that the batter was padding the size of the prawn, wonder no longer. This ain’t your average popcorn shrimp!

So we’ve had raw oysters but we decided to try the Fried Oysters. The batter for the oysters are different than the Prawn Tempura, this batter seemed to be made with panko crumbs, or something just as light. The oysters were juicy on the inside, once you get past the phenomenal crispy outside. The bottoms got a bit soggy since they were served on a bed of tartar sauce but maybe asking for the “sauce on the side” would resolve that. Taking into account the 50% off, none of the dishes see here are over $8, other than the oysters of course. Makes it easy to wash down with those $5 glasses of wine, doesn’t it?
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Written By: Grace Cheung (@gracecheung604www.gracecheung604.com