Happy Hour is a fine way to spend a time with friends. Drinks are less expensive (so maybe you can have one more.) Lower priced menu items allow for sampling different dishes as well as old favorites.
Fox Restaurant Concepts, Happy Hour brings in more people both newcomers and regulars all seeking a good time after work or just for the hell of it.
In Tucson, two Fox Restaurant Concepts – North Italia and Blanco Tacos & Tequila – have great Happy Hours. Located at La Encantada Shopping Center, these two restaurants are just steps away from each other so if one is so inclined, you could do both in one afternoon.
At North – one of my favorite restaurants in Tucson – Happy Hour runs from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and all day Sunday (bottles of wine are half-priced in Sundays).
During Happy Hour all beers are $4, as are glasses or red and white wine or sangria (also red or white).
Eats are also priced to nosh. Zucca chips, lovely little rounds of zucchini that are breaded and fried, are a mere $3. Bruschetta and the pizza of the day are $8 and the astoundingly varied Chef’s Board is $10.
But the best deal is the Bottle & Board, where you get a bottle of red or white wine (whatever is the wine of the house that day) and your choice of the bruschetta, pizza of the day or the chef’s board.
Any pizza at North will satisfy, but my preference is the chef’s board.
Laden with prosciutto di parma, artisan cheeses (parmesan or another hard cheese and house made buratta), marinated eggplant (or another seasonal vegetable), roasted peppers, house made mostarda (a sweet and savory spread) Castelvetrano olives, marcona almonds and toasted ciabatta this board is a feast for the eye and the palate.
At Blanco, just around the corner, you can find an assortment of tacos priced at $3 each. Tortas – Mexican sandwiches served on special soft buns – can be found with chicken, bbq pork, machaca beef or my favorite, a shrimp po’boy are only a dollar more. Also on the menu are a simple salad, nachos, quesadillas, dips, and churros at $3 a pop.
Drinks include shandies and micheladas ($5). Sangria ($40, wine ($5), Mexican beers ($3) and of course an assortment of Margaritas ($5) (ask about the Margarita of the Month).
The views at both places are stunning and if you’re lucky you can watch a summer monsoon storm race across the valley or a stunning sunset in the winter.