Monday, October 31, 2011

The Dad's Night Out

As I mentioned yesterday, it was The Dad's birthday.  Pocket fours, as he referred to it.  My sister and brother-in-law said they'd take care of making plans, so we were just along for the ride.  They arranged for my mom to watch the kids, so we dropped them off around 3:00 and headed out.  We met up at a restaurant for happy hour.  They had an hour wait, so we went next door to an oyster bar to start.

The boys got cocktails and oyster shooters.

Because of my lack of a car (still) and legal ID (wow, that makes me sound like a loser), I didn't think I'd have much luck in a liquor store, so I had my brother-in-law pick up a bottle of something fun from me to The Dad.
He brought it to the restaurant wrapped.
This is what he picked and the note he had attached to it.

I'm pretty excited to taste it though.
Cucumber and vanilla?  Yum!

 From there, it was back to the restaurant for some more drinks and happy hour food.
If you're in my neck of the woods, the restaurant is called Tasty and Sons and it was GOOD.
We'll definitely go back.
Plus, happy hour early on a Sunday?!  Can't beat that.
They own Toro Bravo as well, also amazingly good food.

These peanuts were on the table and they were super yummy.

Look at this Bloody Mary!

For food, we ordered a little bit of everything and shared.
They had one of my favorite things in the world.
Almond stuffed dates, wrapped in bacon and drizzled with a maple glaze.
I could have eaten 40.

Fries and, according to the menu, Damn Good Chicken Strips.
They were damn good and the garlicky sauce that came with them was amazing.

Hush Puppies with a side of really good butter.

A delicious burger.

Fried cauliflower with a red pepper sauce.

Sauteed spinach with an egg on top.
They have this dish at Toro Bravo as well.
I don't do eggs, but whatever they do to the spinach is soooo flippin' good.

On top of happy hour food, they have happy hour beer.
One dollar people.  
One dollar.

A couple shots of my sis and her hub with The Dad.

And, as usual, I had my brother-in-law take a solid 10 pictures of The Dad and I, KNOWING that I suck and I'd be lucky to get one good one.
Well, "good" is relative in my case.
These are the two that didn't go to the burn pile.
I'm telling you, it's a disease.

And another shot of the bro-in-law.....paying the bill. 
Woot Woot.
Thanks for dinner guys!

From there, the boys stopped in for another oyster shooter and then it was off to Pix, a dessert bar.
We had a mug full of molten chocolate goodness and a plate of mini goodies that my sister picked out.

All good, but ya see those macarons?
Salted caramel heaven.

Another shooter for the boys and then off to pick up the kidlets.
And it was only 7:00!
I'm tellin' ya, that early happy hour is a parent's dream.

Thanks Holly and Sherwin for a fun birthday out for The Dad.
And me.  :o)
Can't wait for mine!


  1. That looks so good! And $1 Beer - yes, please!

  2. Ha, I love it that you took pictures of all the food! The picture of you and your husband looks great. Looks like ya'll had fun. It might have been The Dad's birthday but The Mom needed a night out...esp. after your accident and party planning, huh?

  3. Sounds like a fabulous night out. The food makes me want some right now (kind of makes the bread with cream cheese and jam that I just had seem kinda lame)

  4. Now I'm hungry! What a delicious birthday!


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