Turn lunch hour into happy hour

08/13/2014 7:00 AM

08/13/2014 8:09 PM

We can’t all live that three-martini-lunch life, but sometimes a noontime break needs to go beyond leftovers at your desk.

A midday getaway, even for just an hour, can refresh your whole attitude. Maybe oysters and martinis the “Mad Men” way sounds far-fetched, but there are a handful of happy-hour lunches to help you ease through the workweek. And quench your grown-up thirsts, if you can get down like that.

The “you don’t have to hate Monday” happy hour

Cafe Trio understands the hardship of getting over the weekend, so on Mondays it gives customers the happy-hour treatment. All day.

You can get crab cakes, shrimp pizza and fried pickles for $5 to $7. (We don’t suggest the wings.) There’s also a selection of $5 martinis, including a stout citrus Stoli.

Stepping into the posh restaurant on Main Street just off the Plaza is very staycation-like. The patio is so sexy you just want to have date night during the work day. Plus they’ve got the Mac Daddy: mac and cheese, with bacon, green onion, tomatoes and bell pepper — the kind of good that makes you want to eat messy. And it’s only $5 for a half-order that easily feeds two people.

Happy hour is 11 a.m. to close on Monday and 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. CafeTriokc.com

The “business is pleasure” happy hour

Pierpont’s at Union Station has long been a favorite for business lunches, but the lounge menu is still king. Available every day of the week, the menu features martinis, crab cakes and oysters, too. Yep, you can eat like Don Draper and on a budget.

Seriously, it’s good eats on the cheap — we ate mussels, pork belly sliders and Parmesan fries with a lemon drop martini for $25. We can’t wait to try the steak and lamb bacon tacos. The lounge menu is available 11 a.m. to close Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Pierponts.com

The “quick and fast” happy hour

At Drunken Fish, happy hour is a lifestyle. Here you get three opportunities almost every day for deeply discounted drinks and sushi. At lunchtime you get one hour. Literally. From 11 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday, order up $5 cocktails and sushi a plenty.

My picks: The shrimp tempura roll is just $5, but you could kick it up a notch with the spider roll in all of its deep-fried, soft-shell-crab greatness ($7). For the adventurous, the white tiger roll ($9): calamari tempura, crab, avocado and masago, topped with white tuna, spicy mayo and eel sauce. If you like to keep it simple, stick to the basics with a $5 California roll and $3 edamame.

Happy hour is 11 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 p.m. to close daily. DrunkenFish.com

To reach Jeneé Osterheldt, call 816-234-4380 or send email to josterheldt@kcstar.com. “Like” her page on Facebook and never miss a column. On Twitter @jeneeinkc.

By the way

Last week we gave you a “Wizard of Oz” gift guide. We’ve found even more treats for Emerald City fanatics:

Kansas City’s own Helzberg Diamonds created a line of beads and charms to celebrate the 75th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.” The collection, $40-$70, includes Toto, the witch’s feet, the Tin Man’s heart and more. Get yours at stores or Helzberg.com.

Nail polish has become a serious fashion accessory, so naturally, there are options to celebrate the wonderful colors of “Oz.” Julep’s “Wizard of Oz” collection features four colors: Emerald City (a creamy, radiant green), Tin Man (holographic silver), Glinda the Good Witch (a frosty pink) and Ruby Slippers (glittery red). Get the set on sale for $30 at Julep.com.

Come September, fans finally have a chance to buy designer “Oz” dolls. In this collaboration between Warner Bros. and Tonner Doll Co. Inc., Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Herve Leger by Max Azria and more have created costumes inspired by Dorothy, Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West for haute couture dolls to be auctioned off in support of Habitat for Humanity. The dolls will debut during New York Fashion Week at the Fashion Institute of Technology on Sept. 4. For details, go to WizardOfOzDollAuction.com.


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