Cafe ZuZu: Happy Hour Report Card
The Hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
The Details: Labeled "Cool Redux" and printed on pretty cyan paper, the Cafe ZuZu happy hour features five appetizers for $5 (including Spinach Artichoke Dip, Mini Pork Shanks, and Prime Rib Dip). On the drink menu are six signature cocktails, four wines by the glass, and four beer specials, each for only $3. This $3 price-tag makes cocktails like the Hot 'N' Dirty and ZuZu Senorita a steal. (The Miller Light? Less so.)
We chose a table on the patio (after first checking in inside) to people-watch and ordered a glass of wine and a Pomegranate Fizz off the cocktails list. Made with Smirnoff vodka, pomegranate, and sparkling wine, this sweet and fizzy drink tastes a little like red sangria.
Passing by is a variety of men in shorts and sandals lingering on cellphones and women in pantsuits teetering on heels so high they could put their Renaissance counterparts' platform shoes to shame. The palm trees are rustling in the afternoon's cool breeze - a more than welcome relief from our sunny winter.
Still, in homage to the winter season we order the Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup (does this come with a blanket?) and the Petite Cheese Selection. It doesn't take long after they arrive for a nearby table to peer with hungry eyes and order the same thing.