Cork: Happy Hour Report Card
The Spot: Cork, 4991 S. Alma School Road, Suite 1, Chandler
This heaping platter of Crispy Onion Rings, served with a sweet housemade truffle ketchup, is just $5 during Cork's new happy hour.
Hours: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
The Details: There's nothing average about the four-star restaurant's new happy hour. It's an extensive, mouthwatering menu unto itself, beginning with $5 snacks like the duck fat French fries and gazpacho, and moving into smaller entrees like the Chef Burger, seared yellowfin tuna, and Mediterranean mussels (each $8). As if this wasn't enough, there are two mini desserts offered for $3 a piece: mini creme brulee and sweet potato cake.
On the drinks side, Cork offers a handful of $3 champagne cocktails (but good luck getting a bellini the week after Mother's Day -- our server said they were lucky to have any champagne left at all); $4 cocktails like the true-to-its-name cantaloupe martini; and $4 house glasses of chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon.
The happy hour is always available in the bar and lounge area, but if there's space available they will be happy to seat you at a table or booth. Get to Cork soon, though; the restaurant is closing its doors in July for summer cleaning.
|Cork's fried chicken (with mashed potatoes, haricot vert, and giblet gravy) is just $8 during happy hour.|
The Interior: Tucked at the back of one of the palm-tree-lined shopping centers in the still-shiny sprawl of (very) south Chandler, Cork has a light and airy space, with high ceilings and a chic color scheme of teals and tans with copper accents. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a view of the patio space, with an outdoor fireplace, rows of neatly trimmed greenery, and a trickling fountain. As you would expect for a four-star restaurant, it's elegant, clean, and comfortable -- like a cool oasis to slip away to after a long, hot day.
The Cost: Turn this happy hour into dinner for two -- with two cocktails, two snacks, two entrees, and one dessert -- for $35 before tip and tax.