El Chorro in Paradise Valley: Happy Hour Report Card
The Spot: El Chorro
Heather Hoch A shrimp cocktail for $17 during happy hour at El Chorro.
5550 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until close.
Heather Hoch Food, drink and a pleasant atmosphere-- so what's missing?
For being nearly 80 years old, El Chorro looks pretty darn good. The Southwestern archway leads to a tiled fountain and a large, open patio. On the inside, its rustic but classy décor easily could house any event you have in the works. Happy hour is offered exclusively in the bar in lounge area, but there's ample seating. The stage was set for a perfect drink and snack.
We're not going to sugarcoat this one -- El Chorro's happy hour menu is expensive. We were immediately drawn to the flash-fried lobster tail dish with remoulade and drawn butter. Unfortunately, it's market price the day we went was $48. $48? For a happy hour dish? You must be joking. Never have we ever seen happy hour fare so expensive -- but it is lobster. We moved along to other dishes.
The "farmers market vegetable bowl" is a bowl of uncooked broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, tomatoes, radishes, and olives on ice (which made the veggies waterlogged, not crisp) for $7. We don't know what farmers market the chef attends, but all the ones we hit up certainly have more interesting options than the standard veggies we received. Plus the accompanying hummus and poblano ranch dip were so bland that they weren't even worth the dip.
Heather Hoch Schreiner's can take the credit for the quality of the sausage on this dish.
We also tried the shrimp cocktail ($18) and the trio Schriener's sausage platter ($11). Both had small portions, high prices, and no flavor to speak of. We are not impressed El Chorro.