Go Fish

Written by Wynter Holden Category: Happy Hour Issue: June 2015
Group Mid-Level
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Fall hook, line and sinker for ocean-fresh appetizers and breezy cocktails at these Valley seafood restaurants

High Tide Seafood Bar & Grill
2540 S. Val Vista Dr., Gilbert
480-821-9950, hightideseafoodbar.com
Gilbert may be hours from the ocean, but it’s easy to feel like you’re at sea inside High Tide. Weathered plank walls and a giant U-shaped bar dominate the space, with turquoise accents to complete the seaside look. Give in to pier pressure with $4 house wine and wells, the perfect complements for refined starters like crab cakes ($9) and steamed black mussels with tarragon butter ($10). Cocktails are $2 off, and worthy of pairing with everything from upscale lobster macaroni and cheese ($11) to crisp, seasoned chicken wings ($9). For the hopping crowds, High Tide rolls in with $2.50 domestics, $3.50 16 oz. craft brews and clams served in garlic-lemon beer broth ($10). 3-6:30 p.m. daily.

photo by Blake Bonillas; High Tide Seafood Bar & Grill
photo by Blake Bonillas; High Tide Seafood Bar & Grill

Nori Sushi & Asian Kitchen
Desert Ridge Marketplace
21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix
480-515-9777, noriaz.com
Japanese design focuses on the beauty of nature, so it’s only natural that carved wood doors and moss green walls welcome guests to Nori. The sleek, contemporary space with its dual counter bars is a serene and tranquil setting to wind down on a weekday with $2 edamame and $3 gyoza paired with a large Asahi or Sapporo Asian brew. Look for $5 wells and $4 glasses of featured house wine. Cocktails are $2 off during happy hour; while you’ll have to drink your sake straight ($2 for a small hot sake), there are plenty of fruity vodka-based libations like the blackberry sour and watermelon martini to perk up traditional offerings such as chicken yakitori ($4), seaweed salad ($3) or a $6 Las Vegas roll. Finish with a 16 oz. draft ($3) and a couple of spicy salmon rolls ($4) or the vegetarian-friendly sweet chili tofu ($3). 3-6 p.m. M-F.

photo by Blake Bonillas; Nori Sushi & Asian Kitchen
photo by Blake Bonillas; Nori Sushi & Asian Kitchen

Angry Crab Shack
2808 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
602-956-3088, angrycrabshack.com
Angry Crab brings the tradition of a Louziana crab boil to Phoenix, where throngs of locals huddle around tables covered in butcher paper, cracking crawfish and peeling spicy shrimp with nothing but bare hands and a smile. Even the “art” here is a community experience – waits can be long, so customers are invited to grab a marker and graffiti the wood plank walls until seated. Happy hour brings $5 appetizers that don’t require a bib, from barbecue pork sliders to calamari platters and classic shrimp cocktail. Grab a $4 craft draft to accompany the eatery’s signature Angry wings, or chow down on pork-smothered kettle chips with a $3 bottled brew or glass of house vino. Cocktail specials range from $4-$6, with old-school American standards Bud and Coors just $2 each. 3-7 p.m. M-F.

photo by Blake Bonillas; Angry Crab Shack
photo by Blake Bonillas; Angry Crab Shack