Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8 a.m.
The Place: Cut 432
432 E. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach; 561-272-9898
The Hours: Happy Hour from 5-7pm daily
The Deal: Drinks on the "Social Hour" menu are priced at $2, $3 or $4. Miller Lite is the only beer and the cheapest option at $2. Penfolds Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon or a glass of Coastal Vines Pinot Grigio are $3. (Rumor has it, the wine selection includes more than 250 choices -- but don't expect them all to cost just $3.) The house pour is $4 and includes Jack Daniels, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Russian Standard Vodka and the bar staff knows how to pour a nice drink.
To tempt your taste buds, the Social Hour menu includes 13 food items priced at $4 or $5, including Oysters Rockefeller, Truffle Mac and Cheese and Mini Burgers. This is not a happy hour that puts cost-cutting over quality, all of the Social Hour items are featured on the main menu and there is no scrimping on flavor. The ingredients, particularly the meats, fish and seafood, are sourced from around the country and you can taste the quality of those ingredients in each bite.
The Digs: Cut 432 attracts the after-work crowd and the well-heeled visitor that is looking for a sophisticated atmosphere to catch up with friends and co-workers. The decor is a stylish blend of stark white, stainless steel and glitzy chandeliers. The Verdict: This is not the place to shake off a hard day's work with a Jager Bomb and beer chaser; this happy hour is about well-made drinks, Oysters Rockefeller and ground steak sliders. But juxtapose the fancy decor and top-notch plates with a group of handsome staff in a uniform of tight jeans and Converse trainers, and you have yourself a relaxed happy hour that manages to steer clear of being too fussy or pretentious.