By GERRY BARKER
For food and drink lovers, who doesn't love Happy Hour? And if it goes all the way to closing time, we love it even more. That's the case on Mondays at Blackbird Modern Asian in Jupiter, where Happy Hour starts when they open at 4 pm, and goes until they close at 11 pm.
Even better, Monday Happy Hour is available anywhere in the restaurant, including the upstairs and downstairs bars, the outdoor patio or at your table.
Featuring half-off cocktails, sake, wine, and beer, plus a special Happy hour food menu, there's a lot to be happy about, as we discovered on a visit there this week.
Of course, we started with two of their signature cocktails: Pho King Good (Tito’s handmade vodka, keke key lime pie cream liqueur, egg white, pho syrup, thai basil, lemon and pineapple), along with Confucius Say (Chopin vodka, soho lychee liqueur, liquid alchemist coconut syrup, pineapple juice and lime) -- regularly $16, but $8 for Happy Hour. The latter arrived in a Tiki-inspired container, which added a bit of fun. Both were two thumbs up.
The Happy Hour featured food is divided into small and large plates (or you could order from menu as well). There were three of us, so we wanted to sample both. For small plates, we settled on the Vegetable Spring Rolls ($5), Brisket Bao Bun ($5) and Crab Rangoons ($14). Switching to large plates, we went with Chicken Fried Rice ($16), Sweet and Sour Pork ($18) and General Tso's "Tikka Masala" Chicken ($18).
While they were each delicious, we all agreed the "Tikka Masala Chicken," which is a new addition to the menu, was our favorite: Tender chunks of chicken prepared with seasame and green onion, accompanied by a creamy, hibiscus ginger yogurt.
They also offer an extensive dessert menu, but we're saving that one for next time.
Blackbird Modern Asian, voted in a Palm Beach Post poll as "best new restaurant in 2023," is loacted 1511 N Old Dixie Hwy in Jupiter.
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