Throughout the week, even with the fourth of July looming over me, I couldn’t get myself to stay put in my kitchen. Ever since my trip to California, I’ve been more and more inclined to try the new and different restaurants around me as opposed to settling for what I consider to be comfortable and familiar. These adventure-compelled excursions, otherwise known as my relentless erudition in the name of gastronomy, has got me avoiding the beating heart of my home. Not for long though. Perhaps a few more days of this hiatus from cardiovascular exercise for both my kitchen and I.
Actually, maybe sooner especially considering the fact that instead of exercising the heart of my home and the heart of my body, I have been indulging in what could be considered as the artery-clogging, detrimental-to-the-heart sorts of foods. Well, in this case, at the very least. But avoiding them has proven to be much more difficult than I would have imagined. Seriously. I just love the sound of “Happy Hour,” it’s like music to my ears and often the happy end to my hungry stomach.
Hence, my lack of resistance in the face of Ryan’s Happy Hour. With half off appetizers or pupus and 4 dollar drink specials, I had to leave my kitchen. Hey, but with booze and good ol’ American food (with a local/Pacific Island twist), I can’t say I didn’t celebrate the week leading up to our Independence the right way.
Although, I did have a couple minor qualms about the place. While the li-hing margarita was more than perfect as were the buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing that hit the spot as well as the chicken & pork lettuce wraps that were flavorful and refreshing, the crab & artichoke dip and kalua pork quesadillas weren’t as satisfying . The crab & artichoke was under portioned especially with the amount of focaccia bread that was provided along with it. Also, the kalua pork quesadillas were somewhat overpowered by the sweetness of the hoisin sauce on it when it could have been perfectly fine with just the pineapple-mango chutney served along with the dish.
In terms of service, we had a friendly and upbeat waitress that didn’t hide her suddenly piqued interest in our lives and clever scheme of tending to us much more once the check had been delivered. Way to leave a lasting impression, I suppose. Either way, we left a good tip. In terms of prices, at anywhere from 11-18 dollars an appetizer, I doubt that I would order them if it wasn’t for happy hour. Regardless, for the appetizers we paid for, the BF and I both left Ryan’s with full and happy stomachs.
Ryan’s Bar and Grill @ Ward Center
1200 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm, 10-close daily.