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Chris Kornelis
By the time I remembered to take a picture, we'd already devoured our plates. Oops.
Hotel Sorrento's Hunt Club

When: 5:15ish. (Happy Hour's

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$13: Hunt Club's Happy Hour Is a Snacker's Paradise

13huntclub.jpg
Chris Kornelis
By the time I remembered to take a picture, we'd already devoured our plates. Oops.
Hotel Sorrento's Hunt Club

When: 5:15ish. (Happy Hour's from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.)

What Does $13 Get You? Three fried oysters ($1.50), one Bombay Dry ($4), two sliders ($4), half an order of fries ($1), two prawns ($1), Bud Light $2.50, split an Ahi Tuna ($2.50 is my half). OK, so I went over a little...

Best Find(s): Their well gin is Bombay Dry. Fried Oysters: do yourself a favor and order by the dozen.

My snacking partner and I learned a lot about the woman sipping white wine at the Hunt Club between the seventh and tenth innings of the Mariner's home opener. And though it would violate our informal confidentiality agreement for me to eat and tell, I think it goes without saying that stepping it up a notch for $2.50 Bud and $.50 fried oysters pays off in spades in the chit chat department.

Even our bartender, bless her rookie soul, tried to class us up by talking me out of a Bud Light in favor of a Stella, which she claims to drink even when camping. Yes, I'm have a Stella kind of spring, but I have my reasons for pulling a low-carb King every once in a while.

When we entered the Sorrento Hotel's Hunt Club -- bottom of the sixth -- it was quiet for a happy hour that was already an hour old. Thirty minutes later the well gin ($4 Bombay Dry) and Mac & Jacks ($4.50) took hold and we weren't strangers anymore.

Back to the snacks: I've had better sliders. But, it's not a deal-breaker. (Couldn't they have toasted those mini buns? Actually, now that I think about it, $4 for those sliders isn't even close to worth it. I'd rather have a Big Mac.) The fried oysters are key here. And while my partner and I split six, we should have made it a dozen and spent more on gin. Not that the seared Ahi Tuna wasn't worth it ($5), but it wasn't as good as 10 oysters, if you catch my drift. I'm eating and drinking with purpose here. And if the Ms are gonna go extra innings, as they did last night, then I want keep up.

If there's one problem problem with this grazing menu (which also features pistachios, olives, calamari, etc.), it's that you lose track of the bill in a hurry. I'm sorry to say that I blew the top off my $13 budget without knowing it. Oh, well. There are worse problems in life than ordering too many chilled prawns at $.50 a pop.

Considering the state of the economy and the fact that Pres. Obama's giving most of us an extra $13 a week this summer, we decided it was time to fire back up our weekly series on the best ways to eat and drink for around $13. Please feel free to send me your suggestions.

 
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