The Hours: 4:30-7p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 9-11p.m. Thurs.-Sat.
The Digs: George's Place is arguably the best brunch spot in downtown Kirkland. Hence, the wait can be up to an hour on Sunday mornings. To avoid the crowds, head down during happy hour. The place is usually pretty empty past noon, and you'll have no trouble grabbing a booth or finding a seat at the small bar tucked in the back of the restaurant.
The Deal: While the brunch menu offers classic American breakfast fare, happy hour is all about Greek food. Everything is between $4 and $5, unless you want two pounds of chicken wings, which cost $9.50. Coated in a tangy sauce created by George himself and topped with crumbled feta cheese, the wings are a greasy, delicious diet-buster.
If you're looking for something less loaded with calories, the gyro plate is a good alternative. The meat is nothing special, but the soft, warm pita wedges and smooth tzatziki make it well worth your $5.
The Verdict: George's opened its doors in 1976, and has since proven itself to be one of Kirkland's most durable restaurants. But it's clearly not well-known that the affordable Mediterreanean menu becomes downright cheap during happy hour. While every other restaurant in downtown Kirkland is overflowing around dinnertime, George's remains fairly empty. And since happy hour runs until 7, it's the perfect place to cobble together a cheap dinner without the wait.