8.21.2013

Landry’s Seafood – El Paso

Days: Monday – Friday 
Times: 3-7pm 
Food Deals: $4-6 Appetizers 
Drink Deals: $1.50-$2.50 Beers; $4 Well Drinks; $5 Cocktails and Wines by the Glass; $6 Martinis 
Parking: Free lot 

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Drink Up! Great wide Happy Hour selection on food & drank! Fun crowd! 

Spill the Wine: You are about doing everything you can to not support a mom & pop shop when you come here… Landry’s corporate chain is endless! 

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Nearly a week into my cross-country roadtrip, I made my way from Tucson to El Paso to pick up my new roadtrip companion (and noted Happy Hour enthusiast!), MI MADRE! The drive from Tucson to El Paso features beautiful landscape changes from the deserts of Arizona (and also, a must stop at the bizarre tourist attraction, The Thing, at mile marker 322 in AZ), to the low hills and big skies of southern New Mexico, to the border city of El Paso. 
 Down in the West Texas town of El Paso!

Even though we only had a one-evening stay planned, I was super-excited to see the city for the first time. I mean who doesn’t love this song or didn’t grow up eating their weight in El Paso salsa?! Before the trip, I didn’t realize that El Paso shares a border with Juarez – the combined population is over two million, with nearly two-thirds of it in Juarez. Putting my thinking cap to good use, I found a scenic drive where we were able to stop and take in the massive sister-cities from up high. It’s a shame that it’s not safe to travel to Juarez, there’s nothing quite like seeing and learning something new – at any age!

Inside the Bar
 
Inaugurating this next portion of the roadtrip, Mom and I started out at Happy Hour at Landry’s Seafood. Even if the name isn’t familiar, I’m sure you’ve at least been to one of the Landry establishments before – they own restaurants (Morton’s Steakhouses, McCormick & Schmick’s, Claim Jumper, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and more), as well as attractions like the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi and the Kemah Boardwalk in Galveston Bay. 

 Ma with wine and Mai-Tai (both $5)

 And I with my delicious Mai-Tai!

Landry’s Seafood is another chain restaurant in the family and they offer a pretty fun Happy Hour – good drinks, eats, and a lively after-work crowd. The drink deals are as follows: $1.50 Domestic Drafts, $2.50 Premium Drafts, $4 Well Spirits, $5 Wines by the Glass (or “Taste of the Grape” as they call it :), $5 Cool Cocktails, and $6 Martinis. Mom enjoyed 2 glasses of their $5 Chardonnay, while I enjoyed a $5 Mai Tai and a $5 Gold Coast Margarita – all were quite generous pours for $5! 

Round 2! Chardonnay and Gold Coast Margarita (both $5) 

For food, Landry’s offers $4, $5, and $6 appetizers – lots of bar food, but with a gulf-shore seafood take. Ma and I shared a rather gluttonous (albeit tasty) dinner of:


Onion Strings and Jalapenos – served with ranch dressing ($4) 

Fish Tacos – beer battered fish wrapped in tortillas with pepper jack cheese and avocado salsa ($6)

Crab, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip – topped with Pico de Gallo, and served with housemade tortilla chips ($6) 

The crowd was also kickin’ with at least several different after work crews celebrating their Tuesday night with Happy Hour and our waiter was totally nice and helpful too. Although I do like to support local establishments, I was glad to find this Happy Hour, which was still new to me, for a fun rendezvous with Momz!

-JB 

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Landry’s Seafood 
Neighborhood: Uptown Airport District 

6801 Gateway Blvd. West 
El Paso, TX 79925
(915) 779-2900 
www.landrysseafood.com/location-el-paso.asp
twitter.com/LandrysInc

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