Monday Happy Hour at the New Old Lompoc June 9, 2010Posted by stacyb17 in Bars.
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Monday the weather was terrific so we decided to have a little patio outing. Since pints are $2.50 all day Mondays at the New Old Lompoc on NW 23rd (and all Lompoc locations) and they have a terrific patio, it seemed the obvious choice.
We arrived right at 5 PM and there were others on the patio, but we had a good selection of tables to choose from. Christina ordered the happy hour calamari ($5) which was terrific. It is lightly battered and not deep fried and the dipping sauces are unique and tasty (she liked the wasabi mayo, while I was partial to the honey glaze).
I can’t decide whether my favorite Lompoc beer is the Condor Pale or the Centennial IPA so I always end up having both. Between the three of us we tried all of their permanent beers aside from the Cream Stout which is not really a summer beer. By the time we left, around 7:30, the patio was completely packed. So if you are going to hang at the New Old Lompoc on a Monday in the summer, you should probably try to get there early.
Early start at Santa Fe Taqueria June 3, 2010Posted by stacyb17 in Bars, Restaurants.
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Today I am helping two friends move. So tomorrow I will likely be sore as hell. The first move was actually quite quick and easy and it happened early in the day so my moving friend decided to take us out for instant gratification at Santa Fe Taqueria in NW.
I almost went here for Cinco de Mayo as I know they have a big bash for it. I am kind of glad that I passed as the place is a little smaller than I anticipated and I am sure that getting a drink on the most famous Americanized Mexican holiday of the year would be quite difficult. But it has a nice, chill vibe and was quite empty at noon on a Thursday.
We sat in the bar because drinks were our priority. We did end up getting some nachos which were quite good. For the first round I got a Pacifico and my friends drank margaritas (rocks). Consensus was that the margaritas were quite nice.
For the second round, one of the guys remembered he’d once had a huge, flaming margarita for his birthday at Santa Fe and wanted to duplicate the experience. The bartender said they were not a regular menu item but agreed to make one for us. She had to find the giant margarita glasses on the top shelf of the bar and made the drink for us in a pitcher. She then doused a lime in 151 and set it on fire to complete the work of art in a glass.
Four of us shared the drink and I think it is safe to say we all felt it. This is not a drink for the light of liver or wallet (it cost over $26!) but for a special occasion or a novelty, the giant flaming margarita is certainly something worth a try.
I think there will be another post party today after move number two so I’ll have to fill you in tomorrow.