It’s Monday. Back to reality. My memories of a very busy weekend still playing in my mind. I don’t like Mondays, but I love Happy Hour. Yes, I am counting the minutes until quitting time and trying to decide where I will be heading at 5:01 pm. Great food and even better drinks make me almost long for Monday’s, almost. My top go to’s for a Monday after work treat are Corvus & Company and Osteria la Spiga.
The Corvus & Company website states it is a neighborhood bar inspired by the natural world and saloon bars of a bygone era. A dark, sexy, and mysterious den that beckons and bewitches. Happy hour is daily 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Mondays 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Their happy hour specials include: $2 off all cocktails, $6 well drinks, $6 house wine, $2 off draft beers, $2 Hamm’s tall boys, and $2 off all small bites. Non-alcoholic drinks and CBD sodas are available.
The specialty cocktails that are served rotate on a seasonal basis and currently are: The Sun God (Uruapan Mexican rum, lemon, suze, orgeat and sandalwood).The Sonic Rejuicer (vodka, lime, ginger, orange, and cucumber). The Jade Pearl (gin, lemon, verjus, passion fruit, lacuesta blanca, and kaffir lime). The King of Swords (bourbon rye, lemon, maple syrup, black walnut, and barrel aged bitters). Having a hard time deciding which drink to choose, tell the bartender the liquor you like and they will create an elixir just right for you.
The Small Bites available include: House spiced fries with feta aioli. Artichoke fritters with tahini aioli. Cucumber pistachio gazpacho with yogurt, pink peppercorn, black lime and dill. Hummus mezzo plate with hummus, muhammara, marinated olives, homemade pickles and warm pita. Roasted beet salad with pistachio puree, preserved lemon vinaigrette, goat cheese and fig balsamic. Grilled asparagus served with a soft boiled egg with black garlic aioli and paprika oil. Chicken wings with spicy and sweet fresno pepper glaze, black sesame seeds and feta aioli. Lastly Stuffed dates with goat cheese, marcona almonds, honey, sea salt, and drizzled in fig balsamic.
Weekly guest DJs on Tuesdays and Saturdays and Tarot readings every Sunday evening make this spot somewhere I can love more than just Mondays.
Osteria la Spiga states it was co-founded in 1998 by Chef Sabrina Tinsley and her husband, Pietro Borghesi, in a quest to bring authentic cuisine from northern Italy to Seattle. La Spiga’s menu pays homage to Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region and as co-founder and host Pietro Borghesi says, “An evening at la Spiga is like dining in Italy – without the plane fare.” Using the very finest ingredients, menus are changed seasonally to reflect what is freshest in local markets. Happy hour is daily 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm and Mondays 5:00 pm to close.
Drink specials include: Happy Hour Wine (Rosso E Bianco) $6. Lambrusco by the glass $5. Well Drinks $7. Birra Moretti $6. Happy Hour Amaro (La Spiga’s Choice) $7.
Food Specials include: Castelvetrano Olives $4. Formaggi Tris with chefs selection of three Italian cheeses served with homemade preserves $10. Prosciutto Di Parma thinly sliced to order and served with balsamic mustard $7. Crostini del Poggio Rosso – crostini topped with tuscan pate, grilled beef and truffle oil $6. Polenta al Coniglio – crispy fried polenta with braised rabbit rag $8. Cavolfiori Fritti – fried fresh cauliflower florets with la Spiga’s herbed sea salt $6. Insalata Mista Della Casa – house mixed salad with apple cider vinaigrette $4. Gnocchi al Pomodoro – homemade gnocchi with house tomato sauce $12. Tagliatellee al Tartufo – tagliatelle with white alba truffle butter $12. Lasagne Verdi – signature lasagna rag, béchamel, and parmigiana reggiano $12.
Corvus & Company and Osteria la Spiga are two great ways to beat the Monday blues. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Let me know what you choose to help you make it through your Monday.