Old Town Happy Hour – Mabel’s on Main
Unless you have been living under a rock you know we love Old Town and personally we think it has the best places for Happy Hour in town (ok we admit, we might be a little biased here)! So we are always up for showing off our town and what better way to do it then by promoting Happy Hour every Thursday at 5pm. You can check Facebook and Twitter to find out where we will be next time. Here are the results of our recommendations; we will of course be updating this weekly so stay tuned! See the lengths we are willing to go for you to bring you these updates! I swear it’s a tough job!
Mabel’s on Main
Thursday, June 7
We decided to step it up and get all dressed up in our big girl clothes for this week’s Happy Hour at Mabel’s on Main and may I say we are a sharp dressed crew! We were looking good against the dark wood interior, studded leather chairs and fine crystal chandeliers. Did we mention that there is even a library bookcase here behind which is a secret room that seats 20 for those special occasions. Think boardroom or gentlemen’s club and you will have an idea of the luxurious surroundings of Mabel’s. If you haven’t been to Mabel’s yet, it is modeled after the Speakeasy’s of the past and definitely evokes a sense of that era so leave your flip-flops at home. Lots of booths, couches and ample bar seating allow you to be comfortable, sit back and enjoy great cocktails, great food and great company.
Let us start by saying that Mabel’s does Happy Hour daily from Tues – Sun (they are closed Monday) from 5 pm – 9pm, so no need to rush to get here before Happy Hour ends. In addition Mabel’s features Wine Down Wednesday’s from 7pm – close where selected bottles of premium wine are just $20. In case you haven’t heard Mabel’s is well known for their hand crafted cocktails and you can find some interesting ones on the Happy Hour menu. We were eager to try some of the hand crafted cocktails and they didn’t disappoint. If you have never tasted a Moscow Mule it is comprised of vodka, fresh lime and ginger beer, which came served in a traditional ice cold copper mug. Very refreshing on a hot afternoon and it is as good as it looks!
Another specialty drink was the Pims featuring Pims liqueur, a gin based spirit with the flavor of fruit and spice. A complete list of the hand crafted cocktails offered by Mabel’s can be found here. If cocktails are not your thing, rest easy, Mabel’s offers a great selection of wine as well, the Malbec was excellent!
Not to be outdone by the selection of cocktails, Mabel’s also offers great food and matinee items to accompany your drink. We selected a sampling from both the matinee and regular menu to give you a better idea of what is available to you. We assure you, nothing here disappoints and everything is designed to be a visible and edible experience, the food really is as good as it looks, really! The hard part was deciding what to try, thank god we have a good crew that is up to the challenge!
Selected off the regular menu, we just HAD to try the Bites of Filet! Small, juicy and full of flavor, they did not disappoint (unlike some of our dates, but that is another story). Grilled to perfection, they are definitely a must try item and very shareable. The bites are served with a horseradish cream sauce if you want to bump the flavor up a notch or two.
If seafood is more to your liking, the Steamer Clams were equally delicious. They were not overcooked and were served in a simple garlic broth with shallots.
It used to be that no self-respecting restaurant would have Mac & Cheese on the menu unless it was a kids meal. No more, Mac & Cheese has become respectable again and Mabel’s has their own version. The noodles are not the traditional elbow macaroni but have been replaced here with a Mostaccioli noodle which is a nice touch. Garlic breadcrumbs are also added for a more upscale Mac & Cheese than your mom used to make.
A favorite of everyone was the Soft Pretzels with a mustard dipping sauce. As you can see, the pretzels are ginormous (yep, Webster has included this word in the dictionary now) and not a twist to be found. No fancy fondue pot and small forks here, just use your fingers and have fun!
Lollipop, lollipop Oh lolli lolli lolli. How about Chicken Lollipops with a ranch dipping sauce? Why not? Coated in a spicy buffalo sauce lollipops are not as messy as wings but still just as tasty. Good thing too, because who wants to wear their appetizer? The chicken was meaty and tender, and the sauce had enough of a kick to please those that liked their food a bit spicy but not too much for us wimps! Hard to please everyone, but these found a nice middle ground.
An unexpected treat was the House Cured Olives. Now I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of olives but I would certainly try these again. The olives are marinated with orange, rosemary and thyme and come in a variety of sizes and colors. Try them all, each has a unique taste and the serving dish makes it easy to pick out your favorites!
Mabel’s on Main
7018 E. Main St
Old Town Scottsdale
5 PM-Close: Tues-Sun, Closed on Monday