Old Town Happy Hour – Barrio Queen
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!
Thursday, June 28
I will have to tell you, this was one of the most anticipated Happy Hours so far. The Schmooze Crew was short a few people due to vactions (vacation, schmation) but luckily for us, we had a few new Schmoozer’s drop by to take their place and aren’t we glad we did. They were familiar with the menu, knew what to order, and more importantly could pronounce the names! It always pays to bring a translator! And we loved ours!
If you haven’t been to Barrio Queen yet, the décor is amazing! Lots of eye candy here to be sure! The bar also boasts of having one of the largest selections of tequila, the website says over 275 although we failed to verify this. The Happy Hour does include $3.00 house margaritas, $3.00 draft beer and $5 house wine, so we have to admit we stuck to the house marg. It was passable, what you would expect for $3.00, but went with the tacos well.
First off let me just talk about the elephant in the room here. Service. We have heard stories about the service at the Barrio Queen but let me tell you, our server was very knowledgeable, helpful and attentive… even standing in as a camera director for us! He also makes a mean guacamole!
This definitely is a must. must. try. item. The guacamole is hand-made at your table and by far the most surprising and delicious guac we have had. What makes it so special, the dried cranberries. Yep, you heard us. They are a sweet touch and made this guac a real stand-out. Our only regret was the chips, they are home-made as well, but a bit thick for our taste.
Next up, the tacos. If you love some street tacos, this is definitely the Happy Hour for you. With over 30 tacos listed on a check off sheet (similar to ordering sushi) there is certainly something for everyone here. The tacos are organized by category; chicken & seafood, pork, beef, vegetarian. For Happy Hour Barrio Queen selects two of the tacos and offers them at $3/2 tacos, which changes daily, the remainder of the tacos vary in price from $2.50 – $4.50. Happy Hour runs daily from 2 – 7 pm every day but Monday (they are closed on Monday for the summer months).
We tried the HH taco special of the day, the Salmon y Nopal which is smoked salmon, cactus and queso fresco. The salmon was cooked nicely, not fishy and the cactus was a great touch! For $3, you couldn’t beat this deal. I would assume any of the salmon tacos would be equally delicious, there are 4 different ones to choose from.
We also tried the Salmon y Nopal con Huevo which is the exact same thing as above, just with the addition of a fried egg.
The Arracherra tacos were next up, and these resemble the street tacos you are used to. We would have loved a bit more bite to the tacos but you can’t please everyone. The flank steak was moist, not dry, flavorful and served up with onion and cilantro. (yes the dreaded cilantro that is so fun to pick out of your teeth!)
A personal favorite was the Arracherra y Huevo which again was the above taco with the addition of a fried egg.
So many tacos to choose from, it can be a bit over-whelming so if you forgot your interpreter, be sure to ask your server, they can recommend a good jumping off point or just keep in mind that the simpler tacos are at the top of the menu for each category. If you are feeling adventurous, try the Arracera con Champinon y Huitlacoche. It is a flank steak taco with sautéed mushrooms and huitlacoche. For those of you (like us) that have no idea what that is, it is a fungus that forms galls on all above-ground parts of corn species, and is known in Mexico as huitlacoche. See you learned something new! It is yummy and so worth the adventure, so be daring and try it!
We had a great Happy Hour and definitely would love to come back to try some of the regular menu items!
7114 East Stetson Drive
Old Town Scottsdale