Normally, I love going to Chan’s. They have a great happy hour from 11 to 6 daily and you get a carafe of wine for the price of a glass. You can find a good glass of wine from $6 – $20 on their approved happy hour wine list. However, tonight was well….. different. For starters, where was everyone? Vicki and Mike Hoover arrived around 5 p.m. but that was it for our rather large group. We understand you can’t always make it. We missed you!
Chris and I decided to sit outside facing Hwy. 30A. The temperature was still quite hot, but there was a nice breeze and the sun was beginning to go down a bit in the sky. When we sat down we were greeted quickly by a nice waiter. He brought us menus right away and water. We never caught his name and he was gone in a flash after this. It must have been shift change.
We noticed that the music was hard rock and rap and not very conducive for drinking a nice glass of wine. I mentioned to another waiter who showed up to the table that it wasn’t their usual selection of music tonight. He mentioned “Jake” picked it out today and he would change it. He also promised to bring Chris another glass of wine, but did not. The music did not change either. By the way, that waiter was “Jake”. (LOL)
We went ahead and ordered our wine first. Chris ordered the Condo Sur Bicicieta Viognier from Chile. $6 a glass. She said it was really good. It was a crisp light white wine.
I ordered the Red Culprit which is a heavier red wine. It was almost colder than Chris’ white wine. It must have been an older bottle that they put in the wine frig for storage. My first gulp was horrible. I don’t like cold red wine anyway, but it also tasted bad. I was about to send it back when I asked Chris to try it. She thought it tasted fine. I let it warm up and breathe more and it did get better with time. When I ordered a second one, I asked that it be from a warm bottle in the store and not chilled which Jamie now a new waitress serving us accommodated for me.
It felt like we had a rotating staff of waiters and waitresses. Some smelled like cigarettes and others did not. It was quite unusual to know who might show up to wait on our table. In the end Jamie finished with our table and also got the music changed. Mike and Vicki Hoover arrived around 5 p.m. after work and joined us for some wine, good conversation, and a pizza.
Chris and I both got the Chicken Pesto Panini with a side salad. This is my favorite thing to order off of their menu. I love their salad and salad dressing there. It does not disappoint. The sandwich was also excellent, but tonight the Pesto that comes with it had all types of stems in it and was stringy and where was the garlic? Whoever made it decided not to cut the stems off of the basil and just throw them in. It was not the usual consistency or taste. It was not the usual and it was disappointing.
In the end, you are probably you missed this evening’s disappointing happy hour at a normally excellent spot. It was an off night for the food, music, and staff. I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I have to say we usually love it here.
We got out the door for $72.
Next week : Fish Out Of Water offers three discounted happy-tizers, snapper ceviche being one among these, a $6 wine and cocktail list, and eleven different beers at $3 on average. Fish Out Of Water is located in WaterColor, and offers their happy hour nightly from 5 – 7 PM on the deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Hope to see you at 5 p.m. upstairs on the deck. Wednesday, September 9th.
Fish Out Of Water offers three discounted happy-tizers, snapper ceviche being one among these, a $6 wine and cocktail list, and eleven different beers at $3 on average. Fish Out Of Water is located in WaterColor, and offers their happy hour nightly from 5 – 7 PM on the deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.