Checking Out Smallwares' New Happy Hour

Inauthentic Asian cuisine and sassy sips combine at Portland’s newest happy hour.

By Brooke Bass July 9, 2014

Image: Brooke Bass

For more than two years, Smallwares chef/owner Johanna Ware has been making what she calls “inauthentic” Asian cuisine at her Beaumont restaurant. Diners, who have been enthusiastic about Ware’s creative vision, often refer to her dinner menu as genius—a true testament to her steadfast commitment to producing colorful menu items for their dinner and late-night service options.

This summer, Ware introduces a new happy hour menu, offered seven days a week from 5 to 7 pm. The menu, which continues to break the bounds of traditional Asian cuisine, is comprised of all new items, equally as colorful and unconventional as her regular dinner menu. 

Menu items range from fermented bean pork meatballs to a cilantro pretzel hot dog to an oxtail curry bao—and all are available for $6 or less. The drink menu is diverse and just a tad on the sassy side, including a session beer topped with a spicy frozen margarita (dubbed the "Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls) and a Bloody Mary with tequila, kimchi juice, fish sauce, and cilantro (the Bloody Mariah).

Click through the slide show above to see more of the happy hour offerings, and stop in yourself for a bite soon.

4605 NE Fremont St
Happy hour: Sunday through Saturday, 5 pm to 7 pm

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