|New Asian pear mojito|
The latest is P.F. Chang’s China Bistro. A chain that has always had a very good cocktail list and a respectable wine list, it now has expanded its happy hour special with new drink and food items.
The chain has offered a happy hour deal since June, but now is including more offerings as part of its “Triple Happiness” menu available from 3 to 6 p.m.
Drink specials range from $3 to $6 for beers, sakes and wines as well as signature cocktails, such as the new mandarin champagne cocktail and an Asian pear mojito.
• Tuna Tataki Crisp: Seared rare, sliced ahi tuna on a crisp wonton, topped with cucumber and scallions and a citrus-sesame soy sauce.
• Asian Street Tacos: Four varieties -- beef, spicy shrimp, pork and mahi mahi, each topped with chopped vegetables and herbs in a flour tortilla.
• Shanghai Street Dumplings: Filled with chicken, ginger, green onions and soy.
In addition to Red Robin, the Applebee’s chain push of its bar sector has seen alcoholic beverage sales jump by 14%, and Ruby Tuesday has cited its revamped bar program, which includes $5 premium cocktails, as being a big assist in its financial turnaround push. And, in another take on the topic, I recently reported that the Cheesecake Factory has begun offering reduced calorie cocktails.
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