I am super excited to be officially writing my first blog post for OC Happy Hour Adventures! What better way to kick things off than starting it on Thirsty Thursday of all days, (Although this won’t be released on Thirsty Thursday). One thing to know about me is that I love Mexican food! Right around the corner from where I work is a place called Acapulco Restaurant y Cantina. For all of you non-Spanish speakers out there y means and.

 

 

This was actually my first time taking a look at this particular happy hour. I’ve been to the restaurant for brunch with my family before, which by the way they have an amazing brunch. But that’s another story.

 

The focal point of the restaurant
The vibe of the restaurant really gives off those beach feels with the wallpaper of palm trees, the ocean, seashells, and starfish. If you are unaware Acapulco is actually a city on the western coast of Mexico. I just found out myself as am writing this post, so the decor of the restaurant really matches the name. Yes, I know I live in Southern California, which is known for having amazing beaches and you’re probably asking, “why not go see the real thing?” Don’t worry folks, we are just getting started. As our adventures continue there will be plenty of bars with an ocean view.
 
Food on Happy Hour Special
Drinks on Happy Hour Special

 

Right off the bat, the most impressive thing about the happy hour here is that it lasts 5 hours! Most Happy Hours that I’ve been to typically last only 2 hours. One can definitely enjoy quite a bit of food and drink while here, responsibly of course. It’s great how they have the menu tiered with three different price points to help those on a budget like I am. But enough about the menu, you are probably wondering what I ended up getting.

 

Chips and Salsa

 

However, before I even order food a bowl of chips and salsa gets placed before me. This is one of the reasons that I both hate and love Mexican restaurants. Free chips and salsa, but you get so filled up on these bad boys that you have no more room for the actual food. I’m sure this is a problem for all of those reading this as well. I didn’t get a chance to check it out because I was so engrossed in conversation with the people at the bar, more on that to come, that I didn’t get a chance to check out the botana bar. Which apparently was where you can refill up on more salsa, chips, and even chicharrónes. Botana in Spanish means snacks and one can really fill up on snacks here at Acapulco. One could essentially just have drinks and fill up at the botana bar. But where’s the fun in that when there are so many options for a hot meal on the Happy Hour menu. As you will find out in this blog I am a huge fan of spicy foods. However, the salsa was definitely very mild with a touch of sweetness. It was a more liquid-based salsa with chunks of tomato, onion, and cilantro throughout.

 

Signature Margarita
I know, I know I keep on teasing you on what food item I got, but what kind of person would I be if I didn’t order a margarita! Especially a margarita with the word signature in front of it. It’s great that they serve it in a traditional margarita glass to add to the authenticity of the experience of being at a cantina. I’ve always been a fan of margaritas with salt on the rim as you can see in the picture. Just the contrast of having the salt and the citrus of the lime juice in the margarita helps balance everything out. The margarita could have been a little stronger for my taste, but hey for $4 you can’t beat it. Although I guess if I really wanted to, I could have paid the extra $2 to get that extra shot. Either way, shout out to Pepe the bartender for making the margarita!

 

Fancy Wallpaper
Fooled you again. Don’t worry, the main meal is just right around the corner. I just wanted to talk about some of the people that I met while here at Acapulco. Since I didn’t get a chance to get a picture with them, you can at least enjoy the cool wallpaper design in the restaurant. I met both Jessica and Ryan, at least I think his name was Ryan, so if you’re reading this Ryan I do apologize. Ryan was the first individual I talked to and he said that he came not knowing there was a Happy Hour. He was just craving Acapulco and he saw the sign outside, which made his visit even better. Hopefully, these adventures we have here will give people a heads up about a Happy Hour at a place they didn’t even think would have one. Then there was Jessica and one of the first things I remember her mentioning was that she was on the Ellen show six months ago and ended up winning a flat-screen tv along with a 7 day trip to the Bahamas! I guess that’s what happens when you are front row sitting next to the producer. She’s a bartender that has been looking for another bar to work at and her hope is to be working at a bar on the beach. It sounds like the perfect dream job to me! The conversation definitely got more personal when she started talking about her boyfriend who is a 57-year-old man that immigrated from Iran when he was younger. Let’s just say there are some crazy conversations that happen during Happy Hour. Who knows though, maybe one as my blog progresses it might be something people want to read about. It was a conversation that I was not expecting to be a part of at my very first Happy Hour adventure. It truly was a memory that I will always remember!

 

Tacos Al Pastor

 

Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for, the food! I ended ordering the Al Pastor tacos, which are generally my favorite tacos to get. And boy was I not disappointed in these tacos! The corn tortillas that they came in were nice and warm with the perfect texture of being both soft and crunchy at the same time. I know, how can something be both crunchy and soft? Well, if you’ve never done a slight fry on your tortillas before, you should really give it a try. The tacos were topped with a slaw of cabbage, peppers, onion, cilantro, and pineapples. This helped give the taco a more refreshing taste to the al pastor. Al Pastor is spit-grilled pork similar to how lamb shawarma is made. Fun fact, Lebanese immigrants came to Mexico and brought their techniques of making lamb shawarma. Using this technique on pork is what brought about the creation of Al Pastor. The spices and the tenderness of the al pastor really made this dish delectable. The cotija cheese on the taco added a perfect creaminess and saltiness to the dish. Of course, a taco wouldn’t be complete without adding the wonderful juice of a lime and that delicious chipotle salsa you see.

 

I really wish I had the chance to take more pictures of the restaurant, but I just got so consumed with talking with Jessica and Ryan that I completely forgot. However, I guess that is the point of Happy Hours. It’s a time to enjoy great food and drinks, all while making new friends at the bar. I did not come into Acapulco thinking that I would have such a good time and having the conversations I had. If every Happy Hour I go to ends up being even a smidge similar to this one, then let’s say we are in for one heck of an adventure. Cheers!
 
What food or drink items would you have gotten if you were in my shoes!? Have friends that would love this Happy Hour? Go ahead and share because who knows, it may be your group’s next go to Happy Hour.

Check out the website: https://www.acapulcorestaurants.com/happy-hour/

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  1. This is a great first post! I look forward to vicariously going on these adventures with you and hope that I can join you for one when I make it to the SoCal area! Thanks for doing the work for us!

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