Umamicatessen and Mercado Start Happy Hour

Umamicatessen's Bourbon Pig with pig ears

Two new happy hours are now being implemented on opposite sides of town. Downtown's Umamicatessen starts one for the weekday today from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. and includes a new menu with half-price discounts on the hams at Pigg (Johnston mangalitas for $12, La Quercia Berkshire for $8.50), plus all drafts and cocktails from Back Bar for five bucks, and new dishes, like the (NOB)LT at Cure that substitutes crispy chicken skin for bacon and a short rib slider and bacon-wrapped "Downtown dog" from Umami Burger.

Last Friday, Santa Monica's newest Mexican restaurant, Mercado (from the Yxta Cocina crew), started its own week-long happy hourat its bar and communal tables, stretching Mondays through Fridays from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Saturdays and Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. A few dollars goes pretty far here as well, with a five-spot buying you the restaurant's signature margarita, six netting you carnitas tacos, and choriqueso with house-made chorizo is also priced at six dollars. Check out Mercado's full happy hour menu below.

Hora Feliz


Tecate $3
Mercado Margarita $5
Agavales Silver $5
Modelo Especial $4
Dos Equis Amber $4
Hibiscus Margarita $6
Avina Chardonnay $6
Camarena Cadillac $9


Guacamole $6
Chicharrón Tacos—sauteed pork skin, salsa verde, avocado $4
Carnitas Tacos—guacamole, red onions, cilantro $6
Choriqueso—melted cotija, parmesan, oaxaca, house chorizo, poblanos, mushrooms, fresh chips $6
Tamales—Chef’s choice filling, queso fresco, crema frsca $6
Rajas Poblanas—poblano strips, sweet corn, spicy queso añejo, tortillas $5
Shrimp Taquitos—mexican sweet shrimp, guacamole, chile de arbol salsa $6
Dos Gringas—spit-roasted pastor, oaxaca, onions, cilantro, chile de arbol salsa, avocado salsa, flour tortillas $7