‘Cause I’m Happy… Happy Hour at Eddie V’s

I know we already did an Eddie V’s review but I feel it deserves a follow up as it has now become one of our favorite go-to places on a Friday night.  We love the bar at Eddie V’s.Bright and airy, with a glass wall that totally opens to a comfortable patio with couches and fire pits. The bar has a great atmosphere but fills up very quickly. The happy hour/lounge menu is very limited, and you cannot order from the dinner menu until 5.

The happy hour menu is more than adequate for Omar. It has both east coast and west coast oysters, served with a trio of sauces. He also enjoys the calamari, served on a bed of rice noodles with a Kung Pao style sauce. Most items on the lounge menu are served early, but not at a discounted happy hour price. I have tried some things on the “small bites” menu, like the asian filet served on small brioche buns. My go to favorites are the crab corn chowder. Smooth, creamy, with chunks of potato, corn, bacon and large lumps of crab. I am telling you I just can’t get enough of this soup. 90 degrees outside and I am still ordering soup. I also opt for a salad typically. The main dishes at Eddie V’s are mostly ala carte, expensive and small. I just feel the soup/salad and bread is a better bang for the buck. The bread is amazing. They don’t always bring it, so make sure you ask for it. Warm sourdough, served with softened butter topped with sea salt.

The drinks are far superior to any other restaurant we have been to. The bar is immaculate, with fresh fruits, herbs and garnishes. The drinks are unusual, from 24 carat gold sugar rimmed martini glasses, infused ice cubes and glasses set upside down on smoldering wood for their smoked old fashioned.

My new favorite drink is a Bullet Sour. Bullet Bourbon, sour mix, honey and filthy cherry juice. The drink is amazing, but you can only have a couple. The sour mix just gets to be too much after a while. The cosmos are amazing, fruity, light, with just the right hint of ice crystals.

The bartenders all deserve a shout out as they are all attentive and friendly. Kim, Nikki, Steve and Colin. Occasionally you will see Joe, who stands in occasionally. We have already told you about Colin in previous posts, but Kim and Nikki are both super friendly and fun and just make the evening more enjoyable.

As we stated in our last post “I Wont Tease – Our Review of Eddie V’s” this is definitely a place to go. Go early, as the the place really fills up. And go on a Friday night and look for us!

I Won’t Tease – Our Review of Eddie V’s

I must apologize, this is a very late review dating from the summer. Eddie V’s opened on Metro Parkway in June 2017 and right away became a hot spot. There is complimentary valet parking, but if you don’t feel like surrendering your car or tipping you better arrive early. Jen and I have gone there a few times, usually at happy hour and like to sit at the bar. The bar area opens up to the outside and there is ample seating around the large oval shaped bar. The happy hour menu is extensive but will add up quickly. Jen and I saw our favorite bartender, Colin who we met when he worked at Bonefish in Troy. Colin is a master mixologist whom we feel makes better drinks than the other bartenders at Eddie V’s. Its not that the others aren’t good, it is just that Colin’s concoctions are always very consistent.

I have ordered their oysters on the half shell a few times and they did not disappoint always tasting fresh and juicy with the right amount of briny goodness.  The lobster wonton which I understand is no longer on the menu was incredible. Now what’s not incredible is the Carpetbagger. This appetizer, is two fried oysters with seared tenderloin and blue cheese with bread crumbs. Dry, flavorless way too much breadcrumbs no wonder the South going thru the Reconstruction hated them, they were right. Sorry couldn’t resist it, you history geeks out there will get it. Now back to the good. The crab fried rice is an incredible side dish that is big enough to split and despite being a bit too salty (at least according to my beautiful Jen) bursts with buttery crab flavor that will tantalize seafood lovers and dare I say people who say they are not fans of shellfish.

I must say of the 5 or so times we have gone there, we have only eaten dinner entrees once. I had an Alaskan halibut dish which was very enjoyable but quite pricey at $36. Jen had the 8oz filet, tender and tasty but not worth the $40. Look, I understand eating out is expensive, but when I shell out a lot of cash, I want to be blown away by the food and frankly I wasn’t.  I was however, blown away by the dark chocolate s’mores dessert. Yes that is as good as it sounds.

I do recommend you try Eddie V’s but sit at the bar on a nice sunny day with the sun and light breeze at your back. Its expensive, but overall an enjoyable experience and tell Colin we said hello.