Pittsburgh Blue: Happy hour of the week

Pittsburgh Blue
11900 Main St. N., Maple Grove

Daily, 3-6 p.m.
"Late night": Monday-Thursday, 8-10 p.m.,
Friday-Saturday, 9-11 p.m.
$3 tap beers
$3 house wine
$3 well drinks
$3 off martinis and specialty cocktails
$3 mini Philly cheesesteaks, chili fries, pulled pork sliders, chipotle Buffalo wings, 2 fresh shucked oysters, Buffalo potato chips, bull bites

We all have ties to the 'burbs, and the Hot Dish is no exception. On one recent jaunt outside the city limits, we wanted to substantiate the rumors about a Maple Grove happy hour hangout that supposedly attracts quite a crowd. So we paid Parasole's Pittsburgh Blue a late afternoon visit. Here's what we found.

The decor is casual steakhouse, with a touch of the dark and manly. The service is tongue-in-cheek but attentive, and the crowd is well heeled. A large bull hangs over the fireplace at the entrance, reflecting warmth and humor in the usual Parasole style. It's the suburbs, so there's tons of free parking. But, unlike other outer ring chain-y places, the offerings run the gamut from Grain Belt to drinks with house-made sour mix. And, "Cold as Ice" was playing when we walked in from the single-digit temperatures outside.

Bull bites can make a cold day warmer.
Bull bites can make a cold day warmer.

Pittsburgh Blue's happy hour involves our favorite word on the subject--daily. It has a decent beer selection, including Summit E.P.A. and Stella, and a list of compelling martinis and specialty cocktails. The Bull Bites are some tasty tips for just $3, and our plate of chili fries was big as well. And, oysters! Yes, two freshly shucked oysters cost just $3. Wash those puppies down with a classic martini ($7 at hh) and that's a sexy, sexy way to spend $10. Might make it worth a hh trek to the northwest territories.

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