The Happiest Hour
Contour: Delightful Edibles for Cheapskates
807 First Ave, 447-7704. Happy hour Mon—Fri 4—8 pm, Sat—Sun 2—8 pm.
The secret weapon of Pioneer Square's Contour is the wildly diverse yet shockingly inexpensive $1.95 happy-hour food menu. Appealing to the hungriest of cheapskates is the hefty provolone cheeseburger, served with yam and potato fries, or the rosemary-battered chicken strips, glazed in a deliciously tangy honey-basil orange sauce. Tzatziki dip pleasantly accompanies a plate of pan-fried calamari rings or battered zucchini fries; either are a perfect coordinate to your pint of Driftwood ($2) or a well drink ($3.75). Also at the bar, select drafts are $3 (Rat City, Mirror Pond, Hefeweizen) or $4 (Pilsner, Mac & Jack's), while overhead, plaster sculptures of naked torsos burst forth from the brick walls.