6 Things You Must Eat on Mister A’s Spring Happy-Hour Menu

By Darlene Horn  |  March 25, 2014
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For years, happy hour at Bertrand at Mister A’s has provided an under-the-radar and affordable entrée into Banker’s Hills’ iconic special-occasion restaurant. Located on the top floor of the Fifth Avenue Financial Center, with stunning views of Downtown, Balboa Park, Hillcrest and inbound airplanes, it's one of the best perches in San Diego for sights, truly awesome bar bites and maybe even dessert. Since the spring sunshine is rolling in and the bar has just released its new list of seasonal offerings, we're giving Mister A's happy hour a new look. Drop into the bar or patio area from 2:30-6 PM, Sunday through Thursday. Our six favorite bites - new and old - follow.

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    You don't even need a fork to eat these seasonal Carlsbad black mussels. Half a dozen locally sourced beauties bake in the oven with garlic-infused butter and breadcrumbs. Tip the shell into your mouth to get every ounce of precious butter goodness.

  • For the octopus salad, tender cooked and thinly sliced octopus is dressed with lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. It’s mixed with Chinos Farm chives, oregano, carrot strips and served on top of housemade potato chips. 

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    A long-standing happy-hour menu favorite, these Kobe beef sliders are served medium rare, tucked inside squishy housemade brioche buns with a slice of tomato and square-cut lettuce. Truffled french fries complete the plate and are also available a la carte.

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    An equally deserving old standby, little croque monsieur rounds are topped with ham, Gruyère and Parmesan cheese and baked until the cheeses are melted. The croques sit on a lightly dressed arugula salad, providing a nice palate cleanser between ooey-gooey bites.

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    While you’re on the patio, request a peek at the dessert menu and - for a stunning closer - order the coconut tapioca. Chunks of pineapple, mango and kiwi mingle with tapioca pudding. A brilliant quenelle of dragonfruit sorbet provides bright, lovely contrast to the creamy pudding.

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    And if you want pure decadence, the salted caramel ganache bar is your dessert. A layer of rich chocolate ganache blankets a crisp peanut praline crisp base. The bar is sliced thin to resemble an upscale candy bar and served with savory-sweet brown butter popcorn ice cream and caramel corn.

  • Take in the sights while you're on the patio: airplanes landing, views of Downtown, the bay and the surrounding neighborhoods.