Original Joe’s Happy Hour

My co-worker suggested we hit up Original Joe’s for their happy hour (50% off certain appetizers from 3-6pm) and since I’ve never really gone anywhere for happy hour I thought it was a good idea. Original Joe’s is located above Starbucks on Broadway and Cambie and the entrance is next to La Taqueria. I never really thought about visiting before since it just didn’t look that exciting.

The restaurant is a sports bar with lots of TV’s and even a nice pool table at the back! There were lots of large comfy booth seats as well but the lighting is dim as with most bars/pubs. Not all appetizers are available for the happy hour promotion though although I can’t remember which ones are not available…

Original Joe's Happy Hour

We all agreed that we love Sweet Potato Fries so we had to order it. the fries were long and crispy on the outside but flavour wise it was really meh … they just felt a bit under seasoned and didn’t have that sweet potato flavour. It was disappointing since it is hard to screw up fries but these just tasted kinda weird. Just not the addictive fries I was hoping for. I believe we ordered the chipotle dip but I think they gave us the dill dip instead as evidenced by the dill pieces in the dip.

Original Joe's Happy HourThis was the Chili Lime Chicken which was breaded chicken tossed in a sweet chili sauce with lime, cucumber, crispy chow mein noodles and green onions. This dish was not bad since I really like the sweet chili sauce and it does feel a bit spicy after a few pieces.

Original Joe's Happy Hour

Next we also had the Calamari which came with a tzatziki sauce and also some breaded red peppers, onions and jalapeños. As far as calamari goes, this tasted extremely bland to me even though it looks good. The portion was a good size but it really lacked flavour and you need copious amounts of dip to help it out.

Original Joe's Happy Hour

I love wings so we couldn’t pass up the chance to order some! These were the BBQ Wings which were served with celery and carrots sticks and some ranch dip. The wings were not dry and had a decent amount of meat on them! It probably helped that the wings were coated in a wet sauce too. Each serving is 1lb and has about 8-10 wings.

Orignal Joe's Happy Hour

To further satisfy our wing cravings, we also had an order of Sweet Chili Wings as well! It came with the same sides and the wings were also the same quality as above.

So my favourite items were the wings and then the Chili Lime Chicken. For the happy hour price of $5-6 I can’t really complain about anything. It’s a cheaper chain restaurant so nothing amazing here but I would pass on the calamari and sweet potato fries … Our server wasn’t exactly friendly but she was efficient for sure.

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Sweet Potato Fries at A&W!

A&W started a promotion for their sweet potato fries last month and the coupon can be found here. For $2, you can get a serving of fries with sweet chipotle mayo. Regular price is about $3.99 I think. I think the best part about the coupon is that you can just show it to them on your phone in case you forget to print it out and carry it around with you. Yay for mobile coupons! I love sweet potato fries so I was pretty excited about these and who doesn’t like discounts right?

A&W sweet potato fries

Okay I was a bit bored and decided to play with the Line Camera app. Don’t think I used any filters though! I thought these fries were a lot better than I expected. They were definitely better than the ones I had from Vera’s a few weeks ago. In retrospect, they seem below average now. The fries from A&W were crispy and more firm than the ones from Vera’s which were sorta limp looking.  The serving seemed to be a medium size. The spicy chipotle mayo wasn’t that spicy but it was alright. All in all, it was pretty decent from a fast food joint and for $2 too. I will probably try and use the coupon again!

Thanks to M1RACLE for letting me know about the coupon haha ;)

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