I love baseball, passionately. My team is not in the playoffs, and by the time this post goes live, we’ll know who’s in the World Series. But I love watching baseball, and if I can extend the season by watching other teams… well, so be it. And so it was that TC and I headed over to Canz in Astoria to check out the Hooters-wannabe place, enjoy a great happy hour special ($5 apps), and watch the game on one of the many TVs around the sports bar. (And then the game got called on account of rain.)
Canz boasts lots and lots … and lots of taps, and a really extensive beer list.
I took this photo for Beer Boor, who always insists that beer & food pairings are silly, and one should just drink what you like. I’m inclined to agree… now that I’ve had more experience drinking beer, anyway, though I do find that I don’t like drinking certain beverages with certain foods. They just make things taste funny.
Our first $5 appetizer to show up? Sliders. Neither of us knew this came with fries; I think this was an excellent deal, given that it could easily be a meal for one person. The sliders weren’t amazing, but the caramelized onions on top made them pretty tasty and I enjoyed munching on the fries.
The chicken nachos, with unfortunately very overcooked chicken and missing the guacamole we’d requested (which came out after we reminded her). These were OK but I probably wouldn’t order them again.
My first beer was the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale that I’ve enjoyed in the past.
TC ordered… I don’t know, but maybe he’ll tell us?
Though wings are not included in the special $5 apps, we ordered them anyway. I enjoyed these – meaty, flavorful. Nice to munch on while we drank.
Mac&cheese bites – yes, that’s right. Deep fried mac&cheese. With a side of liquid cheese for dipping. Yep.
Honestly, these tasted like boxed mac&cheese – which isn’t a horrible thing, it’s been so long since I had that – but the longer they sat and cooled, the worse they tasted. So if you get these, don’t bother being polite and letting other people eat, just scarf them down while they’re still hot.
I really should go look at a beer menu to see what I was drinking… or maybe write it down next time.
TC’s third beer. Hmm… what was it…
And then the night got super hazy as a fish bowl was ordered because the Yankees were losing and TC wanted it. My first ever fishbowl… thankfully, Gary showed up to drink some of it or I’d have had about half and REALLY been stumbling home on the train after this…
Yvo says: Lovely happy hour deals – check the website to see what that day’s deal is – and a great space, pretty big, lots and lots of TVs showing the game(s) that night, and the crowd isn’t quite as bad as it could be given the location. Excellent beer selection, great pub grub, and not expensive… it’s not that close to the train station, but no matter. Oh yeah, and the bartenders are pretty good eye candy, I’m told.