Muddy Leak - Happy Hour
by Tara Redfield
May 11th, 2013
You know who has been impressing me a lot lately? Culver City. I was already a fan of Waterloo & City and A-Frame, then I was swept off my feet by The Corner Door, and now, Muddy Leek has got me crushing! Recently, I tried their happy hour offerings and that was enough of a tease to get me fantasizing about what dinner would be like. Original plates and memorable drinks have stayed in my mind night after night...mmm.
The restaurant and bar atmosphere was chipper and full of light. Large windows spilled sun-glow onto the tables...at least until the sun slipped into the concrete and palm trees for the night. I was comforted by the vibe: casual, clean, and smart. The cool, marble bar counter rested under my arms while I waited for the spoils.
The biggest turn on for me was the Chicken Fried Bacon. Need I say more? Delicious thick-cut, smokey, savory, crispy bacon fried in a light batter topped with a sweet tomato chutney...I don't know what other words I can say. I was with other people so I couldn't eat the entire plate, but Lord did I want to!
I also got to try the Grilled Cheese with Speck and Manchego, the Merguez Hot Dog, the Leek Pizzette with Bacon and Potato, and the Venison Corndog. Have you ever seen these items on a happy hour menu? I haven't. I was impressed with the unique culinary selection . I mean, Venison? C'mon!
Draft beer and house wine are offered at the happy hour prices of five and six dollars, but the specialty cocktails are not...but sometimes you gotta live dangerously. The Italian Mule was absolutely my favorite specialty cocktail. A fire-y mixture of vodka, amaro meletti, lime, ginger and soda. A slightly different twist from the Moscow Mule and with a sharper edge. This is something I would like to drink glasses and glasses of on a warm summer night.
I also sampled the Sr. Clarita. Mezcal, jalapeno, cucumber and lime. Has anyone else noticed that Mezcal is everywhere? The intense smokey essence might be too much for some to handle. I like it, because I don't like, but I'm determined to...if that makes any sense! I love a challenge!
I can't neglect the few sips I also had of the Blind Lemon Jefferson. I love the name. Simple: rye, lemon and bitters. I don't know what else to add here, I have no complaints!
Happy Hour at Muddy Leek was like being wrapped in the world's softest bed sheets. I didn't want to get out! Now that we are slowly but surely shifting into summer, I absolutely think that Muddy Leek is worth having a fling with. Do it!
8631 W Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Tuesday - Friday, 4pm - 6pm