Thursday, November 28, 2013

Bumpers Bar & Grill

21935 NE Halsey Street
Fairview, OR
Happy Hour: 3 - 6 and 9 - close, Monday through Saturday
ALL DAY Happy Hour: 9 AM - 10 PM, Sunday
bumpersgrill.com

Fairview is not the most conveniently located place, so suggesting Bumpers Bar & Grill for happy hour might not seem ideal UNLESS you work in East County. Which we do. And after one of the longest shortest weeks of the school year, happy hour seemed like an absolute necessity. Happy Hour the day before Turkey day might also seem less than ideal, but I found it to be a great way to prepare. I ate more than I should have and that will help me eat more than I should again.


Bumpers has one of those tiered menus, with prices ranging from three to five dollars. Drinks are discounted, too. They have discounts on beer and wine, well drinks, and margaritas. The back of the menu boasts half-price martinis, but they're only available on Tuesdays (note to self...).

We stopped in after school (and long before the dinner rush) to find plenty of seating in the bar. It wasn't empty, but it didn't really start to fill up until we were on our way out. The servers were attentive and the food came out almost too fast. It was all quite remarkable.




The only disappointment was the inconsistency of the food options. Or, rather, the inconsistency of the value of those food options. They had great onion rings, perfectly good waffle fries, a decent french dip, and more. But when comparing the burger (served WITH fries for only four dollars) to the quesadilla that resembled something I could have made in the microwave when I was eight (for three dollars) things just didn't seem to match up. The tiered pricing is great, but some of the low dollar items aren't worth even that without a little dressing up, if you know what I mean. A spoonful of sour cream, a ramekin of salsa, or even a sprinkling of green onions would have been enough to make this seem worth the effort. It's great that they have so much to offer, but you really need to know what not to order when walking in the door with such a mishmash of options (again, note to self...).

I'm not opposed to returning to Bumpers. I just need to go in a little more informed, that's all. And, after one visit, I know that much more.

Food: Nearly Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Meets

-b


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