Happy Hour at Central Table Food Hall: A Separate Menu to Segue From Lunch to Dinner

Pork meatballs in tomato gravy with ricotta.
The Verdict: Pork meatballs, described on the menu served with "simmered, spicy tomato 'gravy' and ricotta salad," arrived first. Right away, we couldn't help but notice that for a $9 dish, the plate only held four average-sized hunks of meat. The flavors here were nothing remarkable and especially not for the particularly high price point. All in all, the dish deemed disappointing at best.

On the contrary, the margherita pizza with San Marzano sauce and mozzarella basil parmigiano came out just right. The thin crust still felt substantial enough for the delicate toppings, and the quality justified the $8 price. The two other topping options are pepperoni and diavolo with spicy tomatoes, roasted garlic, heritage pork sausage and mozzarella.

Cheese plate with local honey, fruit jam and crostini.
The cheese plate, however, fell nearly as flat as the meatballs. The plate arrived with three hunks of unidentifiable cheese, a couple of condiment cups barely filled with sweet dipping sauces and maybe six small pieces of crostini. For $9, we could probably whip up a better plate at home.

Here's our best tip: Show up early to dinner to have a discounted drink or two, and maybe split a pizza to whet your appetite. Pass on just about everything else offered on the happy-hour menu to save room for the stuff that Central Table does well: its full dinner service.

In the Central West End.
The Rating:
On a scale of one to five...

Previously on Happy Hour Handbook:
- Planter's House
Atomic Cowboy
- Stella Blues
- Triumph Grill
- Lola
- Basso
- Blue Ocean Sushi
- Hwy 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen
- Gringo
- Jax Cafe
- Mile 277 Tap & Grill
- Sandrina's
- Mangia Italiano
- Kirkwood Station Brewing Company
- Steve's Hot Dogs on the Hill

We're always looking for some more happy hour meal deals. E-mail the author at mabel.suen@riverfronttimes.com.

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