So for eons (ok, maybe not that long) happy hour has made people smile with the offer of cheap drinks and discounted salty snacks at bars and restaurants around the country. First fallacy here: Happy hour is often longer than 60 minutes, therefore not an hour but usually two or maybe just one and a half. Second: So many times the drink “deals” are only on bottom-shelf liquor and wine of dubious origins. And the snacks? Oh that’s the Chex mix left over from last Saturday’s game crowd. Yum-o. But at TRUE in Montgomery, happy hour (which is, in fact, an hour and a half) is a real cause for celebration, be it a Tuesday or a thirsty Thursday or any day in between. Where else can you enjoy some of the capital city’s finest sidewalk scenery, stellar service, fancy schmancy craft cocktails (at a nice price) and the culinary creations of an award-winning kitchen master like Chef Wesley True?
The folks at TRUE gave me the dish on its Happy Hour and its new menu offerings, including a late night menu that the capital city desperately needed.
Jenn: Describe the new vision and new menu for TRUE.
TRUE: Beginning in August of this year, we recommitted TRUE to being the neighborhood go-to spot that it should be. To accomplish this, we all pitched in with the mindset of FUN! We created an approachable menu with Snacks, Shared Plates and new Entrees. Still keeping a seasonal, farm-to-table focus, we lightened up the menu with new favorites. It’s all about being an upbeat spot to grab a drink with friends, or share a relaxed meal later into the night.
Jenn: What motivated y’all to do a late night menu?
TRUE: We wanted TRUE to be able to fill a gap that we saw in Montgomery. There are little to no options for grabbing a late night (post 9pm) bite of food, and we thought Montgomery should do better than fast-food drive thrus. So we changed our hours to provide a place to grab something filling after a night out.
If you like it hot, the fried chicken skins doused in spicy sauce are a necessary indulgence, and you can't not order the mini street tacos: tender Asian-flavored beef with a light, crisp slaw in warm flour tortillas. Oh, and they've got fried mac 'n cheese too. Fried. Mac. And Cheese. Nuff said. Like the food menu, the drink offerings change with the seasons, so right now, look for bourbon-laced libations. Classic cocktails are always available as well.