Full, buzzed and under $10 at Sago

April 4, 2011 § 3 Comments

4600 W Guadalupe St (the Triangle)
Daily 2:30-7pm
reduced price appetizers and drinks
$$

I went to Sago Modern Mexican, located at the Triangle, on Friday with four other girlfriends and we all left more than satisfied with our meal. Their happy hour includes reduced prices for drinks and appetizers, most drinks falling under $5 and appetizers under $6. The best option they have are the 16 oz margaritas in selected flavors for $4.

Sago's hot-pink walls ring in Happy Hour

From their hot pink accented walls to the Victorian and mod décor, Sago is definitely trendy and while seemingly upscale, the menu prices are decent and during happy hour, their appetizer prices are ah-mazing.

When we arrived, we wanted to sit outside to enjoy the weather but it was full so the nice hostess put us in a private area that is sectioned off. Since we were a group of five, we opted to try every flavor of the $4 frozen margarita. The size (16 oz) was delightfully large. The group deemed the strawberry and raspberry the best. The blue was tasteless and the mango was without a hint of mango. The drinks were not strong, but since they were such a big size, the waiter jokingly said “no more margaritas for yall!” by the time it was time to get our check. The mojitos were medicore; I preferred the frozen margaritas.

16 ounces of frozen deliciousness: Sago's raspberry margarita

We decided to order several appetizers to share: deluxe tex-mex queso, stuffed nopales, quesadillas and flautas. To be honest, the free house salsa was delicious—I could have eaten that all day long. The tex-mex queso had a sharp cheedar cheese taste to it and had a strong bean flavor.  Nonetheless, it was gone in about ten minutes. The stuffed nopales dish, which was cheese and chorizo on top of a grilled cactus, was interesting at best. None of us had ever eaten cactus before, and we were all thrown for a loop when we tasted the slimy plant. It wasn’t bad nor good—we just couldn’t eat more than three bites. The quesadillas were average and so were the egg-roll shaped flautas. They tasted more like southwestern egg rolls.

Cheese and chorizo on grilled cactus

The best part of the evening was when our check came—a huge drink and tons of a food later, each of us only paid around $8. EIGHT! Next time, I would suggest ordering more drinks and fewer appetizers. The free salsa was the best dish of the night. I give Sago a definite thumbs up.

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Zocalo Cafe offers small selection of frozen drinks

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Everyday 3-6pm
$3 frozen sangria and frozen margaritas

$2.50 domestics / $3 imports
$9.99 appetizer platter

All-day drink specials on Wednesday, kitchen closes at normal hours but drinks are served until midnight
$2 frozen sangria, margaritas
$8 carafes

To kick-start this blog off, this frugal drinker is going to talk about her happy hour review of Zocalo Café, the modern Mexican restaurant located on West Lynn and 12th Street. I’ve never been to Zocalo’s, but I’ve heard good things about the food from friends and its sister restaurant, Galaxy Café, is one of my favorite places in Austin.

Frozen Margarita

I went on Wednesday to seize the $2 frozen drinks special with some friends. The moment I stepped in, the modern décor and Ikea-esque furniture definitely reminded me of the snazzy, fun décor of Galaxy Café. There was ample seating space inside and around 12-15 additional tables outside on the patio. The ordering style is a causal order-at-the-register, get a number and select a table, which I generally enjoy, but my friends and I waited in line for over 10 minutes before we finally made it to the front of the line.

Frozen sangria

The frozen drinks were served in a small wine glass. I was a bit underwhelmed by the size, but since it was only $2, I wasn’t going to complain—had it been $3 or regular price, I would opt out. The frozen sangria was well-balanced, not too diluted or wine-y, and the frozen margarita was a little more on the sweet side. Both drinks were not very strong.  The carafe is equal to, my estimate, 4-6 of the $2 drinks so if you have a larger group or want to drink more, I would suggest the $8 carafe. I think next time, I will get the frozen sangrita, which is a mixture of the two.

Overall, I give Zocalo a thumbs up for its Wednesday specials.  The atmosphere is great for a causal dinner, the service is mediocre at best, the food portion is a little under just-enough to fill you up (translation: pseudo-fancy food sizes), and the outdoor seating is a plus for this season.

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