Red Pump Kitchen is one of my favorite downtown restaurants. Luckily they seem to like me back because they invited me in to write about their new happy hour menu! On Wednesday through Sunday from 5-7 p.m you can get small plates and drinks specials at the bar or on the patio.
On Tuscan Tuesdays they have pizzas for $7, and on Wednesdays you can bring your pooch for their own little Yappy Hour on the patio!
Red Pump makes my favorite cocktail in town – the Hickory Sap!
We tried one of each of the dishes on the menu, which made for a very happy hour!
To start the Garlic Nodo, house-tied garlic knots with a marinara for dipping.
Followed by an antipasto plate with prosciutto, mozzarella cheese, marinated artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes. I loved making little stacks on top of the toasted baguettes – the flavors all combined so well.
Next up was the wood fire cheese dip of the day. This rotates based on the chef’s choice, but we had chèvre, parmesan, and sun-dried tomatoes. Warm and gooey, this was sooooo good! Loved the tiny skillet : )
I can’t help but order shishito peppers when I see them on a menu, and these were blistered and came with a spicy aioli for dunking. I also loved dipping them in the above cheese dip! Shishitos aren’t very spicy, but they remind me of a cross between a jalapeño and green pepper in flavor.
The flatbread of the day was topped with all kind of goodness! Soppressata, parmesan, arugula. The crust was fab.
And finally, a glass of wine to pair with the dishes.
Red wine can do no wrong.
So many of you visit Cville and write me for recommendations. Right on the downtown mall, Red Pump Kitchen is a great place for Tuscan-inspired food, outdoor dining and people watching, luscious cocktails, and now, happy hour!
Thanks to Red Pump Kitchen for hosting me. I was not paid for this review but received our meal and drinks in exchange.