Happy Hour at Fins

Excellent seafood and decent drinks at an affordable price make this hour very happy indeed. Craving some fresh seafood, I stumbled across Fins Seafood, Sushi, and Grill (2810 Westheimer Rd.). Housed in the former Rickshaw location, Fins is a very tranquil restaurant decorated in muted tones and rich textures.

I arrived around 6:30 on a Monday evening and had the bar to myself for awhile. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful and even handed me the remote so that I could watch whatever I wanted on television while I waited for my food. In the mood for a sweet drink, I went with a $5 watermelon mojito that was tasty and packed quite a punch. They also had several other cheap cocktails to choose from, as well as specially priced wines and beers.

To satisfy my hunger, I asked for a plate of the amazing salt and pepper shrimp ($5), as well as a Shaggy Dog roll. The salt and pepper shrimp are lightly coated in panko and fried until crispy, served with a mountain of sautéed peppers and onions. This is a dish that hits all your tastebuds: slightly sweet, a little spicy, crunchy exterior, tender shrimp. I am addicted to the stuff. And the portion is big enough that you could easily make a meal out it.

The Shaggy Dog roll ($4) was a mixture of shrimp tempura, avocado and spicy mayonnaise topped with a thick layer of crab. Though I was already full from the salt and pepper shrimp, I couldn't stop myself from eating the whole roll. The crab lent a nice sweetness that complemented the spiciness of the sauce. And the sticky rice was excellent with the crispy shrimp. Fins happy hour runs 4-7 p.m. with an additional reverse happy from 9-11 on select days.

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