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Happy Hour Scene: La Tapatia

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The Place: La Tapatia
1749 Richmond Ave.
713-521-3144
www.latapatiamexcafe.com

The Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Deals: House margaritas are $3; domestic beers are $2.

The Scene: There was only one other person at the bar at La Tapatia during the early hours of Thursday afternoon, but after finishing our first margarita -- the other guy was drinking one, too -- we couldn't think of a better place to be.

We've always been fascinated, or alcoholically drawn, to the Lunch Happy Hour. The thought of downing a few cheap drinks before the work day is over holds great appeal to us.

La Tapatia, near Richmond and Dunlavy, is bigger inside than we expected. There are a couple large dining areas that flank the bar, and the mural -- a trompe d'oeil, we believe -- of a Mexican bull fighting ring is a nice touch.

The happy hour at La Tapatia, which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., is a small menu but able. We had the frozen house margarita. It wasn't as strong as we'd like, but it was big, and at that price, who can really complain?

The bar also has a lengthy lunch menu until 3 p.m. We went with the standard cheese enchiladas that cost us $5.95.

The enchiladas were fairly average, but on this rainy Thursday afternoon, accompanied by a frozen margarita, they tasted perfect.

Drink Here? Not our favorite spot in town, but a solid spot to grab an afternoon drink.

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