While the concept of small plates may pique some people, Adam, Alan and Le Ho’s small plates won’t because theirs come with small prices. Their happy hour menu has a lot to offer—20 items in all—and most dishes go for about $2 a pop, or sometimes $3. The La Lot (beef wrapped in betel leaves) and a plate of two crispy chicken wings (caramelized in fish sauce) will each run you less than a cup of coffee. And as you’re digging into the Ho’s crisp, crunchy, clean and mountainous bowl of julienned green papaya (on to which red onions, red bell peppers and chilled shrimp have been generously doled out), your mouth will know that it’s likely the best $3 you’ll spend all day. Of course, Luc Lac is known for its cocktail program too, and every happy hour comes with a discounted dealer’s choice (plus draft beers and house reds and whites are $1 off), but if you really wanna treat yourself, splurge for the Ho’s Hello & Goodbye (served on tap and gassed with CO₂): It’s made of light rum infused with roasted coconut water and lime. What you get is a refreshing drink with a creamy aftertaste that gets better with every sip. Or, to describe it in the word of your hosts: It’s like Sprite for adults. Beware though: They’re insanely easy to knock back. Happy hour lasts from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen, 835 SW Second Ave., 503.222.0047
Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen
835 SW 2nd Ave.
Portland OR 97204