Ebb & Flow was one of a slew of new restaurants to open this past winter. It occupies the space on Commercial Street that was formerly the home of Spread, a happy hour spot were sad to see go. Yet we were excited to see what the new owners would do with the space.
Happy hour was from 4-6pm Monday through Thursday so it took us a few weeks till we could all get together, but there’s no better way to observe a Monday holiday than by checking out a new happy hour. They recently expanded happy hour to Friday, which earns hearty cheers from us and we’ll be sure to return when the patio area is open. The specials are some of the best around with $3 off glasses of wine, $2 off drafts, and a $5 well cocktails. They also have a featured cocktail on special. Then there are the tapas. Usually with happy hour they bring out tapas or a small bite free! Our first visit we had warm cherry tomatoes with parmesan, sugar beets with goat cheese drizzled with olive oil, warm shishito peppers, and crispy prosciutto with stewed figs and balsamic. They were all amazing. The peppers in particular were a revelation. Normally I’m not a fan of peppers but I’m game to try things at least once. These were delicious! They taste fresh and green, almost a pea like flavor rather than a pepper flavor. So good and I can’t wait to get them again!
For drinks we ordered up glasses of wine. Normally they are priced between $7 and $8 so with $3 off you can get a great glass of wine for a great price. The Albarino from Spain was particularly good. Crisp with just a hint of sour.
One great thing we loved about Spread was the large, semi circular bar so we were really excited Ebb and Flow kept it while updating to their own style. It makes the space feel open and inviting while at the same time allowing for comfortable conversation with friends. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. They are happy to explain what’s on your plate or help you choose the best drink for you.
We liked the happy hour at Ebb and Flow so much, that we’ve already been back before getting this review done. The second visit just proved that it was no fluke. Delicious wines and free bites, albeit not quite as plentiful as the first time, make for an enjoyable happy hour. This time we were given a bite of brie topped with compote and a small basil leaf.
We definitely recommend checking out happy hour at Ebb and Flow. They’ve got a special to please any palate. It’s nice to add to the places around town to be able to get a nicer glass of wine for a great price. We’ve got nothing against a good house wine, but we like to change it up. It’s a great place to meet friends or colleagues, take family, or meet up with someone special. In all seasons Commercial Street is a busy place, even more so with the coming tourist seasons so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time if you need to park.