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This entry isn't so much about a favorite dish as it is a favorite Happy Hour menu. TAPS Fish House and Brewery, which just recently opened in Irvine, (in my opinion) does Happy Hour better than any other restaurant in OC. Key to this is that it lasts from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
And some of the discounts on food are substantial, and on more than just the usual Happy Hour trappings of sliders and fries.
There's for example, the tempura shrimp, delicate things paired with oil-shriveled shishito peppers and a kimchi-flavored aioli dipping sauce--one of the best things the kitchen makes. Or the four raw oysters with all the trimmings for $8. Or the charcuterie sampler that is more cost-effective than doing it à la carte.
For sure you want the well-constructed marinated beet salad with chicories, arugula and citrus-scented goat cheese, marked down $2 from the regular menu. But whatever you do, don't pass up the happy hour price of $9 for the pizzas. The pies possess perfect crusts, are embellished with unusually thoughtful toppings.
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TAPS Fish House & Brewery, 13390 Jamboree Rd., Irvine, (714) 619-0404; www.tapsfishhouse.com.
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