My Beef With Bar Snacks

Recently I have taken an informal survey into what I call the bar snack situation. Bar snacks are meant to whet the appetite. They are meant to be crunchy, salty, crisp or savory or any combination of these. Chicken wings are not bar snacks. Homemade potato chips are. Chex mix qualifies but is not terribly ambitious. Peanuts fresh from the jar, yes, they count. But bourbon pecans win. A little creativity goes a long way. Bar snacks are not meant to be complicated.

All too often I find none are offered. When you ask for them , and you shouldn’t have to ask, you get a look and then the offer of a menu. I understand that a bar would rather I order an appetizer but that is not the same thing. I might order the appetizer anyway … or dinner. But what I really want with my drink is a crunchy counterpoint. No fork or knife required. Ability to share- absolutely! Much more fun that way!  I love bar snacks. I will drink more if you offer them. Guaranteed! And isn’t that what you really want from me anyway?

Bartenders- bar owners- take note!!!!

Zucchini chips–

Mini rice balls–

Bourbon pecans–

And some not too difficult recipes for a few others.

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/09/bacon_and_cashew_caramel_corn

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/09/fried_sausage_stuffed_green_olives

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012/08/bourbon-old-fashioned-glazed-pecans-recipe.html

I realize these might take too much work – but please offer me more than stale pretzels from a long forgotten bag hidden under the counter. A little thought. A little caring. Being a good host. Isn’t that what the hospitality industry is all about?

I promise to order more than one drink!

Advertisements

About wineonmymind

Hi- My name is Faith Brickel. I hope you will take the journey with me as I explore things wine and food related. Let's celebrate life together!!
This entry was posted in Bar snacks, bars, Dining Out, Food, Life and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.