Drink(s) of the Week: The Ricardo's $3 Menu
On each table, there's a card proclaiming, in classic Microsoft Word wordart, "ALL DAY HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL." This is special indeed. The choices: margarita on the rocks, cuba libre, vodka tonic and brandy sangria. Each are $3, which provides a lovely contrast to most south-county Mexican restaurants $7 margaritas and well drinks.
I tried the cuba libre -- which is just a rum and coke with lime -- and the brandy sangria. Both were surprisingly strong. Which is great, because now I've got a plan: grab some friends, hit Ricardo's for dinner, order all four drinks from the permanent happy hour menu, and then stumble down Camino Capistrano to the world-famous Swallow's Inn. No matter your state of sobriety, the Swallow's cowboy crowds provide a good time, but a cheap pre-game at Ricardo's should make it a tad easier to line dance from the get-go.