Drunk After Work: Cedar Creek Inn
The Place: Cedar Creek Inn, 20 Pointe Dr., Brea.
The hours: 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., daily.
The deal: Cedar Creek features a $5 martini and appetizer menu as well as $2.13 pints of draft beer.
The sauce: Cedar Creek sports a small selection of draft beers such as hefeweizen, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Anchor Steam and Stella. It's also outfitted with a full bar specializing in the mixture of various flavored martinis, including cantaloupe, pomegranate and the ever-popular lemon drop.
Since I've always considered such drinks unsuitable for a man who appreciates a good bourbon, I've never had one. But looking at the martini menu, I heard my mother's voice telling me to never be afraid to try new things. While I prefer stiff drinks with a strong bite, I also have an insatiable sweet tooth, and the lemon drop is insulin shock in a thin stemmed glass. Ringed with a rim of sugar, a person could slam these all night like fruit punch. Of course, they would feel it in the morning.
The verdict: This bar makes for a relaxing after-work environment. Instead of loud music, the room is filled with the lively chatter of drinkers and diners--a more soothing sound following a stressful day. The low price of the draft beers, however, is what makes this establishment stand out from other happy hours, and it's quite a surprise considering the Cedar Creek's refined status. The main criticism is the fried wontons: as delectable as they are, it would've been nice to have a couple more on the plate. This appetizer wouldn't be filling in the least were two people splitting an order.
The grade: B+