Summer dining doesn't sound as appealing in Florida as it should and even when you take it indoors, the portions can be too large to walk off afterward.
Enter small plates on its summer menu that launched in July.
Heading into Libby's this week for a tasting preview happy hour, it's becomes more of a social hour meeting people and chatting about what's going on, and a full plate can become cumbersome in a conversation.
The small plates menu features picnic favorites Wholesome Farms Deviled Eggs and Pigs In A Blanket that has a twist of Mrs. T's Tomato Jam along with a twist on sliders.
The Handcrafted Twin Micro burgers makes so much sense, and really it's what a bar slider ought to be — tiny, packed full of flavor, but three of them won't add up to a half-pound burger at all. It's disappointing when you order a plate of sliders during a happy hour around town and you can't enjoy the beverages anymore because those sliders didn't really slide as much as shovel their way down the hatch.
Libby's Micro burgers, which go $6 for a pair, can be handled with a thumb and two fingers and perhaps three or four bites. The restaurant keeps the selection varied, including an outstanding Kobe Meatloaf Slider with Fried Velveeta and a flavorful Greek Lamb is offered as well.
They're great paired with the unique craft beers available at Libby's bar, called The L Bar. The Golden Monkey 7 from Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania that has a sneaky 9.5 percent alcohol volume. The alcohol doesn't pierce through like other beers at that level, but has a nice balance for a Belgian-inspired brew with "exotic spices." All domestic, imports and craft beers are $1 off during the 4 to 7 p.m. daily happy hour.
Feeling like wine instead? The Chakalaka is a South African wine, though its grapes are from Europe, but retains that nice dry taste filled with spices and berries that many South African wines share. You can instead opt for the $4 glasses and $15 of rosé wines during the month of August, which comes with a complimentary bar plate.
A full plate of food can be in order on those low key nights you like to spend at Libby's. Try the Bulgogi Beef soft tacos. The Korean Brown-Sugar barbecue filet tips are tender and well marinated and comes with a vegetable "Seol Slaw" and steamed Jasmine Rice along with Shitakes and avocado, all for $18.
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