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Edamame lends these falafel bites their green hue.

HS Green Fresh Food Kitchen may get its name from the owner's daughters Hannah and Sophia, but the health-focused restaurant is getting an adult new spin with the launch of a ramped-up happy hour.  The "Bites + Sips" menu is served from Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the restaurant in the shopping center at the corner of Richmond and Sage near the Galleria.

With the HS Green's ample bar, it makes perfect sense to aim to attract a bar crowd. But at a restaurant where the mission is to "do something good," what does happy hour fare mean? Ranging in price from $2.50 to $6, HS is offering smaller, but still decently sized smaller plates with selections like Truffle Cheese Pizza (only $5), Pickle & Jalapeño Fries with jalapeño ranch sauce (yes it’s fried, but we can indulge every now and then), and blackened shrimp with mango pico de gallo ($6).  With more than a dozen selections among its happy hour sustenance, HS provides a well-rounded selection of options and solutions for your gluten-free or vegan happy hour buddies. There are also leaner options, including spicy edamame, chicken satay, and quinoa-and-edamame falafel bites.

And the sips? As with the wild-caught salmon and cage-free eggs that populate the food menu, selection is a key part of HS's drink menu. That includes 12 wines by the glass and over a dozen beers to choose from at happy hour. The wine list has a varied selection of rosé, red blends and some whites on the sweeter side whites. For the hop lovers, HS has a good sampling of St. Arnold, Karbach and 8th Wonder beers. Note they also carry Lone Pint Yellow Rose IPA—it just isn’t discounted for happy hour. During happy hour, all wines by the glass are $5 and all beer (except for the Yellow Rose) is only $3. 

So far HS is coming out of the gate pretty strong with their happy hour menu with a great deal for the price, ample selection and nothing too bad for you…although they do have dessert on the regular menu. Sure, alcohol adds calories, but when you're eating light, it feels a little bit more virtuous.

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