Fine dining restaurant offers a high class happy hour
When most people think of j.james, it’s probably for a special occasion dinner or a fancy night out on the town. But that need not be the case anymore. Between 5 and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can enjoy that special atmosphere while holding onto a little more of your money.

Eschewing the traditional trappings of happy hour, j.james stays classy by calling it “casual hour and a half.” The menu is short but full of tantalizing, out of the ordinary food and cocktails. Plus, certain wines by the glass are only $4, a significant step down from the ordinary prices.

The cocktails range from classic martinis to the apple infused, and aptly titled, “Big Apple” to a unique concoction called “The Journalist.” All of the drinks we sampled were strong and flavorful, not to mention served full to the brim. The excellent selection of wines by the glass saves enough money that it’s hard not to splurge in the food realm.

The food options reflect the same seasons and flavors as the regular menu, but are far from ordinary bar munchies. The chive risotto was cheesy and flavorful, and paired nicely with a cup of broccoli cheddar soup. But by far the best option was the salmon fritters, fried to perfection and served in a hot, heaping pile. The portion was big enough for a party of four, and was the perfect accompaniment to the sweet cocktails.

So the next time you’re tempted to hit the same old bar, or just stick to a glass of wine at home, forgo the traditional happy hour and give j.james a try. It may be a mouthful to say “casual hour and a half,” but the prices and the quality are definitely worth it.