Bar bites at Bravo, Lansing

I love a good happy hour special. It’s so happy because I was not at work. I was also happy because my daughter was having an overnight with her grandparents, so my wife and I had a quiet home waiting for us, and there were a slue of $3.95 bar bites. And for $3.95, it was surprising how much food there was. Also surprising is that I didn’t take any pictures, apparently, so these items will be a mystery to you.

The Bravo in Eastwood Towne Center (it’s cool because it has the extra ‘E’) really lured Andrea and I in. Yes, there was the cheap food, but just as important were the $5 glasses of wine. We ended up getting three apiece, because we didn’t have anywhere to drive, and funny movies are even funnier with alcohol. We were going to see a movie afterwards, but we just walked there to gorge on popcorn.

We started with Caprese Salad, a nice appetizer to our appetizers, because you don’t want to rush into these things willy nilly, or nilly willy. No willies or nillies, please. A Caprese Salad is basically weeds, basil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese, but the beauty is in the simplicity. If you have good mozzarella, you have a good Caprese Salad.

Next, we went for the bottom feeders – Crispy Shrimp Napoli. But oh, those tasty sea vermin were excellent. Nice and crispy, and the mystery sauce was fantastic. You’ll want to ask for some of Bravo’s excellent bread to scoop up some of the sauce. That’s a free tip, from me to you. Don’t mention it.

Then we went healthy and tried the Cheese Ravioli Al Forno. Al Forno means something, but I don’t know what. But I do know they were good, and isn’t that all that matters? There was a lot of excess cheese sauce so I could swirl my ravioli around and collect even more cheese.

Out final dish was the Chicken, Bacon & Spinach Flatbread. Crispy and bacony, I recommend this mini elongated pizza because they weren’t shy with the meat, a very important factor in any kind of pizza-ish purchase. And there were two types of meat, and I can’t discount that in the rankings.

So Bravo has the very good happy hour specials. Go, get lots, they’re small – you can work them off tomorrow.


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