Cleaning up at Dirty Blonde’s happy hour, when jalapeño poppers and other comfort food satisfy but won’t break the bank SanTan Sun News

Cleaning up at Dirty Blonde’s happy hour, when jalapeño poppers and other comfort food satisfy but won’t break the bank

August 4th, 2017 | by SanTan Sun News
Cleaning up at Dirty Blonde’s happy hour, when jalapeño poppers and other comfort food satisfy but won’t break the bank
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By Ken LaFave

Dirty Blonde Tavern is the sort of place you go when every pretense to fancy has evaporated and all you want is comfort food. We’re talking nachos, jalapeño poppers, fish ‘n’ chips, wings.

Yes, my date and I ate all four of those items in a single sitting at happy hour one recent Friday at the south Chandler destination. And we were not ashamed.

We were also not made to visit the ATM. Prices are as reasonable as a mathematical equation at Dirty Blonde. With drinks, we got out the door at less than $50 for two, including tax and tip.

But before we go on – just what is a “dirty blonde?” Our eponymous eatery features photos and drawings of Marilyn Monroe, but Monroe was not a dirty blonde. Urban Dictionary tells me “dirty blonde” means simply “dark blonde” or “blonde that looks as if it’s mixed with brown.” (Turns out all I had to do to get this was to look at Dirty Blonde’s waitresses.)

I never write “This is the best X” or “I’ve never had a Y like this” but I have to say, if there are better jalapeño poppers in the Valley, I’ve never tried them. A good popper has three things: bite (the jalapeño), crunch (the deep-fried, breaded skin), and cool smoothness – or perhaps it’s smooth coolness (the cream cheese stuffing). Usually, one outdoes the others, but Dirty Blonde had them in perfect balance. The poppers are $7.05 usually; $5 at happy hour.

You’ll notice there is no photo of the poppers accompanying this article. That’s because I ate them too fast to allow for a picture.

Five bucks at happy hour can also get you half a pound of wings or a half-order of meatless nachos, which is still large enough to satisfy two people. (For meat, add $3.50.) The nachos are the Blonde’s best-selling appetizer. Other happy hour snacks include potato skins ($5.50), mac ‘n’ cheese bites ($4), and onion rings ($4.50). Well drinks at happy hour are $3.50, and there are good deals on both draft and bottled beers.

The fish ‘n’ chips, a Friday night special at $10.95, give you a perfectly cooked, non-greasy trio of cod filets with tartar sauce and some standard-issue fries.

The back of the Blonde has a red-felt pool table and a dart board, but if you’d rather watch than do, the main room has 16 TVs showing the usual baseball, football, motocross, and – poker? I’ve never understood the attraction of watching men ruminate on the likelihood of drawing an inside straight, but maybe I’m missing something. Doesn’t matter. I’ll have another order of jalapeño poppers.

Dirty Blonde Tavern is at 4929 W. Chandler Boulevard, Suite No. 12. To learn more, call 480-753-7175 or visit dirtyblondetavern.com.

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