As a retired educator, I have the time to take advantage of the many local happy hour deals that restaurants offer to drum up business during a generally slow time of the day. Since I live on a relatively fixed income, maximum money mileage and value are important components and considerations.

But so are a restaurant’s ambience and the quality of its menu and service that produces a diner’s overall enjoyment. My friend Patty Morrison and I, during the months of July and August 2017, selected ten Perimeter Mall area restaurants to experience their happy hour menus with choices of drink and nosh offerings and compare them.

We recognize that our survey was not scientific despite serious employment of applied hands on research. Surveys of this nature are admittedly subjective; regardless, we have done our best to provide consumers with practical information for facilitating good times between the hours of 3 PM and 7 PM.

www.arnoldheller.org, my web site, is exclusively a public information site. I am not seeking compensation from the restaurants surveyed, nor endorsing them. Many local people have inquired about best happy hour deals and now they can simply read the below list and make their selection.

Restaurants are listed in order of visitations decided on whim and convenience – this is not a ranking.

Seasons 52

The Sunset Menu – served 4 to 6:30 PM – includes satisfying choices of drinks and small plates. The restaurant’s ambience is very attractive and comfortable for a mall out parcel location, the service attentive, and a sizable and interesting crowd accumulated the day of our visit, many of whom appeared to stay for dinner. I like Season’s 52’s grilled trout very much.

Fleming’s Steakhouse

Flemings is a typically comfortable beef oriented restaurant adorned with dark leather chairs and booths. The steakhouse provides a surprisingly good selection of “five for $6”, five decent choices of mixed drinks, wine, beer, or small plates or appetizers. The service was excellent and the red wine selections generous.

Westin Hotel’s Savor Bar

The hotel is located in the Concourse Office Park, Sandy Springs that is noted for its two iconic office buildings.

The Savor Bar and Grille at the Westin Hotel possesses a grand modern ambience, especially when sitting at the bar and overlooking the patio and lake. The food choice is the most limited but the drinks selection is good and the environment is special.

The Cheesecake Factory

Located at Perimeter Mall, the Cheesecake Factory is a lively happy hour (4:30 – 6:30) with a fine choice of small plates, drink possibilities, and a pretty bar and interior. The chain restaurant remains very popular with the public – at 5 PM, it was the busiest of all.

Taki Japanese Restaurant

Location: Perimeter Center Village, 4711 Ashford Dunwoody Rd.

This relatively quiet and relaxing restaurant offers good deals on Martinis, Cosmos and other drinks. The pot stickers and the spring rolls are my favorites – the two sushi rolls are a good value.

P F Chang’s

Location: Ashford Restaurant Park, Dunwoody

PF Chang’s is a popular Chinese bistro with a cool modern décor. We chose a table out on the patio overlooking Ashford Restaurant Lake. The tasty noshes, array of adult beverages, and lakeside breezes was enjoyable.

Brio Tuscan Restaurant

Located at the Ashford Restaurant Lake, Brio (4 – 6 PM) is an attractive northern Italian style restaurant. Weather permitting we suggest seating on the patio overlooking the lake and bocce courts available to diners for use. Brio offers a nice combo of ambience, good service and consistently well prepared food and drinks.

Eclipse de Luna

Location: Park Place Center, Ashford Dunwoody

This neighborhood institution with a Brazilian accent furnishes a colorful and lively atmosphere (3 – 7 PM) for imbibing, socializing and even dancing to a nightly band. The Spanish short ribs and mojitos are favorites of mine. Their famous lamb chops are not available for happy hour but there are still many tasty items to please the palate.

Sage Wood Fire Grill

Location: Park Place which is home to a second fine tapas restaurant and bar (3 – 7 PM). Noted for its neon lined bar tops and stools, Sage offers a fairly broad line of small plates and full drinks. An acoustic musician performs after 6 PM.

Pub at Perimeter

The Pub at Perimeter is an English-themed restaurant and drinking place and fills the bill with $3.25 14 oz. schooners and interesting noshes. Weather permitting we suggest patio dining to observe the masses walking by. The Pub was the least expensive establishment that we visited.

We enjoyed ourselves at all ten places – comparing them is like “apples and oranges” – they all provide favorable combinations of attractive environments, drinks and nosh offerings. The most important ingredients are sharing any of the ten places with good company and a positive attitude towards having a nice time. We believe that can be achieved without having to work too hard at it.

A bonus is the Le Meridien Hotel that does not have a happy hour program – twice a month they present from 8 – 10 PM an awesome jazz band with excellent lead singers that is a well attended local treasure flying under the radar.

It’s amazing what’s available to us within a square mile of our homes.