Rioja's chef, Jennifer Jasinski, was the winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Southwest in 2013, and is a 2016 semifinalist for outstanding chef. If you haven't been here yet, what are you waiting for? "A great special," you mutter. Done. Head in Monday-Friday from 4-6pm for "Snack and Sips," Rioja's take on happy hour. It's only available in the bar, but you won't care where you're sitting once you're settled in and sampling four uniquely created snacks each paired with a wine or spirit for $15. Each week offers new flavors and pairings, so this late-afternoon stop will never be boring.
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Every day from 3-6pm, you can order up items like Humboldt's much-lauded crispy broccoli ($4), or a ham & cheese sandwich gone fancy with speck, pecorino, and mostarda jam ($6). And don't worry, there are plenty of drinks on special to wash down your meal, as well, like $4.50 craft beers, a selection of wines by the glass, and cocktails like the Orange is the New Grey ($6), an Earl Grey tea-spiked concoction.