Class reunions are tricky: while you want to show up more mature, successful, and handsome, you still want to be recognizable as the same youthful, irresponsible, adorably disheveled dude everyone remembers from that "Time of Your Life" photo montage. Walking that line, the new Blue Parrot Bar and Grill.
Originally opened by local surfers in '81 but closed in '06, the Parrot has returned to its hole-in-the-wall corner of an East Hampton parking lot, with cleaned up wooden floors, exuberantly painted walls, a repaired outdoor garden patio, and a food & drink menu that's slightly more sophisticated, but still fundamentally intended to get you fat and...festive. Now incorporating local produce, fish, and poultry, the revamped Tex-Mex lineup includes the likes of Meatballs al Chipotle, Tequila Grilled Tuna Steak, and Blue Parrot Taquitos (chicken, beef, or shrimp); at 10pm, a bar menu offers uncomplicated face stuffers (flautas, fresh guacamole, etc), because after a certain point in the evening, you become less picky about everything. As for mental stimulation, there's a stalwart Mexican beer lineup (Dos Equis, Negra Modelo...), 15 premium tequilas (Herradura Seleccion Suprema, Don Julio 1942), sangria, and cocktails like the original Blue Parrot Margarita (served in a mason jar), the Cocojito (silver rum, cream of coconut, mint, lime), and the Que Mango: orange vodka, mango puree, and, to add a note of cloying failure, a sprig of Chris Kattan.
To play up its roots, Parrot plans on periodic screenings of classic surfer movies; they're also implementing Dirty Bird Tuesdays, with modestly discounted beer and burritos -- though boozing in an East Hampton parking lot on a Tuesday means you're currently having the time of your life being adultily irresponsible.