One of the benefits of being in a recession is daylong happy hour prices at Fonda. Every day, any time, you can get select $6 cocktails and appetizers at the tapas bar on Solano in Albany. Cocktails are all Latin-American inspired with ingredients like jicama and Serrano chiles, and appetizers include standards such as chips and guacamole ($6) and spicy chicken wings ($6).
While the drink specials are great, be careful with the appetizers since they are served as tapas, which means they may not be worth the price and can add up quickly. My favorite dish is the tender duck tacos with guacamole, pomegranate seeds and arbol salsa ($7.50). Everything else on the happy hour menu is average, but I would avoid the Fonda wings and Cuban mini-burger. The wings taste like frozen Foster Farm wings with chili powder seasoning, and while good, the mini-burger should not be $6.50 when you get only one slider.
Despite the lackluster food, I keep returning to Fonda because it is one of the few places I can get a drink and food at 11 p.m. Monday. You just have to know what to order
1501 Solano Ave., Albany