A few foodie friends joined me last week for a happy-hour perusal of the winter-themed additions to G. Michael's small plates menu. During happy hour, 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday in the bar area, small plates are all priced at $6 apiece. Additionally, martinis are marked down to $5, draft beers are $3 and house wines are $4 a glass.

A few foodie friends joined me last week for a happy-hour perusal of the winter-themed additions to G. Michael's small plates menu. During happy hour, 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday in the bar area, small plates are all priced at $6 apiece. Additionally, martinis are marked down to $5, draft beers are $3 and house wines are $4 a glass. Here's what we tried:

Grilled Butternut Squash with sauteed pears, fennel, onion and Swiss chard tossed with Carolina peanut vinaigrette and Maytag blue cheese, normally priced at $8. A standout dish: the pears made it taste more like a dessert, and the peanut vinaigrette was a nice, salty touch.

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with toasted almonds, gruyere, candied onions and home fries in a Dijon-maple cream, $8. I'm so glad it's Brussels sprouts season again. These are some of my favorite vegetables, especially when they're roasted until charred and slightly caramelized. Mmmm.

Pan-fried Cajun Boudin on smoked tomato, hominy and Sea Island red pea succotach and remoulade sauce, $9. This dish reminded me more of G. Mike's excellent housemade sausages than the rice-heavy boudin I spread on bread at Da Levee. The smoked tomato and the remoulade were delish.

Venison Chili with dark chocolate and cinnamon sour cream, $6. Not technically a small plate, but we tried a cup of this Cincinnati-style chili as well. Hearty and rich and perfect for cold days, if a bit too cinnamony.

And we also quite enjoyed this Duck Liver Gratin, which was actually part of G. Michael's special Dine Originals Week menu and not on the regular small plates list. It's made with smoked gouda, redskin potatoes, sage cream sauce and caramelized Vidalia onions, and it's outstanding. Who knows? Maybe it'll make the regular rotation sometime.

A few other new additions to the small plates menu:

Benne-crusted Yellowfin Tuna with spicy sorghum syrup, braised red cabbage and red pepper aioli, $10

Oyster Gratin with bacon, spinach, bell peppers and scallions in an herbed cream sauce on cornbread crust, $10

Revamped Cold Appetizer Trio with Lowcountry pimento cheese, country pate and housemade piccalili, $9

G. Michael's Bistro

595 S. Third St., German Village

614-464-0575

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