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Large Group Happy Hour (Everett/Sno. County)

Thanks Jeri L - Lombardi's looks promising!

Apr 16, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Large Group Happy Hour (Everett/Sno. County)

Any Chowhounds aware of any restaurants with a private space available for rent for a happy hour besides Fish Brewing?

I'm going to give terracotta red and The Majestic Cafe a call, but I was wondering if there are any other spaces that come to mind.

This would be for approx. 50 people - thanks in advance!

Apr 15, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Any chow-worthy places to watch a baseball game...in West Seattle?

Fresh Bistro might be a good fit. We watched a couple Seahawks games there this past season and were the only ones there. (1 TV to person ratio including the bartender!)

We've had some off nights there, but overall, their menu is different from what you might expect at your standard sports bar and the pork belly slider is perfection.

Shadowland would be a similar rec. Lots of TVs in their bar and their happy hour menu is quite good. We stay away from the fried chicken with Ma'Ono just across the street, but have enjoyed the burger, pork lettuce boats and I've developed a craving for their fried green beans.

Have not been to the new The Bridge yet, but if menu is the same, there was a wide selection of tasty burgers with good ingredients.

Redline WS is a sports bar across from where The Bridge was on Avalon but I have not had a chance to try their kitchen yet.

Apr 11, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

A Most Expensive Piece Of Pizza

Definitely expensive and sad since we live approximately 20 steps away.

FWIW though, Seattle doesn't seem to be a takeout slice kinda town anyway. On that stretch of California, neither Pagliacci's nor Talerico's sell to-go slices.

Bakery Nouveau does, but it's more on par with Quadratto's square, thick style.

Downtown, there's Delaurenti's, also in the before-mentioned thick camp...

Feb 18, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Best Value-to-Price Ratio in Seattle?

I'll second the Jak's Grill entrees.

Also on California Ave in West Seattle:
Talerico's $4 14' happy hour slices

Ma'ono's $20 Half Chicken (We always leave with leftover rice and 1 or 2 pieces).

West 5's $7 large ($2 more than the small) happy hour Nachos often serve as a meal for the two of us.

Jan 16, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Aragona

Thanks @eqinoise for starting this thread! We went for dinner on NYE and I've been hoping to get something up but the details are "fuzzy"...

Our res was 8:45pm but folks just didn't want to leave so we hung out at the bar for 15 minutes or so. Sad that the best views are from the bar; the dining area is quite something. Service was a little slow but they were slammed.

We did not get the geoduck (big regret there) but thoroughly enjoyed the Salpicón de ostras y pera
(Cool salad of Shigoku oysters, Asian pear and endive), Remojón de rábanos y naranja (Autumn remojón: salt cod with radish, orange, mint and egg), the octopus & the above-mentioned Coliflor and beef cheeks.

Each dish was the perfect amount of bites between 4 people. We skipped dessert in lieu of a large coffee carafe and got out just in time for fireworks.

We stuck largely to the wine list, so I'm ready to go back and sample their G&Ts (apparently the unofficial Spanish cocktail?).

Carrie of Top Chef was expediting in full view and obliged us (and many others) with a pic. She's a real talent and
SPOILER ALERT

was very gracious considering she got kicked off in that week's episode.

Jan 13, 2014
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Good breakfast and Seahawks

Thanks @kaleokaku & @Jeri L

I was nervous about snagging one of the booths at The Five Point in time, so we planned on The Attic (our standard spot post-dip at Madison Beach).

Unfortunately, life had other plans as I rolled my ankle while running to catch a Rapid Ride after a v. long lunch at Loulay and I've been stuck on the couch ever since.

Thank goodness for online shopping and Met Market hot food takeout!

Dec 15, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Good breakfast and Seahawks

Any updated spots for an early Hawks game and breakfast? Downtown would be preferable.

Metropolitan Grill's Seahawks Sunday Brunch looks good (http://www.themetropolitangrill.com/m...) but is probably too rich for our blood when you factor in a couple drinks.

BOKA has a blog post from a similar brunch event last year. I see they were voted "best hotel breakfast" but IMO that's a pretty dubious distinction. Their happy hour was OK from what I recall.

The divier, the better.

Dec 13, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

The Walrus and the Carpenter or The Whale Wins?

Had a super MEH night at Whale Wins last Sat. night and I wish I had known about the temperature situation before. Is this a well-known thing? If not, I'm surprised they don't mention it on their website...

What little food we got was OK: large clams had maybe 3 fingerling potatoes total but red sauce was good, pork shoulder was seasoned well but pretty fatty, and the lamb tartare was quite good.

However, the service was a perfect storm of bad. They forgot our roast chicken and instead offered to comp some desserts. We repeatedly had to flag down other servers to get the bread we ordered (after waiting an acceptable 15 minutes or so for it) and another bottle of wine. We were seated by the sink in the far back of the restaurant and a couple of glasses were broken right on top of us with no word from anyone, so we called it a night.

Really hoping it was an off night. For now, waiting for the Walrus seems to be the much better option.

Nov 19, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Panos Kleftiko has closed!

Sad! Panos was always our go-to (while living in Queen Anne) over Athina Grill.

I'll be interested to find out if this was a lease issue or not. Seems that condo buildings are the only thing that can survive there these days...

Oct 27, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

A few nice places that serve bread and butter with the meal - no charge.

How was Le Zinc otherwise? I'm hoping to stop by tomorrow for happy hour...

Oct 24, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Coming up from Seattle in October: mind reviewing my food itinerary?

St. Regis Fine Wine & Spirits. We thought it would've been next to the St. Regis hotel, but it was more like right under it!

Oct 22, 2013
mcmullek in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Coming up from Seattle in October: mind reviewing my food itinerary?

Hello all,

We had a great time, ate like kings and I wanted to report back.

Rushing to Richmond right after the bus didn't seem like the best idea, so we checked in to our hotel and then meandered out to find a liquor store. Google Maps didn't mention it would be underground in a T station, so by the time we found it, we were quite hungry and the Dinky Dogs across from the liquor store did the job.

Friday dinner at Guu with Garlic was both delicious and fun. We had a short wait for counter seats and my somewhat adventurous husband did OK with the cabbage & octopus pancake and hard-boiled egg in squash. Fortunately there was a fried pork tenderloin to keep him happy too and some tuna sashimi that I remember every bite of. Sapporo pitchers at $18 apiece were a great deal too.

Saturday breakfast we checked out The Templeton. They only had one waitress so service was spotty, but we wanted a non-hotel breakfast and we got it. My mangled eggs were yummy and it held us over until late-lunch at The Fish House.

The Sea-Bus to regular bus to Lynn Canyon Park was a wonderful rec - thanks! We bused & trained the whole weekend and didn't hop in a cab once. The park was beautiful and it was nice to get some hiking in to offset our meals.

Connecting to a dif. bus on the way back I spotted a Siegel's bagels for Sunday breakfast in our hotel room - score!

We overshot The Fishhouse on our walk into Stanley Park, but eventually found it.* It looks like it's not too positively received on this Board, but they had a decent Fish and Chips lunch special and it was quite convenient being in the Park. However, my clam chowder, albeit good, had a microwave skin on top when it came out of the kitchen. For their "fine dining" vibe, I was pretty surprised.

Saturday night dinner we switched our Boneta reservation to L'Abbatoir because I wanted birthday scallops. It was quite an operation, really delicious and quick! We didn't order any starters, so we were in and out in an hour. No Anniversary treatment (although we noted it in our Open Table reservation) so you win some, lose some.

We finished dinner so early, we decided to bar-hop. Bambudda's cocktails were a real highlight. I was surprised to read afterward that it was so new. The Charlie Chaplain and New Fitzgerald (I think) were really refreshing and not too sweet like many apricot/rose-infused cocktails can be.

Bartender recommended dessert at Salt, which I had been hoping to do before dinner and was perfect. We did a sherry and cheese flight and we're beyond stuffed.

Overall, we had a great time but were a bit bummed the fog was so thick despite the sunny forecast. At least in Seattle, when the forecast says it'll be sunny it is. ;)

*With no cell phones, I'm surprised that was the only real "lost" moment.

Oct 21, 2013
mcmullek in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Coming up from Seattle in October: mind reviewing my food itinerary?

Thanks all - we're set on getting ourselves around in terms of transpo. The bike plan was from my first post awhile ago.

My husband is somewhat food adventurous, but I fear without some eggs and breakfast meat spot on Saturday, I'll lose him.

Luc sounds perfect, albeit a bit of a hike from the Hyatt. Or just saving ourselves for Big Lou's- thanks @grayelf!

Any thoughts re: Guu or Zakkushi?

Oct 12, 2013
mcmullek in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Coming up from Seattle in October: mind reviewing my food itinerary?

Thank you Chowhounds for your dining suggestions and the Lynn Canyon mention - fingers crossed for some nice weather!

Below is my updated itinerary. I'm having trouble nailing down Friday late lunch in Richmond and dinner downtown. I know the options mentioned are probably quite different, but we're flexible on cuisine, so any deciding factors would be appreciated!

Also, Richmond eats on the Board are overwhelming, so I based my choices off of a Seattle Times article. Steer me in the right direction if I'm off!

Friday: Bolt Bus arrives at 2pm, drop stuff off at hotel and Zipcar to Richmond
Friday Lunch: Richmond: Cattle Cafe for hot pot or Wang Shun Ge?
Head back to hotel to freshen up
Friday Dinner: Guu or Zakkushi?

Saturday Breakfast: Deacon’s Corner
Saturday Lunch: Get takeout sammies from Finchs, Stanley Park, then Lynn Canyon Park
Saturday Pre-Dinner Drinks: Bao Bei or Bambuddah
Saturday Dinner: Boneta and drinks at Calabash Bistro afterwards

Sunday Breakfast: Rosemary & Rock Salt bagels at Siegels
Sunday lunch before 2pm bus: Lunch?, then Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Gardens

Oct 11, 2013
mcmullek in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Meant to write about The Innkeeper, so thanks for your reminder- hopefully your persistence will pay off!

They are open daily and I've enjoyed their Moscow Mules in the past. It appears that the beer list has some rotating taps too and the food menu is pretty extensive.

The Belltown space is v. roomy with a wide-open bar that rarely gets too busy and is in direct sight line of the TV.

Aug 30, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Football, Craft Beer & Elevated Pub Fare?

Stopped by for happy hour last week and wanted to report back.

The space was open, airy and felt wonderful after the walk from the ID in the heat.

The cocktail list had some St. Germain and mezcal concoctions and the wine list impressed my companion who has quite the palate.

We got a gratis piece of the Chocolate-dipped bacon and, as much as I did not want to feed the bacon hype machine, it was good.

The house-made garlic roll was yummy but, as always, we could've used a bit more burrata. The wings were a bit of a splurge for the small portion, but seriously, fell off the bone and tasted heavenly. We wondered if they were sous-vide?

In any case, they seem to be a good addition to the Belltown area. I'm bummed we're not as close as we used to be!

Aug 13, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Queen Anne rumors?

We're no longer in QA (now West Seattle), but I still occasionally check the Queen Anne View.

Sadly it looks like they only mention one new spot...

The Masonry: http://www.queenanneview.com/2013/08/...
(Pizza I know, but they'll have growlers, which seemed missing from QA when we were there.

)

In terms of Greek, have you tried Panos Kelftiko? We only went a couple times but I recall that it fulfilled our craving for Greek.

Aug 09, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Coming up from Seattle in October: mind reviewing my food itinerary?

Thanks for checking those hours and @grayelf for the original suggestion. Next time for sure!

We're rather obsessed with Rumba: new'ish rum spot in between downtown and the Cap Hill neighborhood, so might pass on Calabash Bistro.

Finch's looks perfect though for some sammies to bring to Lynn Canyon for a break after trekking around.

Aug 08, 2013
mcmullek in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Coming up from Seattle in October: mind reviewing my food itinerary?

Thanks a million - this is beyond helpful!

I think Boneta is def. our Sat. night spot and Diamond looks more our speed (their "under construction" site is better than most bar sites I've seen, which seems to be a Vancouver trend...).

Zakkushi is even closer to the park, so that's perfect too.

Lynn Canyon is equally jaw-dropping & gorgeous...is it actually free?

Yup, we're Bolt bussing!

Thanks again - truly appreciate it.

Aug 07, 2013
mcmullek in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Coming up from Seattle in October: mind reviewing my food itinerary?

Hi folks,

We’re Seattleites celebrating my bday/our anniversary in Vancouver this upcoming late October. I’m planning ahead a. because I have not visited BC since a “spring break” trip in college and b. my work schedule ramps up in a couple weeks and I won’t have the time to pore over menus.

We plan to walk/cab when needed and are staying at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Only touristy/excursion thing we’re planning on is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. (Looks like the shuttle doesn’t run after 9/30. Any idea what that bike ride might be like from downtown?)

Ideally, we’d like one nice meal on Saturday night and the rest, we’re fine with delicious & cheap eats- please let me know what we might be missing!

Rough plan...

Friday dinner: Grab some Japanese on a walk back from Stanley Park: Kingyo, Gyoza King or Hapa Izakaya? Or would one of the Guus be better?

Sat. Breakfast: Joe’s Grill or Rosie’s on Robson?

Sat. Lunch: Food at the Bridge looks like a miss; any rec’s for some takeout or sandwiches that we could bring with us?

Sat. Dinner: Fancy meal: Le Crocodile or Boneta? Boneta seems more our style but I’m a sucker for authentic French (spent a year in Toulouse).

Post Dinner bar: Chill Winston? Other Gastown spots?

Sunday breakfast: Walk to Granville Island: Bagels at Siegels? (Currently living in the Seattle bagel vacuum.) Other snacks we should grab for the Bolt Bus ride home?

Sunday late lunch: Would be good to stick near Pacific Central station. Kirin on 12th? Sadly Bao Bei is only open for dinner and looks like it would've been perfect.

Also, I’m bummed to miss the Chinese Night Market - any Fall attractions that should be on our list?

Thanks so much!

Aug 07, 2013
mcmullek in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

food wars, redux- 5 point v. 5 spot

Although I have not yet been to 5 Spot in some time, I think they're a bit hard to compare.

5 Spot is v. kid-friendly (being on Queen Anne hill and all). They rotate some their menu items based on a certain region, which might be why I can't recall any specific, go-to items that I've enjoyed.

5 Point on the other hand is my go-to for fried Beecher's cheese curds during their happy hour, CFS (chicken fried steak) anytime and hot roast beef platter on cold days. It is diner food at it's finest with cheap pitchers and jukebox people watching as a plus.

If you can't tell, I'm a fan.

Aug 02, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle
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New Yorkers coming in August

+1

Jul 16, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Cronut

Not local, but here's a list of worldwide Cronut knock-offs: http://eater.com/archives/2013/06/12/...

Jun 14, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

City Kitchens R.I.P. ??

My husband used to rent out a workspace in this building. The company he rented from had to move down a couple floors after their lengthy lease ended and the rent per square foot skyrocketed, so I'd suspect the same for City Kitchens.

May 17, 2013
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Edgar's Cantina (Safeco Field)

It was a Travelzoo deal so we spent more on food than the tickets! I'm from Baltimore, so I take part in any chance to root on the Away team. Of course, the Ms were/are on a streak...

In terms of chowder, I'm more of a New England fan. However, it's taken me 28 years to prefer Maryland Crab soup over Cream of Crab so I can be convinced re: a tomato-based broth.

May 03, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Edgar's Cantina (Safeco Field)

Tried it out at the Os-Mariners game Monday night and wanted to report back.

The cocktails, created by Rob Rob, were yummy and albeit expensive but well made and boozy. It was nice to have another option before moving on to the big beers.

We had the chicken torta, which had a decent-sized amount of avocado but not enough refried beans IMO. Too full for the nachos, but they seemed to be a huge hit. Also on the menu, pork, carne asada and carnitas tacos which I'm looking forward to trying.

Of course, nothing was as good as the piping hot Ivar's calm chowder we resorted to getting after freezing our butts off in our practically empty section. Don't mention this upcoming Monday's forecast to me...

May 02, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Seattle seems to be lacking good Breakfast Burritos...

They might be a bit more basic than what the OP is looking for, but we enjoy the breakfast burritos at Easy Street Cafe's pretty much every weekend:

http://easystreetonline.com/cafe/

May 02, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle

Irish Growlers

The Beer Junction in W. Seattle rotates their drafts and publishes their inventory on their site. They're always pretty helpful & make recommendations.

What's on the menu?!

Mar 10, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle
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Best Burger in Seatown?

Pretty sure McDonald's patties are frozen and Dick's aren't.

I agree with @kaleokahu; Dick's is not an all-the-time spot, but it's a solid local and cheap fast-food option that uses fresh ingredients without inducing supply-chain guilt or tummy trubs.

Jan 28, 2013
mcmullek in Greater Seattle