Radiator Whiskey

Radiator Whiskey


Radiator Whiskey was discovered after going to Matt’s Place in Pike’s Place Market. The restaurant can be hard to find, as you have to go up stairs in the Market with very little signage. Use your phone for directions.

We walked in at about 6:30 PM on a Friday and it was packed full of people. This place is a bit small with standing room for drinks only on the left and a sit-down area on the right. The tables are very close together so be prepared for that. We were greeted right away as we sat down with a very friendly server who went over the specials clearly and made everything sound amazing.

I ordered the Tots for an appetizer, which has an egg and gravy. How can you go wrong with that combination! I also ordered corn with amazing spices to share with Ryan. Take a look at the picture… your mouth will start watering.

For our meals, we both ordered the debris sandwich. This included pulled pork, smoked cheddar, fried egg and chili cheese Fritos. Yes, sounds like it could be weird tasting, but it has the best flavor and you will not go home hungry. If you come during Happy Hour, you can get the sandwich for $8 instead of $13.

A few notes about the space itself: it can get very loud, it can be very warm in the summer as there is no air conditioning, and the bathrooms are down the hall that is shared by many restaurants.

I have been to this place a few times and will be back soon!

Happy Eating and Exploring!


Ratings (1-5):

Overall: 4

Atmosphere: 3.5 – Cramped inside and can be loud.

Food Quality: 5 – I love the food and my taste buds are always happy.

Services: 5 – Very friendly service and people!

Bikeability: n/a – I did not scope this out, although it is in a touristy area.

Dog Friendly – Dogs are not allowed.


Admiral Bird – West Seattle

Admiral Bird – West Seattle


This was a pleasant surprise to find in West Seattle in the Admiral district. Ryan suggested we try something new and I am always up for that. He saw a sign for waffle bar and that’s what convinced us to go. When you see it from the outside you may confuse it for a flower shop as there is one sign that says Flower Lab and another that says the Admiral Bird.  This place has a flower shop with gifts in back and the restaurant in front. So don’t be fooled!

The seating area is small with only a few tables for parties more than 2. We had 3 people with us at 9:30AM on a Saturday and snagged a 4 top table by the window. It was the only table left, so lucky us.  The restaurant was very cold, but the coffee was good and warmed me up quickly.  The coffee is self-serve and did run out once. It was filled quickly after they were informed.

I ordered the waffle with chili and cheddar on it. It came out just as I would have hoped; a waffle overflowing with chili and cheese. The chili is homemade with many different ingredients including chickpeas, carrots, beans, etc.  I finished the entire meal, but wished there was a side of bacon or fruit. That would have made the meal perfect. The food came out in a reasonable time by a friendly worker.

I would love to go back and try other options on the menu as they are not your typical breakfast meals and they are well priced at $11.00 or less. They had so many different styles of waffles, including waffles with bacon in the batter. They also had breakfast sandwiches.

Maybe I’ll see you there soon!

Happy Eating!

Ratings (1-5):

Overall: 4 – I would come back and try something new.

Atmosphere: 3 – Cramped inside and very cold.

Food Quality: 4 – Great waffle with lots of homemade chili.

Services: 5 – This is a restaurant where you order at the counter and they bring your food. Someone else order for me and the food came out in a decent time. He said everyone was very friendly.

Bikeability: 4 – there is a bike rack just to the right of the store. You cannot see your bike from the restaurant though.

Dog Friendly – Dogs are not allowed.

Vacation from Seattle: Leavenworth

I recently went to Leavenworth with Ryan and my big Golden Retriever, Rinzler. The two hour journey from Seattle was well worth time, even when we were sitting in traffic for 20 minutes. I just wanted to point out 2 restaurants that I thought are worth going to. So here are the reviews:

South Restaurant:


We were wandering around looking for somewhere that wasn’t completely packed on a Friday evening in July. We stumbled across South and were so glad we did. We were seated right away. The meal prices were moderate ranging from 8 – 17 dollars. The server asked if we wanted chips and salsa, so of course we ordered it. Who is going to turn down homemade chips? We did not realize those chips would cost us 7 dollars later as the server did not mention this.

I ordered a Cubano Burrito. It had all the normal fixing of a burrito with the addition of fried banana for $11.95. Fried bananas in burritos is like grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup, amazing. It came with a cabbage salad side, which was pretty bland but edible. It also came with more homemade chips, so we probably didn’t need the initial basket we ordered.

I also ordered an Icicle Brewing amber brew. Surprisingly, it was very good with a nice light malty taste and not too dark, perfect for the 80 degree weather we were hanging out in.

The server was very young and seemed unfocused. She barely checked on our table and was pushy to give us our check. I was only halfway done when she gave the bill to us. Although, I believe other servers were on their game as the restaurant was bustling. I wouldn’t let this one incident deter you from trying South.

Ratings (1-5):

Overall: 4 – Recommended

Atmosphere: 3.5 – Slightly noisy due to the place being crammed. We sat in the aisle where lots of people were walking back and forth.

Food Quality: 5 – Yum!

Services: 3 – The server was distant and not very communicative.

Bikeability: n/a

Dog Friendly – Dogs are not allowed

Watershed Café:


We passed by the Watershed Café for dinner, but decided it was a bit too pricey for us. We did notice a brunch that is only served on Sunday that was reasonably priced. Brunch is our thing! We were sat immediately outside on the deck on a warm Sunday morning and drank our delicious coffee. Our server was prompt and very informed of the menu.

Ryan decided to go healthy and order the egg white omelet (right above). I went the other direction and ordered the biscuits and gravy. Both meals were made from fresh local ingredients and sure tasted like it. My sausage gravy was thick and delicious. The spices in it were perfect. My homemade biscuits were fluffy and fit well with the gravy.  It also came with melon, home fries, and a side of eggs. I wish I could have the recipe for all of it, but I know I would never be able to make it like they did.

Ratings (1-5):

Overall: 4.5 – Recommended for brunch, dinner is very pricey.

Atmosphere: 5 – Nice deck with shade to relax on.

Food Quality: 5 – Yum!

Services: 5 – The server was knowledgeable and available.

Bikeability: n/a

Dog Friendly – Dogs are not allowed.

Macrina Bakery (Sodo)

Hi All! 

Sorry for the long gap in my posts, hopefully I can be better in 2016. This post is about Macrina Bakery. Check out their about page, they have a cool background on getting started.

Located on 1st avenue near the Starbuck headquarters, I had driven past this place many times and finally decided to stop for brunch when my parents were in town from Michigan. It was a Saturday morning around 10:30am.

There are 2 entrances when you walk in and it can be confusing on where to order. We were there when it was bit busy and it was pretty tight. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Luckily, we were able to snag a table for the 4 of us (Ryan included).

I ordered the Market Special, which can change often. Mine was “Omelet of roasted cauliflower, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and fontina garnished with roasted tomato-caper purée. Served with herb-roasted potatoes, fresh fruit and Fresh Herb toast.” Please note this description is from http://macrinabakery.com/brunch-menu.php . This is also where you can see all of their offerings. The omelet was delicious. I like ordering things I could never make at home and this was one of those items. If you love veggies, you will like this choose.

My dad ordered the Housemade Granola Parfait. I had a taste and was pleasantly surprised at the flavor and additives offered for the yogurt. If you are looking for a smaller meal this would be a good choice.

If you are looking for larger meal I would recommend the French Toast. Just take a look at the picture posted with this post and you will see why. How it looks, is how it tastes. Thick pieces of French toast, topped with real whipped cream and berries; with a side of sausage. Ryan loved it and so did I, although he did not want to share very much with me.

Overall I would recommend Macrina Bakery. It is a unique bakery local to Seattle, with only one other location in Belltown. The Sodo location can get quite busy, so I would recommend going early or later after the brunch hour. The service time is reasonable given the amount of business and the staff was friendly.  The place can be hard to navigate with ordering and finding a place to sit and it was quite loud in the bakery, but the food makes up for all that. I will be back!

Ratings (1-5):

Overall: 4.5 – Highly recommend it

Atmosphere: 3 (during peak hours) – Hard to navigate ordering and find a place to sit

Food Quality: 5 – I can’t wait to come back and try the breads and sweets

Services: 5 – Very friendly helpful employees

Bikeability: 5 – there is a bike rack right outside the front door

Dog Friendly – Dogs are not allowed inside, but in the summer there is small patio seating right out front.

Vidiot (West Seattle)

I just had to write a post about this place as it is one of my favorites! Picture this; all of those arcades you used to play when you were younger all in one place. Okay, got it in your head, now add beer. Okay, now one last thing, all the games are free (except pinball). Yeah, you can find me there at least once a week.


Jake (brother) and Katy Almer – we like to take out-of-towners here. 

Here’s the low down:

The Games:  They have several machines with 1000 + games from Mortal Kombat to Frogger. They also have several racing games. You will also find an original XBOX and a Sega Genesis. The Sega has Sonic – which I did dominate Ryan at. They have several pinball machines each costing 50 cents, but well worth it. I could play pinball for hours. Not into the arcade games? No need to worry they have several board games you can use also. 

The Beer: Surprisingly, Vidiot has a decent selection of beer on tap. They do change with the season, which I love since fall is coming up. Pumpkin beer time! My favorite summer beer was the Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer. It is a light, not overpowering beer. I would recommend giving this a try. Beer is only $4.00 – “one more please”. 
Other Drinks: They also have a large selection of hard liquor on display. I must admit I always get a beer given the decent price and selection. I did watch the bartender pour a drink and he was very generous with is liquor pour.  Just want a coke? They have a selection of non-alcoholic drinks available also. 
Service: I have noticed the same people working at Vidiot. And each of them are very nice in explaining any drinks and explaining any games that you have an interest in. My first time in I was confused on how to use the machine with over 1000+ games and the employee showed me how to select games and get started. He even recommended a few I might like. 
Atmosphere: Vidiot used to be a small, space but recently moved into where the Benbow room was. Good choice! There is more space and seems a lot brighter. 
Ryan playing street fighter on the machine that has over 1000 games. 
Ratings (1-5):
Overall: 4.5 – because of the food option
Atmosphere: 5 – relaxed, perfect spot for a first date
Food Quality: n/a – would be nice to have a small snack option
Services: 5 – Very friendly helpful employees
Bikeability: 5 – there is a bike rack right outside the front door

Fado Irish Pub , Seattle (Pioneer Square)

It has been too long! Almost 6 months since my last post.
Trivia nights are usually a monthly occurrence with my friends. We like to try new trivia places around Seattle and the most recent trivia night was at Fado Irish Pub.
The Trivia (Wednesdays) with GeekswhoDrink:
Trivia started at 6:30pm. This is actually a perfect time for me. There is enough time to stroll out of work and find parking downtown (free parking after 6pm). There were about 8 rounds with one round as an audio round. The categories were broad and relatable. This trivia was the best trivia I have been to around Seattle.
The Food/Drinks at Fado:
During the week, happy hour goes from 4-7pm, which is perfect timing for trivia. You can get all happy hour food for $4.00 and drinks $3.00+. The draft beer of the month was $4.00 and was an amber. Some other happy hour drinks included Jameson and Ginger Ale, and a house red and white wine.
The happy hour food menu is one of the best I have seen in Seattle. There is a variety of good choices from delicious Guinness BBQ Wings to Slow Roasted Pork Belly. Our table of 6 people split the Rosemary and Parmesan Thick-cut Chips and was plenty for us. I also ordered Pork Belly and a Hummus plate. The Pork Belly came with 3 small pieces. So it was a bit small, but full of flavor and very tender. I could eat about 10 of them if they were in front of me and I would have no regrets. The Hummus plate was a very nice surprise. It came with Red Pepper Hummus, feta cheese, olive paste, and plenty of warm pita bread. This $4.00 option is usually $7.95 and great to share with up to 6 people.
Service at Fado:
The restaurant was packed for trivia (make sure you make a reservation!). The restaurant seemed to be well staffed. Our server was very good. We had many of our group stagger in at different times and she was prompt at serving each of them. Our food came out in a reasonable time and she was nice enough to let us know when happy hour was going to end. I wish I had got her name, because I would request her every time!
I am a bit biased on giving Fado a 5 star atmosphere score. They have a soccer theme and always have a soccer game playing on their television, if possible. Since I love soccer more than any other sport they already have a leg up on other restaurants. But other than that, the restaurant has a relaxed feel. During trivia it was loud, but I have been there other times with it being very casual and just a great place to hangout. I could easily stay there for a few hours and not even realize that much time had gone by. I also have to mention that Fado is walking distance to Safeco and CenturyLink Fields.
Pork Belly
Pork Belly
Hummus Plate
Hummus Plate
Ratings (1-5):
Overall: 4.5
Atmosphere: 5 – Full of energy during trivia. Casual and relaxed during other times.
Food Quality: 4 – I only had happy hour food, but it was delicious.
Services: 5 – Great service during a busy night.
Bikeability: 4 – Riding from West Seattle is very easy and close. Bike racks are easy to find.

Japonessa is the Besta

Long time no see!
It’s been over a month since my last post. Summers are hard here in Seattle. With a limited amount of sunlight, every moment not spent in the sun seems like a bad juju. I have been enjoying this very hot summer by, of course, riding and playing lots of soccer, and eating out 🙂 I have to give my self a pat on the back for finishing my first 77 mile bike tour. My legs hated me for awhile, but we are good terms now.
Lets get to the review…
I have been to this place many times and finally remembered to take a photo of the food….Japonessa, voted best happy hour in Seattle (www.japonessa.com/). A well deserved win. You can get amazing sushi for a great price for almost the entire day in the bar! My typical meal is the avocado roll ($4) and the tofu roll($5). I know, I know, I need to step outside my box and try some raw fish, but not today. Maybe if I had a crowd chanting at me or something to inspire me. I also get the miso soup ($1). The hot house sake is a delight ($5). It’s great for those rainy days.
The bar can fill up fast on weekends and after work, but I have never had to wait more than 10 minutes to eat. The bar has limited seating with not a lot room for large groups, but the main area does have happy hour until 6:00pm everyday. I have only gone for happy hour, because well it’s just so good, so I cannot comment on the main area’s service. The bar service is good, usually with 2 people serving everyone. The workers are very friendly and are very knowledgeable not only of the food, but of the surrounding area.
Ratings (1-5):
Overall: 5
Atmosphere: 5 – You could go here dressed up or casual – great for both! And located right downtown Seattle, near Pike’s Place Market.
Food Quality: 5 – I have not tried anything other than veggie sushi
Services: 5 – Very attentive even on the patio
Bikeability: Would like more areas to lock our bikes, I tend to lock it a few blocks away and walk. This works fine though.