Hello! Seattle Foodies ~
By now, you know my love for food, but I have not told you about my love for my bicycle. I ride it as much as I can. That can be difficult here in Seattle, with the whole rain thing going on constantly. I’ve learned in my 2 years being here, that you just have to suck most things up you want to do outside and go for it, even if it’s raining. But, raining and riding is different. Once you get wet, the wind against your cold skin and wet clothes can be torture. I learned this a long time ago. My family was one of those that went on family bike trips all the time. One of those bike trips was in Elk Rapids, Michigan. We decided to go on a 30 mile bike trip. The day started out nice, but towards the end I was tired and soaking wet from a 20 minute thunder storm. These random storms happen frequently with no mention from the weatherman. After, the sun came back out, but I was still freezing. This is why I hate riding in the rain. Luckily, I had an awesome Grandpa who came and picked me up before the end leaving my brother and parents out. Nice being the youngest sometimes.
But let’s get back to food review. Ryan and I decided to ride our bikes on June 1, 2014 to Smash Wine Bar and Bistro in North Seattle. We leave in West Seattle, so this was not just a hop, skip, and a jump away. It took us 1 hour and 12 miles to get there. The last stretch of the ride was a long road that slowly kept getting higher in elevation. I got passed by a few people on this stretch; my legs were burning. I finally made it with Ryan waiting by the door. “Where should we lock our bikes?” I asked. He looked at me and pointed to the “Hours” sign on the door.
Monday – Thursday – 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday – 5:00pm – 11:00pm
It was Sunday…
My stomach started punching me from the inside, and the inside of my legs grabbed hold of my muscles and didn’t let go. Luckily, Ryan loved the 75 degree weather and the sunshine so he agreed to go somewhere else.
We hopped on our bikes flew down the giant hill we just rode up and headed to Brave Horse Tavern.
Good thing that other place was closed, because this is an awesome tavern with an indoor and outdoor space. By the time we got there (Sunday, 5:00pm) we were both starving and ready for a beer. We sat outside with a view of our bikes and enjoyed the amazing weather for the next hour. I ordered their burger of the week (Loco Moco) which consisted of a burger patty, turkey gravy, rice, over easy egg, between 2 toasted buns. This burger just melts in your mouth, and the flavors all come together and make you want to not eat it so you can have some forever. I had it with the Espresso Stout from Boneyard. I recommend this beer for anyone who likes dark beers. It’s really smooth and has a lot of nice coffee flavor.
I would also recommend ordering a pretzel. They make them fresh and you can tell. It was very, soft and great to split with one other person.
Here are a few pictures:
*Brave Horse Tavern is located in South Lake Union, Seattle. Check out their website here: http://bravehorsetavern.com/ *
Service: 4 (Service was a bit slow in the patio area, we didn’t mind, the sun was out)
Atmosphere: 5 (very relaxed, great for a date or hanging out with a bunch of friends/coworkers) (21+ Only)
Food Quality: 4.5 (Burger and pretzel were great) (Note: burger does not come with fries, I was too full and would not be able to any anyway)
I’m glad you are here. I just came across a place in Pioneer Square (near CenturyLink field) called FX McRoy’s (http://www.fxmcrorys.com/). I went there on a Friday night at 6:30 p.m. I was expecting it to be packed, it was not. Besides Ryan and I, there were 2 other couples in the restaurant. This was not a game day, but if you plan to go here on a game day I would expect the place to be packed. They have Sounders, Seahawks, and Mariners gear all over place. I love the atmosphere. It has a nice classy charm, but great for wearing your sports gear and not feeling under dressed. You can also wear your little black dress and fit in perfectly!
We sat close to the bar because there was only one server. He was very enthusiastic and very attentive. I ordered a burger. Here is the description off their website:
|Sunny Side Up Burger
A half pound fresh ground chuck patty seasoned with cumin, grilled, and topped with a sunny side up egg, guacamole, tomato, and lettuce on a bun dressed with red onion mayonnaise.
Sounds delicious, right? I thought the burger was good, but not worth $14.45. It was on par with an Applebee’s burger. The fries were of the same family as McDonald fries. I was really craving some big steak fries… bummer. I would suggest trying McRory’s during happy hour, and testing this place out for yourself. I will go back, because I believe they were just having an off day with their cook. There are so many things on the menu that sound so good.
Here’s a really poor-quality photo of the bar area. The sports items are behind me when I was taking the photo. Sorry, I didn’t get a photo of the food. My battery died at the worst moment.
Overall: 3.5 (Expecting better food)
Food Quality: 3 ( I believe they were having an off day. I will try again and update you.)
Leave a post if you tried this place and had a different reaction! I’d love to hear.
2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 30th, 2014. Hangry was overcoming Ryan and I. If you do not know what Hangry is… well basically hangout with Ryan and I when we haven’t had any food for 8 hours and you will know.
Luckily for us, it was brunch still – yes my favorite meal of the day! I ordered the Breakfast Burrito which consisted of sausage, egg, avocado, tomatoes, some type of sauce, with a side of hash browns, beans and rice. This meal hit the spot for me. It was the perfect amount for me. I would order this again. Here’s a pic:
Ryan ordered Huevos Rancheroes:
We sat at the bar. There was one other person at the bar with us. The service was a bit slower than I thought it should be, but the bartender was still very nice. I ordered a Bloody Mary ($6.00) (I mean why not on a Sunday). It was a bit more spicy than expected, but very good. Ryan ordered his meal with Chirizo and it was missed, but was not on the bill eaither, so no big complaint on that. He said he still enjoyed his meal.
If you are looking for a good quiet brunch I would recommend Shadowland. It was not the best service or best food I have had for brunch, but it was nice to get away from all the people and enjoy the company and good food. I should mention that this is also a bar, and I am sure other times are way busier… be aware.
Here’s a link to there site to check them out: http://shadowlandwest.com/
Service:3 (Bartendar was nice, but a bit slow)
Atmosphere: 4 (good for a relaxed brunch)
Food Quality: 4 (Decent, better than what I can make at home)
Good Evening Foodies!
I saw a coupon for The Lodge on Amazon Local and decided to go for it. The coupon does not work during happy hour, which this place has a pretty good happy hour, with 2 dollar fries, 6 dollar popcorn shrimp. Ryan and I were there at the end of happy hour at 6pm, to watch the march madness Michigan State basketball game. They weren’t playing it, but changed the channel on one tv no problem for us. The place had several people in it, but not overly crowded for a Saturday. The atmosphere was very nice, with a cool waxed wooden bar area.
Ryan and I both ordered beer first before our meal. Ryan ordered an IPA. The beer had a lot of foam, so when it settled it was not all the way to the top, the bartender grabbed and filled it up, that never happens at bars! I ordered the Fettucini Alfredo with chicken, while Ryan ordered the fish and chips. Both meals came out quickly and were very good. The alfredo sauce is homemade, and you can tell. Ryan gave his fish and chips and 8 out of 10, based on no prior knowledge of this type of food, meaning it was really good.
If you see this coupon buy it!
Also, make sure to get the Hazelnut Brown Ale by Rogue. Best dark beer I have ever had!!
Sorry, I didn’t take a picture, I will next time, because I will be back.
Atmosphere: 4.5 (bathroom is shared by 2 bars, could get crowded)
Food Quality: 4.5