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.

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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. 

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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. 
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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
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Brave Horse Tavern (South Lake Union)

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:

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*Brave Horse Tavern is located in South Lake Union, Seattle. Check out their website here: http://bravehorsetavern.com/ *

Ratings (1-5):

Overall: 4.5

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)