Radiator Whiskey

Radiator Whiskey

http://www.radiatorwhiskey.com/

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!

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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.

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Admiral Bird – West Seattle

Admiral Bird – West Seattle

http://www.thirstiestbirds.com/

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:

 http://www.southrestaurants.com/menu/#south-fresh-modern-latin-food-and-drink-1-1-1

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:

http://www.watershedleavenworth.com/#about

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.

JOULE (FREMONT)

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Joule… you have won my heart. I recently took my parents (from MI) and Ryan to Joule. We had read reviews that brunch was good and was worth trying. So, we did just that.

Located in Fremont, Joule has a nice modern, hip feel to the restaurant. Right off the bat it was welcoming. We made reservations for 4 people on Saturday at 10:30AM. If you are planning on brunch on the weekend, I would recommend making reservations as this place will be packed.

Now to the food – Joule is unique in that they have a buffet; the buffet’s theme changes every month. On top of the buffet, you also get to choose a meal. This is all for $19.00. Our buffet was Asian themed which included a noodle salad, tofu bites, red bean cookies, and other veggie and fruit dishes. It was amazing; A + .

For my meal, I chose French Toast made with Green Curry and topped with Apple Chutney. I wanted to try something unique, but not too crazy. The presentation of the dish was very appetizing, and I did not wait for others to dig in because it looked so good. The unique flavor of the Green Curry batter of the French Toast was delicious. It was not spicy and overall worked well the Apple Chutney.

 

I was able to sneak a piece of Ryan’s Chicken Fried Steak and Waffles. The Chicken Fried Steak was cooked and cut perfectly. This is the best I have ever had. The portion size was large, so come hungry for this dish.

I also need to point out that our server was amazing! She knew the menu so well that when she explained the items I wanted one of everything. She was very attentive and did a great job. I wish I got her name, because I would request her next time.

Joule also had really good looking Bloody Mary’s and other cocktails, but I did not indulge. Next time I will! I cannot wait to go back 🙂 Anyone want to join me for Sunday Brunch?

 

Ratings (1-5):

Overall: 5 – Highly recommend it

Atmosphere: 4.5 Slightly noisy due to the place being so popular. over very hip, cool setting.

Food Quality: 5 – I can’t wait to come back next month and see what is on the menu!

Services: 5 – The hostess sat us right away and our server was great!

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

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.

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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

Lot No. 3 (Bellevue)

Lot No. 3

Foodies!!
http://www.lotno3.com/
Sunday of 4th of July weekend! It’s 70 degrees and sunny. First thing on my mind… Where is my bike? Second thing on my mind… What do I want to eat today? It’s hard loving food so much sometimes. I convinced Ryan to ride from West Seattle to Bellevue with a promise to buy him lunch. Why Bellevue? With all if its shiny buildings and nice restaurants, I new I could find a bar that would cater to sweaty bike riders and still have amazing food. We stumbled across Lot No. 3 at just right the time. The patio caught my eye. We looked for somewhere to lock our bikes in front of the restaurant, but settled with a 2 hour parking sign’s pole. As we walked in, the place looked real classy, but looked like it would be suited for anyone (except children), even someone who just rode 15 miles up and down hills. We asked to sit in the patio, and were sat immediately. The patio area is a bar style with high stools. For an appetizer, I ordered a pretzel (one of my favorites). It was hot and fresh from the oven, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. One of the best pretzels I have had, but not as good as Brave Horse Tavern. The mustard sauce that came with Lot No. 3’s pretzel was a bit bland, I would suggest ordering another sauce.
I ordered the Veggie Sandwich. The menu has a a huge selection with options for anyone. I chose this because this was the first Veggie sandwich without mushrooms (I am not a fan). Their were so many veggies I cannot name them all, with an amazing sauce. I honestly have no idea what was on this sandwich, but it with it’s toasted bread and delicious side salad I would recommend this for anyone who leans to the vegetarian side. Ryan ordered the Reuben with the kettle chips. The chips are addicting with the right amount of crunch and great taste. I only ate half of his chips. His Reuben would be a great choice for someone who leans to eating meat more.
I added a category below, Bikeability… Yes, I did make this word up. Considering Seattle and surrounding areas are pretty bike friendly, I thought a Bikeability score would be worthwhile. What does the Bikeability score consist of? 1) Ability to  lock a bike in front of restaurant 2) Ability to see the bike from restaurant (my bike is like my baby) 3) Restaurant atmosphere – Good or bad for sweaty bike riders.
Ratings (1-5):
Overall: 4
Atmosphere: Patio – 4, Inside N/A – Only inside for a minute
Food Quality: 4 (Pretzel sauce not great) (Drinks are very expensive with a Light Beer for $6 Services: 5 – Very attentive even on the patio
Bikeability: 4.5 – wish there was an actual place to lock our bikes in front instead of around a pool. Patio was perfect for us since we were glistening with sweat.