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.

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!
Atmosphere:
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.

Fresh Bistro (WEST SEATTLE)

Foodies!

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, Ryan and I went to Fresh Bistro for Happy Hour. Their Happy Hour is from 5-7pm on Fridays. What a great time, I thought. The drinks are priced well at 3.50 for well drinks. There is no beer on tap, what a bummer, I know. I had a rum and coke, and it was very good. I guess I should mention we came at 6:30pm and got a seat right away at the bar. The bar area was packed, though.

We decided to try dinner at Fresh Bistro. I ordered the Duck Burger and Ryan ordered COD Dish, My burger was on the Happy Hour menu at $10.00 (with no fries). It was pretty bland, but okay. The original price of this burger is $16.00. I do not believe this is worth that price. $16.00 would be better spent at Red Robin than on this burger. Ryan’s dish was not on Happy Hour at $18.00. I wish I could have taken a picture of his face when the meal showed up. You know when you order something online and then you open the box when it arrives and receive that item that looks nothing like what was pictured, it’s about 10 times smaller. This was exactly his expression. I have posted a picture of his meal. The flavor of his meal…. bland, but the fish was okay. Let’s just say he was not happy after this meal.

Ratings (1-5):

Overall: 2.5

Atmosphere: (4)

Food Quality: 2   (Drinks – 4)

Services: 4

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