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.

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.

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.

Skillet (CAPITOL HILL)

Welcome Foodies!

First off, here is there website: http://skilletstreetfood.com/. Check them out for their history and menu options. They started as a street car… and that’s pretty neat.

Now for the review…

I just have to say that when I walked into Skillet I was a little taken back by how big the kitchen was compared to seating for guests. It all made sense after the meal. Let me set the scene for you, Ryan and I walked in and had called ahead for seating. We had heard some hype about this place and decided to give it a try on Sunday (2/16/14); the busiest time.

The hostess was a bit disorganized with her etch-a-sketch  seating list and overwhelmed attitude. Ryan walked up to make sure we were on the list, and she replied, “We don’t take reservations, you will have to wait.” Ryan said, “Called ahead, checking if we are the list.” Yes, he talks like a caveman, you get used to it.

The hostess whipped back around and said, “Okay, name?”

“Ryan”

“Ya, you’re here, now wait over there.” And she scurried off like a mouse looking for cheese.

We got sat 15 minutes later. (What we expected). We sat at the booth where our server/bartender was. He was very good. He made Bloody Mary’s in mason jars and other cocktails directly in front of us, showing off their amazing smelling drinks. We resisted, and I don’t know how. After 5 minutes, we finally were ready to order. The menu had so many unique options I wanted to try everything. I ordered “The Chub”. An egg on bacon, tomato, and other delicious ingredients (can’t remember them all). The first bite, was one of the best things I’ve had in months. I looked at Ryan and I felt like I was in a movie… “Mmmm” and liked my lips slowly. This doesn’t happen often with me. I am a picky eater and I am not afraid to tell it.

We later went for the Goat cheesecake with apple slices. I took a picture of this because it was so amazing looking. The best part about this dessert, it tasted just as good. The rich flavor and thick, creamy cheesecake, and graham cracker crumbles literally was the best dessert I’ve had. I am going back tomorrow to order it again, and I don’t care how full I am.

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Ratings (1-5):

  • Overall brunch: 4.5 (hostess can step her game up)
  • Atmosphere: 4 (a bit loud, but still great for all ages)(also not a lot of seating for big groups)
  • Food Quality: 5
  • Service: 4 (hostess, and also they could use an extra hand or two on the weekends – be prepared for slower service)

Have you been there? Let me know what your ratings would be!

~ J. Harty