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Oct 4, 2007 08:58 AM

Gastropubs in Seattle

We'll be visiting later this month and are looking for some great bars/taverns to enjoy local brews with some of the most excellent local fare Seattle has to offer... the kind of place where you can belly up to the bar in jeans and a flanel and get poached egg and lardons on organic greens.

Also up for great restaurants that have excellent happy hour deals-- We'll be staying at Hotel Max and Red Fin seems to have a great happy hour every day of the week with special on their small plates. Anyone been there?

Will have a car and are willing to travel.

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  1. The Latona Pub might be up your alley...

    On the whole, though, I 'm not sure that bars and pubs are where you should look to find "the excellent local fare that Seattle has to offer." There are a ton of places that serve better than average pub food, but not quite the level of what you're looking for (is there any US city that has very many gastropubs like you are describing?). That you will find in restaurants.

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    1. re: christy319

      I had dinner at Latona pub this past weekend & was unimpressed. The menu seemed to shoot higher than the kitchen could reach. I had a pasta dish which sounded great but lacked flavor all together, the cheese plate probably sounded great on paper but the condiments didn't partner with the cheese on the plate, the grilled bread was a nice touch though. My friends entrees were just just OK, we all confessed that the descriptions far exceeded reality. I've not found a true "gastropub"in Seattle ... I'd recommend a visitor eat in the bar of a better restaurant but also since xtian seems to wants to just dress casually for dinner ... well, then Seattle is pretty wide open!

      1. re: oliveoyl

        Thanks for the review. I haven't eaten there since the new chef took over and the paper's review sounded almost too good to be true.

    2. around the corner from HOtel Max is Barolo which has a good happy hour w/ veal carpaccio, buffalo burger, heirloom tomato salad (burrata if you're lucky) etc (get there early though if you want seats). a couple blocks from your hotel is Taphouse Grill (get the kalbi (grilled beef short rib, 3 thin steaks for $11). Union also has a small-plates happy hour menu. You might also check out Licorous or Vessel if you like foofy snacks with your cocktails. Umi Sake house has a good happy hour if you're in the mood for Asian.

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      1. re: barleywino

        Barolo isn't really a place that you can "belly up to the bar" though.... Very tasty food, but not somewhere you go in jeans and a flanel like they were looking for...

        1. re: nseattlefoodie

          i've been there at happy hour and seen guys in baseball caps and jeans looking like they just got off a construction site eating at the bar...along with the usual fashionistas and posers too, of seems to be a mix of people who are there for the cheap food/drink and people who are there for the scene

          1. re: barleywino

            ok, myabe I'll have to try again. I've been twice now, and both times it was so packed with people trying to look cool that we couldn't stop laughing. But, I have always said their food was amazing if you could stomach the people afraid to eat cause they would ruin their outfits...

            1. re: nseattlefoodie

              lol...i think if you can get there early, it's less crowded and the clientele are more casual types

      2. 74th Street Alehouse is kind of like that - you can get a pint of great local beer with an organic salad with goat cheese and truffle oil, or a blackened salmon sandwich. I think they make a fantastic reuben and my husband likes their gumbo, and the beer list is good. I like the Tangletown Elysian pub pretty well, too.

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        1. re: Freida

          74th St. Alehouse is in my neighborhood, so I go quite a bit. IMO, their food has gone downhill somewhat over the past couple of years - an inverse relationship with their prices. The last time we went, my SO ordered the fish tacos. They were tacos, all right, but filled with shrimp. No mention of this when she ordered. Ummm....I think it is kind of a stretch to consider shrimp "fish." We rarely go there for food anymore - just beer.

        2. Rumor has it that Scott Staples of Zoe is opening (has opened? I haven't been keeping track) a gastropub in the Capitol Hill area called Quinn's. Sounds like it might be what you are looking for.

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          1. re: ssusu

            Vessel is not what you seek. Dont' get me wrong, I like it, it has great small plates, but it is sleek and modern, not gastro-pub.

            Hill Top Ale house is same owner as 74th, so if Queen Anne suits your itinerary better. Maybe Brouwers, a belgian ale house would be of interest? Or Tangletown ale house?

            Any of the Chow restuarants would be good. Not necessarily a bar, but good food in a casual setting.

          2. Red Fin is fantastic! I went for their set menu offering during Seattle's 30/30 new restaurant showcase in May. Their late-night happy hour looks delish, I've been meaning to get back there. Love it.

            As far as gastropubs -- check out Elysian brewery in Capitol Hill.
            Offers lots of local brews and great food. Also try Smith Pub & Grub; I haven't been there yet but have read great reviews.

            For restaurants, hit up the Tom Douglas spots.