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weird/kitschy seattle restaurants?

Hi all:

Just last night I ate at the XXX Root Beer diner in Issaquah, with its wall-to-wall Americana overkill, and it got me wondering about other kitschy restaurants in the Seattle area. Atmosphere counts more for food in what I'm looking for. Any suggestions?


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  1. Bizzarro Italian in Wallingford. Food and kitschy atmosphere are great! Also, the decor at Icon Grill could be classified as...overkill in the weird/frenetic catagory. Food is not bad.

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    1. re: seattlegem

      Isecond Bizarro. The Ram in U Village has lots of stuff on the walls, not sure that it is really kitsch though.

    2. Mae's at 65th and Phinney. They've got a dairy cow room.

      1. Ivar's on Lake Union has a wall-to-wall native American theme.

        1. Mama's Mexican Kitchen. Check out the Elvis room.

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          1. re: Erika L

            Unfortunately, the decor is about all that Mama's has going for it--food is awful.
            But you did say that decor is what you're looking for, so Mama's does belong on that list.

          2. the peephole upstairs at Hazelwood bar

              1. Coppergate Restaurant

                6301 24th Ave NW
                Seattle, WA 98107

                1. i like all the fake grapes, bad murals and wine bottles hanging at
                  Italian Spaghetti House
                  9824 Lake City Way NE
                  Seattle, WA 98115-2349

                  1. oooh and the BEST chinese decor.. rooms and rooms full of bamboo and kitch
                    Red Lotus Restaurant
                    714 Auburn Way N
                    Auburn, WA 98002

                    very typical chinese american/cantonese food. dayglow sweet and sour sauce. but i love going here..

                    1. Never been but saw it on a TV show and thought it looked very different. www.bethscafe.com

                      1. Bush Garden in the ID. It's like a time capsule.

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                        1. re: terrier

                          But it's a time capsule to the 70's....

                        2. Luna Park Cafe in West Seattle--lots of old 50's and 60's toys, lunchboxes, and other kitchy junk.

                          1. Next time you find your way in Issaquah, poke your head into the Cloud 9 bar at the Mandarin Garden Restaurant on Sunset Blvd.

                            It is really quite impressive, with antique Asian furnishings and expensive touches. Rather odd, almost.