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weird/kitschy seattle restaurants?

tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 01:36 PM

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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    seattlegem RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 02:00 PM

    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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      cocktailhour RE: seattlegem Aug 8, 2008 10:28 AM

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

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      BallardFoodie RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 02:39 PM

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

      1. frygirl RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 05:24 PM

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

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          Erika L RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 06:16 PM

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

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            MsMaryMc RE: Erika L Aug 8, 2008 10:11 AM

            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. barleywino RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 09:05 PM

            the peephole upstairs at Hazelwood bar

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              staffstuff RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 10:28 PM


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                elicia RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 10:52 PM

                Coppergate Restaurant

                6301 24th Ave NW
                Seattle, WA 98107

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                  elicia RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 10:57 PM

                  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

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                    elicia RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 10:59 PM

                    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..

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                      why_itsme RE: tannenhauser Aug 7, 2008 11:30 PM

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

                      1. terrier RE: tannenhauser Aug 8, 2008 08:19 AM

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

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                          GreenYoshi RE: terrier Aug 8, 2008 08:56 AM

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

                        2. MsMaryMc RE: tannenhauser Aug 8, 2008 10:13 AM

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

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                            phinious RE: tannenhauser Aug 8, 2008 11:02 AM

                            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.

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