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Sep 17, 2013 01:22 PM

ISO great beer, good food and Kid friendly!

Hiya hounds -

My dad is visiting for his birthday and the man loves beer. I'd love to find a spot that has a great selection of beers on tap, good food but is also OK for the kiddos. I live in Columbia City but am totally good making a destination trek for the right place. We found lots of places like this in Portland (or food pods with beer trucks) but I'm drawing a blank for local spots.
Cider on tap is a plus as I like the beer but it doesn't like me.

Thanks for suggestions!

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  1. BorntoEat,

    You could certainly start in your neighborhood at the Columbia City Ale House. Neither the best beer selection or best food in Seattle, but certainly good on both counts (and right there).

    If the timing is right, Fremont has a pretty nice Octoberfest you could look at, too.

    For great beer, but no food, you should check out The Beer Junction (if I recall, they'll let you bring in food from nearby restaurants).

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    1. re: Booklegger451

      No kids allowed at the Columbia City Alehouse or at The Beer Junction so far as I know. :(

    2. Hi, BtE:

      Magnolia Pub strikes a good balance with your 3 criteria. I think they have a draft cider, too, but it's prolly Blackthorn or similar.

      If anyone balks or bolts, Queen Margherita Pizza is about 100 feet away.


        1. Von Trapp's on Cap Hill allows minors, plus there's bocce!

          1. Chuck's hop shop has a good selection, rotating food trucks, some of which are excellent, and allows kids and dogs.


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            1. re: Brunhilde

              On 85th (I-5 exit 172, ~3 miles), Chuck's offers great beers.You can see the schedule for the trucks at the website. From there, you are just a hop and a skip from Carkeek or Golden Gardens parks, where you can get some good Western salt-air on Puget Sound. To get to Golden Gardens, though, you will be challenged to pass-by Golden Beetle, Paseo, Senior Moose, Full-Tilt, and all of Ballard Avenue. I'm pretty sure I could get there, though the upstairs cafe at Ray's might snag me.

              1. re: mrnelso

                Ah, a bowl of clams and a Maritime Pacific Imperial IPA (or 3) upstairs at Rays is my favorite and you just reminded me that I haven't been there in a few months. Excuse me boss? I think I'm coming down with something and need to leave work, stat.

                1. re: Brunhilde

                  Hi, Brunhilde:

                  What's Ray's current deck policy? Can you sit outside on the deck if you just want bar pupus and drinks, or must you be seated as part of the restaurant crowd?

                  Unfortunately, in the past, their policy of reserving the deck for the restaurant has ingrained in me a summertime avoidance of the place. That and the tourists. It's strange, but I think of drinks and HH at Ray's as a wintertime thing.


                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    I've actually only sat on the deck once! And I think that it was in May, so it was cold, but we were bundled up enough to take it. I do go more often in the off season. One year I was staying semi-near there and I think I watched the entire last half of the pennet race on their TV.