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Seattle Food/Happy Hour recommendations with specifications.

greenidentity Feb 13, 2014 09:55 AM

Hello from Minneapolis! Me and a guest will be visting Seattle next month, so I am requesting restaraunt and/or happy hour recommendations. Here's what I am specifically looking for, so if you have any recommendation matching this criteria that would be great!

-A lot of recommendations I've already researched are $$$ or more. Since we already have a few fancier places carved out, I am looking strictly for $$ and under.

-Something with a funky, romantic, darker vibe is best. We aren't seeking elegance or white tablecloth.

-Things I look for in a Happy Hour: later time frames (i.e. 5-7) although that is not a strict requirement. I also tend to seek places that have good deals on food/cocktails I otherwise might not be able to afford. I generally like small plate offerings for food hapy hours, rather than whole meal discounts.

-Here's a short list of places I've seen that we are thinking of going. If anyone has an opinion on any of these, please share!

-Luc
-611 Supreme
-Gainsbourg*
*(finding a nice little French place is a priority for us.)

-Japonessa Sushi
-Zig Zag Cafe
-Delancey
-Luna Park cafe
-The Blue Glass
-Square Knot
-Machiavelli
-A Terrible Beauty Irish Pub

-Lastly, we will be staying in the Georgetown area, but of course will be doing some touristy things downtown and in Chinatown as well.

Any recommendations or opinions are greatly appreciated!

  1. greenidentity Mar 27, 2014 07:11 PM

    Anyone who is curious about what I did, here it is. Keep in mind that most of these visits ended up being due to location, as we did not have a car and at the end of the day, just wanted to sit down and relax somewhere close. In chronological order:

    The first place we visited was Smarty Pants in Georgetown, because it was close to out hotel. I had a pretty good club sandwich, and my companion had a pulled pork sandwich, which was delicious.

    Next was Le Pichet. Except there was a 30 minute wait, and we were not in the mood to be seated right next to people. So we went off to Cafe Campagne, where I had the half bottle of Les Violettes Cotes Du Rhone, and Duck Confit. We split a Creme Brulee as well. I've never had Duck or/Confit before, and it was a little dry, but overall very nice and had a nice quaint feel to the place.

    Then off to the Zig Zag Cafe, which I found a little overrated. A bit trendy for my tastes I suppose. I had the Eastside cocktail (vodka, lemon, mint and sparkling wine.) It was ok.

    The next day, after visting the EMP Museum we went to the 5 Point across the street, where I had a really spicy bloody mary. For dinner, we ended up at Seatown Seabar, where I had my first raw oyster. A Malaspina, it was small, mild and sweet - a great first try and I will be trying other varieties for sure!

    Later, I went to the 9 lb Hammer just for drinks and get in my dive bar groove. It was within crawling distance of our hotel, which was much needed later.

    Hangover food the next day had to be at the Square Knot Diner. Since I wasn't very mobile yet, it also was within crawling distance. I had Buffalo Wings, which were very plump, but the Frank's sauce was just subpar. I also got the cheesy fries, which were surprisingly bland. Even the shake we got was just so-so. And I had a hangover, so I wonder how the food really tastes?!

    Later, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and made the trek to the Ballard area to visit Gainsbourg. There, I got the Olive melange, and we shared a Croque Monsieuer. I also had a drink called the Lemon incest, and despite the underwhelming reviews, I loved this place and everything I ingested while there. Dark and funky, not fussy, but not too-cool-for-school either.

    Next day was the big day at the Pike Place Market. We stopped at Le Panier, where I got the best pastry I've ever put in my mouth - the Feullietes with tomato, cheese and herb filling. Later, we went to Jack's Fish bar where I tried a raw Quilcene Oyster this time, and though it was larger and more briny, I really liked it. We also visited the Gum Wall, which is skeevy but cool to see nonetheless.

    Later, we went to 13 Coins because our other 2 choices: Ristorante Machiavelli and Hudson Public House were closed. It was my least favorite, with an overpriced chicken dish and the blandest deviled eggs I've ever had. My companions steak was great, however.

    Our last meal there was at Via Tribunali, where they make simple, delicious Neapolitan pizza. I had the Salsiccia, and my companion had the Quattro Stagioni.

    All in all, I'd gather that Seattle has a super excellent food scene. A lot different from Minneapolis, where I'm from - lots of Mexican/Middle Easter/Asian food. Seattle has a much more European feel to it, being close to Vancouver I suppose. I really enjoyed it. And the people are cool. Notice how I don't say NICE, because being from MN you learn the important distinction between Nice and Cool. Bon Appetit!!

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      JayDK Mar 27, 2014 08:12 PM

      Thanks for the travelog.
      13 Coins, deviled egg! Daring.0
      Please tell us where did you stay and how did you like it?
      What are your perceptions of the people here vs. where you're from based on fitness/fatness?
      Did you go to the Space Needle?

      1. re: JayDK
        greenidentity Mar 28, 2014 08:53 AM

        I stayed at the Georgetown Inn. it was okay. There'sa medical marijuana plant next door, so the smell of weed permeates the place pretty strongly. It's also an industrial area, and about a $20 cab ride to downtown, or a 35 minute bus ride. The rooms are small, basic, and clean.

        The Space Needle is right next to the Chihuly Glass Museum, which we visited. We didn't have any desire to actually go on the Space Needle though, so we just looked at it instead.

        Fitness/fatness? Do you mean, are there more fat people in Mpls than in Seattle? Coming from a bona-fide fat person, I'd say I probably pay no attention to those things.

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      mrnelso Mar 5, 2014 04:55 PM

      One of my favorite afternoons included a HH trip to Golden Beetle, where we just ordered the whole HH menu. Nifty savories all around.

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        christy319 Mar 5, 2014 02:43 PM

        My favorites, both of which have hh 5-7, are Tavolata and Boat Street Cafe (the latter only does it Tu-Th). I think Boat Street is romantic and it's French/NW. I agree with the Cafe Presse rec, too, though it's more like a very bustling French place as opposed to dark and romantic.

        Looking at your list, I'm not sure many of those places are really known for their food OR drinks. Some of them may tick the dark and funky box (ie Gainsbourg) but I guess it depends on whether food or ambiance matters more.

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          strawberryblondie Mar 5, 2014 12:25 AM

          If you spend an afternoon window shopping or visiting the Locks in Ballard (and you should), here are a few places I like that have happy hours. I'm not sure some of the specific prices/menus but there are many great food/drink options in the Ballard central area:

          - King’s Hardware - relaxed, fun, has a standard bar, good burgers and skeet ball. Nights can get crowded, but HH is usually cool.

          - La Isla- HH is 3pm - 6pm & 10pm - 1am It is a festive puerto rican atmosphere with food and cocktails. Not sure if there are food specials as part of HH, but my favorite dish is the Pastelon which is layers of sweet plantains (picture them being used basically like lasagna noodles), mozzarella cheese and your choice of filling. I also love the Pernil pork which is extra amazing when you cover it with Isla's AMAZING Mojo garlic sauce. I love this sauce on everything and sometimes buy a jar to take home.

          - Anchor's Down has great cocktails and a beautiful cozy vibe. No food but a window in the wall lets you order hotdogs from Po Dogs next door.

          - Root Table serves asian fusion tapas. I'd recommend the lemongrass chicken lollypops, curry corn fritters, and the duck spring rolls.

          1. kaleokahu Feb 17, 2014 08:46 PM

            Hi, greenidentity:

            For another HH suggestion 1 block off Pike Place Market, you might try the Virginia Inn. Here's the HH menu: http://virginiainnseattle.com/menu/af...

            Today, Wahine and I had the hummus, the grilled pork belly, and the crabcakes there as an early dinner. All were quite good, but the pork belly was excellent. All for $13.50, and they comped us a half baguette to finish off the hummus.

            Aloha,
            Kaleo

            PS: If Virginia Inn is not to your liking, Le Pichet is next door, also excellent.

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              JayDK Feb 17, 2014 04:23 PM

              Nice little French place....Le Pichet or it's earthier cousin, Cafe Presse. Lot's of posts about these. Check 'em out.
              French style Seattle would have to be Place Pigalle in the market. Ask for the little table in the corner by the window and watch the ferries go by while sipping away.

              1. redsaffron Feb 16, 2014 08:26 PM

                Local 360

                1st and Bell, 4pm to 6pm

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                  AmbroseBurnside Feb 13, 2014 12:55 PM

                  Le Zinc (http://le-zn.com/) on Capitol Hill is a cool place in the French bistro style. Standard happy hour time of 4-6, but half-price (and really good) moules-frites and some tasty absinthe-based bevs for $6.

                  Japonessa is a super HH option if you're already downtown (their sushi deals are hard to beat--though it's not the *most* mind-blowing sushi, but pretty good--and I think HH goes till 6:30). Might want to make a res if you plan to get there in the 5:15-6:30 range because it gets packed as people get off work.

                  And you can't miss Zig Zag if you like cocktails.

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                    FoodDee Feb 13, 2014 01:52 PM

                    Japonessa does HH in the bar until 8 if yo can get a seat. Its in the whole restaurant til 6:30.
                    The HH at Luc was good - seemed to be discounted prices on many of their starters.
                    Aragona has started a HH but its only from 5-6. Looks like a good way to try some of their food and the regular bar menu isn't terribly pricey.
                    Cha:n in the Market area has an interesting and inexpensive HH menu - not sure of their hours.

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                      JayDK Feb 17, 2014 04:23 PM

                      Agree with Le Zinc but for HH, not the main meal. The standout was the mussels and for half price it's a fantastic deal.

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