Lyte Lounge and Bistro: Bistro
Lyte Lounge and Bistro has a Tapas-style cuisine.
Tuesday - Saturday
5pm - 2am
Private Party Room
Parking on Site
Grant's Brewpub: in honor of Bert Grant: Brewing Pioneer
The idea of the brewpub, a place were beer is brewed and served with food, needs little explanation but in 1982, it was an entirely novel idea. Bert Grand did just this in a small town in eastern Washington State called Yakima. It was one of the first craft breweries in all the United States and heralded the coming of a new age of beer. Housed in a historic train depot in a town noted for growing hops, I visited the brewing pioneer in 1994. It was one of the most memorable beer experiences I have ever had in the United States. There was something decidedly outback about Yakima and Grant's was the kind of pub I would imagine to be in such a place. What was nice is I didn't have to imagine it, it was there.
Sadly, the brewery ran into hard times, was sold off, and went regional. The beers were suddenly available where I lived in South Florida but they never quite tasted the same without being hand-pumped from live casks as they had been at the pub. The small pub closed and Bert Grant passed away. A beer legend who have lived a long and illustrious life. From what I understand, a local hop farmer has opened a beer bar/restaurant where Grant's Brewpub once stood, and befittingly named it Bert's. If you are in Yakima, stop by. Take a deep breath. That's history you're smelling though it may be mixed pretty heavily with the locally grown hops.
Favorite Dish: The beers were amazing especially the cask Scottish Ale and India Pale Ale. The Imperial Stout was to die for. RIP Bert Grant.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Beer Tasting
- Historical Travel
Phnom Penh Noodle Hous: tasty Cambodian
Phnom Penh Noodle House was one place I wanted to return to when in Seattle. I had been there in 1994 on my first trip to the city. It was my first experience with Cambodia food and in the interim I had been to Cambodia. It was only natural to want to go back and see how it stacked up. This small unassuming hole-in-the-wall is clean, cheap and conveniently located in the heart of Seattle's Chinatown. This is a cheap area to park and it's close enough to walk to Pike Place Market.
Favorite Dish: Favorite Dish: We both had piping hot bowls of Goo Naw Noodle. This spicy Cambodian stew had tender slices of beef and wide rice noodles in a spicy broth. Though not as thick as similar stews we had while traveling in Cambodia, it was very tasty and filling. Make sure to order some Chinese donuts for dunking. These are literally strips of fried dough that go very well with the soup. They are not on the menu so just ask for them. We finished up with two iced coffees. Everything including tip was $25.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Food and Dining
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Canlis Restaurant: Fine Dining
Canlis is the Pacific Northwest's most celebrated restaurant.
Canlis is open for dinner only. Monday through Friday 5:30pm to close and Saturdays from 5pm to close. We are closed Sundays, except in December.
Canlis is a dressy, fine dining restaurant. Men will feel comfortable in a suit or sport coat -- though we strongly encourage them, they are not required for most areas of the dining room. Casual attire (jeans, short sleeve shirts, casual foot wear) is not appropriate. At Canlis, you cannot be overdressed.
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Executive Chef: Aaron Wright
Offers: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Wine
Peso's Kitchen and Lounge: Must Have Gourmet Mexican Food!
Warm, intimate and laid-back atmosphere. Great lighting and interior design. Would never guess from the pale yellow, worn-out look of the outside of the restaurant what was waiting for you inside...quite a surprise! Found this one by accident and even closed the door when I first opened it and looked at the outside to make sure I was in the right place. Since my first visit, I have been back five times and I am looking forward to the next.
The food is a pleasant surprise too. Not your typical Mexican food with rice and beans, there is gourmet flair to many of the dishes and some are Latin-Asian fusion.
Hours are a little different and it good to take note before you end up over there with a growling stomach and succumb to fast food or something...4:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Mondays, 11:30-2 a.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9-2 a.m. Fridays-Sundays
Favorite Dish: Never had anything I did not like! One idea is to go before they serve dinner and they have an etensive tapas list...very fun.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Wasabi Bistro: Sushi anyone??
Voted Seattle's BEST SUSHI 2005.........You have to try Wasabi Bistro. Great atmosphere! You can dine at a table, the bar, or the sushi bar. Enjoy drinks while waiting for a table. Reservations, may be a good idea. There were only 2 of us, and we waitind at the bar for 45 minutes and had drinks before being seated for dinner. We sat at the Sushi bar, and enjoyed watching the sushi chefs prepare the food. Service was excellent, fod was terriffic!!
Favorite Dish: All the sushi was great...........Pick what sounds good, you wont be dissapointed.
The Boat Shed: Yummy seafood and water views
This is a special restaurant and bar located inside a converted boat shed overlooking the Manette Bridge in Bremerton. I dig the wooden plank floors and watching the Seattle ferry enter and exit the terminal across the bay.Related to:
- Business Travel
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Cynthia's Pony Express Cafe: fabulous cream pies in Enumclaw
If you're coming back to Seattle from the east side of Mt. Rainier (Chinook Pass, Sunrise, Crystal Mt.) you'll be driving on state route 410 to Enumclaw. Take the time to stop in this cute little town and don't leave without a visit to the Pony Express Cafe. The ambiance isn't anything to write home about but this is the place to get home made muffins, milk shakes and cream pies.
Favorite Dish: The sandwiches and fries were perfectly adequate but the reason to come here is to endulge in milk shakes and pies. They served us giagantic pieces of the best chocolate cream and cocount cream pies we've had in maybe 20 years.
Now, my mother in-law ran a Texas pie shop for four years so we know a thing or two about cream pies. Trust us when we say that the pies we had here are authentic, southern style cream pies that will melt in your mouth. There's clearly a good dose of lovin' that went into the baking of these pies!Related to:
- Family Travel
Gordy's Steak and BBQ Smokehouse: great BBQ in North Bend
If you're headed back to Seattle famished after a hiking trip or a day of skiing at Snoqualmie Pass you don't have to wait until you get to the city to sate your appetite. A great BBQ feast awaits you right at exit 32 in North Bend. Gordy's Steak and BBQ Smokehouse is one of those places that doesn't look like much on the outside but the overflowing parking lot should give you a hint. Attached to a golf course, the atmosphere is nice but not too fancy and families are genuinely welcome.
Favorite Dish: The reason you go to Gordy's is to eat meat! My Texas born and raised wife says this is the best BBQ she's had outside of the Lone Star State. Gordy knows how to run a smoker and the ribs we had literally fell off the bone. If your time in the wilderness has awakened the carnivore in you go for the BBQ Sampler Platter. You'll get a taste of Beef ribs, Pork ribs, sliced Brisket, Pork loin, shredded Pork & shredded Beef. (Vegetables? Sorry, no room on the platter.)
Edgewater Hotel: Can't beat the choice range
The Edgewater Hotel's restaurant has an eclectic international menu that specializes in the local seafood dishes! Some of us had the BEST crabcakes (Dungeness is outside Seattle, by the way) and others had some kind of raw tuna and seaweed item! The clam chowder rivals Boston's! The service was splendid and the desserts are to die for, from creme brulee to lemon meringue, including fresh pineapple. The decor is also a very interesting -- a sort of Northwest theme with an Adirondack feel. Don't miss the aquarium.
Favorite Dish: Can't decide, need to go a few more times. I was at this restaurant and hotel seven or eight years ago, I enjoyed it more this time.
Banks of Clear Lake in Indian Heaven: Mushrooms and Beer?
When hiking in the backcountry, you can either go minimalistic, which means you pack a couple of Power or Cliff Bars and maybe an apple - if you want the extra weight - or you go all out: cheeses, meats, a loaf of fresh bread, some wine and beer, water - don't get dehydrated! - and the appropriate glasses to go with your chosen beverages. Don't forget the cutting board, knife, picnic blanket and picnic partners. Of course, this means you will be carrying a little more weight.
Favorite Dish: On today's menu, we enjoyed a very nice Belgian Tripel from the Trappist Abbey of Val Dieu. Along the way, a couple of forest mushrooms - one a prime king porcini and the other, a nice lemon porcini. The mushrooms were taken back for the posthike pizza.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Hiking and Walking
Tacos Guaymas: great Mexican in Burlington
What's this? A Tacos Guaymas in Burlington?!! We have a Tacos Guaymas three blocks from our house in Fremont and adore it. Coming back from a trip to mount Baker we stopped in and were delighted to find out that the owners are brothers. Martin, owner of the Burlington location, spices his food up a little more for his largely Mexican clientele.
If you're ever coming back from a trip to the North Cascades you will want to stop in here.
La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib House: Good Food on the Skagit River
Situated on the Skagit River, in the heart of downtown LaConner, the LaConner Seafood and Prime Rib House is a great place to sit outside on the river, with a view of the Rainbow Bridge, and have some good grub!
Favorite Dish: We all had seafood, including fresh grilled oysters as an appetizer. Everything was good. This restaruant has a great reputation.
The Cottage Cafe: Great Soup
It's a long wait for food after church lets out, but it's worth the wait. We were seated in the lounge with a few bikers.
The bakery items are great and come from the Cle Ulm Bakery who still does their baking in the original brick ovens since 1906.
Favorite Dish: The soup was excellent.
King Ludwig's Gasthaus: Don't Miss the German Food!
This Bavarian Restaurant has authentic German and Hungarian food and German beer on tap. There are tapestries on the walls and cookoo clocks, but still a bit too modern. The service excellent and a very friendly waiter.
Favorite Dish: The snitzel is a must (German noodles) with the veal and sweet cabage on the side.
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