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The Alibi Room: Yummy with a touch of historic!
The food was unique! I love trying new foods and this restaurant definitely had a huge mix of new! The atmosphere was fabulous, a tad dark in there but comfortable and fun. The view is looking from inside a historic building into other historic buildings. The interior definitely frames the building's character nicely.
Favorite Dish: I tried a pizza with asparagus and bacon. VERY TASTY!
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Ozzie's Bar and Grill: Economical Pub with Breakfast Options near Needle
Having opened in 1958, Ozzie's and the surrounding businesses are today somewhat of a reminder of what this part of Seattle once was, before the high-rise building boom happened and the Seattle Center was built for the 1962 World's Fair. The larger buildings are slowly moving in, and perhaps one day soon this whole area will be gone.
However, Ozzie's is not the type of establishment that is content to stay what it once was, and has adjusted its offerings to attract new generations of customers. Today, there are still a very large number of young people that come here.
A major attraction is the emphasis on televised sports. While it doesn't necessarily advertise itself as a sports bar, the fact is that a lot of people come here to watch their favorite events on the various TV screens scattered through the building.
Towards the back there several pool tables, and a few other activities.
Ozzie's is also unique in that they are one of the bars that has a wide assortment of activities for breakfast. This is important when you consider that many sport events on the TV happen at 9 or 10 in the morning on west coast time, (noon or 1 pm in the east) so that people do want to come here during breakfast hours sometimes.
Favorite Dish: What I had was the Ozzie's Signature House Mess, described on the menu as "Choice of meat, Scrambled Eggs, & Cheddar Cheese over Hash Browns, Topped with Country Gravy" for $6.99, which included two slices of toast as well. For the selection of meat I chose bacon. The combination was quite good, though obviously not the most healthy of items to eat in the morning.
I would also suggest any of the scrambles, but in particular the breakfast scrambles, which also sells for $6.99
- Food and Dining
Root Table: Pub-Like Atmosphere in Some Ways
While not an obvious place at all to find (it is crammed between two much more obvious businesses and is essentially only a door and a sandwich sign as seen from the sidewalk) the place is quite popular.
It seems that so very many trendy restaurants all try to duplicate eachother with their trendy interior decorations. Root Table has at least made an effort to be original in that regard: the tables are large root balls from trees that have been sliced to fit the need.
Thus, the name "root table".
You will find an assortment of Asian inspired dishes here, with some American adaptations and some eclectic other bits.
Favorite Dish: The Crouching Tiger for $11.00 was pretty good, featuring shrimp.
For $10 you can get the Ginger Chicken, which I was told by a fellow diner was also quite good.
The $7.50 for a Mango Mojito seems a bit overpriced, but then that is typically my opinion on any mixed drinks. It certainly packs a bit of a punch.
- Food and Dining
Paddy Coynes - Seattle: Irish Pub and Grub near South Lake Union area
While there are currently three locations for Paddy Coynes, the South Lake Union location was the first. It opened in 2004, and based on the crowds at 1:30 in the afternoon on a weekday, has become a popular neighborhood spot, even during times when it has no reason to be.
While located in a very modern building, the interior has been furnished with woodwork and furniture to be a fine mixture between a modern restaurant and an old-world watering hole.
Check the calendar on the web site for various music and game nights, plus various other events.
There is a happy hour, though I wasn't there for it, and the bar appears to be reasonably well equipped, though I didn't sample anything from it.
Favorite Dish: There is an assortment of good looking treats on on the menu. I chose one of the more expensive lunch offerings - the Bangers and Mash at $11.95. Diet coke runs $2.00 here. My lunch companion seemed to enjoy the half a meat loaf, at $6.95.
The Lookout: Some Happy Hour Selections on Monday Night
The web site and other literature claims that "The Lookout" has the best view in Capitol Hill. This may be true, but even so the view is not that impressive from here. It is kinda sorta possible to see the edge of Lake Union and a significant part of the Space Needle, but then much of Seattle has a view of the Space Needle.
We (two friends and myself) went here for a happy hour, which was advertised as happening all day Monday.
However, the happy our only applied to certain foods and certain dishes.
The food was OK, but not extremely spectacular. Granted: what can you expect in Seattle for the $5 happy hour price? However, I am also glad that we didn't pay the full price for these items, or I would have been particularly annoyed.
There is no happy hour menu, but the specials are written on the wall in chalk by the bar.
I selected "satisfied" on the selection box, but the fact is that if any of us had paid full price for what we got, we probably would have selected "Somewhat unsatisfied" and saying this place has "the best view in Capitol Hill", while technically true, doesn't really live up to expectations.
Favorite Dish: Of the $5 happy hour selections, the Pita Pizza seemed to be the best option that any of us chose.
Mulleady's Irish Pub: Assorted Food with Imported Drinks of Various Type
Set among the varied residences of the Magnolia neighborhood, you would naturally expect a small neighborhood bar to be just that, as there isn't much other than residential in the immediately surrounding area.
The Irish Pub theme of Mulleady's certainly delivers that atmosphere, as well as serving up a variety of food. Despite the menu not being extremely extensive, it is quite impressive for a neighborhood bar type location.
Supposedly, according to the pub's propaganda, the huge urinal in the men's room is somewhat of a tourist attraction, having been saved from one of the old theatres in downtown Seattle. It is a fairly typical design from the 1920s and 1930s, however.
The downstairs part of the facility is open to minors until 9 in the evening.
There are two happy hours: 4 to 6 in the afternoon, and 10 tp 12 in the evenings.
Favorite Dish: Irish Knockers and Colcannon for $14 features sausages specially made for Mulleady's by one of the Seattle meat houses. I've been told that the Grilled Mahi Mahi Wrap ($10) is also quite good.
The Black Cherry - Chocolate Cake ($4.50) is Wonderful, but it is also large enough to split between two people.
Except for happy hour, you will find that most of the beer here starts at $4.50.
Most of the menu is on the web site, so that will give you some better idea as to what is available here.
Kells Restaurant & Pub: Don't Miss The Live Music!
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub is one of my favorite Seattle hideaways. Tucked away on Post Alley above the historic Pike Place Market, Kells is a fine way to round up a day's sightseeing or browsing at the market. The pub is always alive with folks cooling off after a day's work. The restaurant will be sure to remind you of the Old Country with its warm, cozy atmosphere and traditional surroundings. There's also a patio outside that's a great place to feel the breeze from the Sound and the buzz of the marketplace. They also have a HUGE celebration every St. Patrick's Day. Kells proudly serves Seattle's largest Single Malt Scotch collection. Kells also has live Irish music on Friday & Saturday nights.
This family run establishment is a true pleasure.
Favorite Dish: When spending a long and tiring day of seeing the sights at Pike's Place or Aquarium, you will need to refual.
This is what I enjoy:
Irish Cheese Platter _ A nice variety of Irish cheese and soda bread.
Kells Famous Clam Chowder - creamy and warm chowder that will warm you up on a rainy day.
What could be more Irish then Shepherd's Pie, it is hearty and filling. At Kells you get what you pay for, nice helping and good company.
Owl and Thistle Irish Pub: Owl and Thistle
Owl and Thistle, Irish Pub
* 808 Post Ave * Seattle, Washington 98104
A quaint little hole-in-the-wall pub down by the docks in downtown Seattle, off Marion and Post has the typical Irish pub festivities one would expect: drinkin', hollerin', and party'ing. Good music, good times. Staff very friendly and great cheap food specials before 6 pm. I had the fish n' chips - which were pretty good as well as the fries, though meager portions. The blueberry vodka n' tonic was pretty good was well. Apparently got me smelling like blueberries through the evening. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Wedge: Cool coffee shop at Antioch University in Belltown
Very cool little shop at the Antioch University building at 6th and Battery. This was also walking distance from our hotel so it worked out well. They also do catering.
Favorite Dish: Espresso and croissant- The breakfast of champions.
T.S. McHugh's: An Irish pub and restaurant near Seattle Center
We were walking around the Key Arena at Seattle Center and stumbled upon a restaurant with red paned windows, flowers, and lighted pub signs for Harp, Bushmill's, Bailey's, and Guinness. Looking for a restaurant that could accommodate a group of eight as well as provide some decent beer, it seemed to fit the bill.
As we walked inside, it was evident that we were inside a pretty authentic recreation of an Irish pub. They had Irish lagers and stouts like Harp and Guinness on tap, plus several local specialties like Mac & Jack's African Amber Ale. I noticed that most of the patrons seemed to be over 30.
We were seated immediately at two tables at the back and service was prompt and efficient. Most people ordered appetizers such as onion rings and chicken wings. They also had many traditional items on the menu like beef & Guinness pie and Irish soda bread, but I decided to stick to the non-Irish pub fare as I was just craving a burger.
Overall, I'd likely go back to T.S. McHugh's if I was in the area craving Irish comfort food for dinner. This place is equally a restaurant as it is a pub.
Favorite Dish: I had their crispy chicken burger with fries ($9.45) and a Strongbow cider. The chicken burger was very crispy (many places advertize crispy but only present you with deep-fried). It had a nice melted Swiss cheese, fresh tomato, crispy lettuce and was wrapped in red foil. On the side was a large slice of dill pickle.
The fries were thin but were double fried, meaning they were extra crispy. They tasted delicious... just like Dairy Queen fries. In fact, had you presented me that burger combo in another context, I would have sworn I was eating Dairy Queen, which is a good thing! I like Dairy Queen... but it kind of surprised me to find this at an Irish pub restaurant.
McMenamins Chain: A Northwest Favorite
There are three of the MeMenamins chain of pubs in the Seattle area. If you check out their website the actually have quite a bed and breakfast business in Oregon as well. The usually have the usual 5 home brews and will sometimes have a seasonal. The menu rarely changes, but doesn't need to since they offer great comfort food. I love the burgers, but others will opt for Mac n Cheese or meatloaf. I've been to all three in the Seattle area, and they all have the same atmosphere. Big wooded boothes, dim lighting, and good beer. What more could you ask for?
Favorite Dish: Communication Breakdown burger & the Ruby beer
Pyramid Alehouse: Local microbrewery
If you've got time before the game, head across the street from Safeco Field to the Pyramid Alehouse. They have several microbrews on tap, some seasonal.
Favorite Dish: Mostly typical pubfare with a Northwest flair. Everything pairs well with whatever beer you decide on. Hate decisions? Try the beer sampler!
The Pike Pub & Brewery: Great food, Great Beer
In the "basement" of a "shopping mall" what do you expect ? Good food? Good Beer? Gotta thing about that one?
Well, head up to The Pike Pub & Brewery in Seattle. Just a block "down" from the world famous Pike's Fish Market in the Seattle Public Market, this restaurant serves up the best.
Excellent beer selection accompanies a broad pub fare to make for a great experience.
Favorite Dish: In pubs I'm partial to burgers so I tried the musroom & onion burger...OH WOW...done to perfection (and I'm very fussy) with a taste that I can still savore.
The Ram: Great Food in Authentic College Environs
They do everything right at the The Ram. It's manly enough to serve outstanding burgers and sophisticated enough to put out an eclectic variety you might expect at a top-notch steakhouse.
With a restaurant in the front and a bar in the back it can be family friendly or a little more colorful depending on what you want. You'll always find a young crowd there as it is just blocks away from the University of Washington.
The atmosphere inside is accentuated by rowing skulls hanging from the ceiling and a very open kitchen with no walls separiting it from the restaurant.
The Ram is a touch more expensive than your typical burger barn or steakhouse.
Favorite Dish: All dishes involving red meat are a sure bet.
Rock Bottom Seattle: Great Food
The food is fresh & tasteful, service is good, beer is brewed there (There are 6 lagers & ales to choose) and the ambience is very nice.
Favorite Dish: Yum, yum! Chicken Genovese (Pasta and chicken) & Hickory Burger (A half-pound of USDA Choice sirloin topped with melted Cheddar, crisp hickory smoked bacon and Stout barbecue sauce on a bakery fresh bun).
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