Okay, so it’s been a few weeks since the latest Tuesday Take, but we’ve been busy busy! And yes, I know that it’s Thursday.
- Temple Billiards – Aside from the fact that you can’t beat an afternoon hanging with your best ECS buds, thought this was a pretty cool spot to hang on a weekend afternoon to watch a game and shoot some pool. Good local beer selection, and the pizzas were solid. Great place to catch a Sounders away game (or a home one, if you’re without tickets).
- Steelhead Diner – This has definitely been a bit of a go-to spot for lunch, business or otherwise. Aside from the pretty solid view of the Market and Elliott Bay, it’s a good portion of food for the price. Now, about the wine glasses…
- Rione XIII – still one of the best bang for the buck restaurants of the Italian type – even with a corkage fee. Fun servers, good people watching (inside and outside), and a nice buzz, something that RN74 brings to the table as well. As an aside, we’ll be dining there on Thursday night for Dining Out for Life, as they’ll be donating 30% of our tab to Lifelong AIDS Alliance.
- Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky – We finally sat at the bar for brunch, and aside from the fact that we were thismuchcloser to the unlimited mimosas, it was just as fantastic as sitting in a booth or at a table, especially when the people watching factor comes into play. Aside from that, if you want to talk about great marketing, I’m pretty sure their proactive tweet @ Brittany Tracy and I about what the quiche was that weekend was a win. How could we not go in that weekend?
Cinnamon Works – Friends, Seattleites, Washingtonians, lend me your ears so you can follow me to this bakery and get your nom on. You really need to try the vegan banana chip muffin [photo: right]. Wanna get your gluten on? Done. Want some gluten-free options? Done. Cookies? Yep. Nice staff? Definitely. A fantastic perk of a place in Pike Place Market.
- Restaurant Zoë – It’d been a few months since we had been to Zoë, and there’s really no good reason other than the amazing options we all have to dine at in Seattle. We visited during Restaurant Week, which was a fun way to try a few things on the menu that we might not have gone with otherwise. As always, Derek and the staff were super welcoming, the restaurant has really grown into the space on Cap Hill over time, and the burger is absolutely fantastic. Yep, even when you take home half of it and eat it a day and a half later for lunch.
- Barrage Cellars – Kevin and Rebecca had their latest release a couple of weeks back, and we continue to enjoy visiting with them and trying their wines. The Outcast Cab Franc is always solid (I’m still a fan of the last vintage, but a lot of people were enjoying the 2010), and this year’s Syrah is drinking really well right now, for a new release. Really gotta complement them on doing “verticals” of this year’s and last year’s vintages of a number of their wines, giving a fun chance to see how the wine program has grown and what the future holds for the wine you’re about to walk away with.
- Artusi – How have I not gone here before? Other than the fact that it feels like I’m cheating on Spinasse (they share a restroom, among other things) by going there, this is a great spot for an adult pre-game (read: a drink or a bottle of bubbles) before a nice dinner and walk around the Hill. The staff was great to chat with, and it was a fairly unpretentious spot to learn a bit about Italian wine while sitting at a bar.
We’ll have more next Tuesday (I promise!).