A travel journal
to Seattle by rossiste
Quote: Seattle is a great city to visit, especially in the summer. They say summer starts the day after the 4th of July here. Translated, that means you are usually less likely to come across rain or cloudy skies here from July through about September.
Portion sizes are LARGE, so come prepared to share or to take home, and make sure you save room for dessert.
One other favorites of my friends included the fried chicken, the fried green tomatoes, and the corn bread. One friend had the pork chop and said she preferred the fried chicken she had had the last time over that.
The desserts are HUGE and wonderful. They usually have a red velvet cake, chocolate, cake, and sweet potato pies in addition to others I can’t remember! Sometimes, just to guarantee we will get the red velvet cake, we ask the wait staff to hold a piece for us. Two to three people could easily share a piece of cake, or one person can take it home and eat leftovers for 3 days.
Well, I was just there for my birthday dinner, and they still do not take reservations, but they do take credit cards now.
If you are not there as the doors open, expect to wait on a Friday or a Saturday if you miss the first seating or if you have a large party. It’s worth the wait, but be prepared. I almost had a friend gnaw my arm off after a 90-minute wait a few birthdays ago! Call to check on hours and ask whether they accept credit cards.
The hours have changed with the seasons, etc., and I do not believe they are open on Sunday, except for brunch. Hours: Closed every Tuesday. Open for lunch Monday to Friday 11:30am to 2pm, open for dinner Monday to Thursday 5:30 to 9pm and Friday and Saturday until 10pm, and open for brunch on Sunday 11:30am to 2pm.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 30, 2004
602 19th Ave East
Seattle, Washington 98112
+1 206 320 8757
Okay, this place was good, but it's still not The King Fish, one of my favorites. I think there is something about the King Fish atmosphere I really like that this place lacked. The food here was good, and portion sizes were more down-to-earth. The prices tended to vary from average to quite high, so it will depend on if you order a seafood dish or just a sandwich.
There was a large variety of Southern-style dishes, including a crab-cake sandwich--one of my favorites. It was good. I haven’t seen this Southern style of crab-cake sandwich on the menu here in Seattle very often. They have sweet-potato fries and a variety of wings. There are various fish and chicken dishes, such as blackened fish and honey-fried chicken. Entrees include two side dishes, which included a list of black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, etc...
The wait staff was extremely kind and courteous and very attentive, as well as helpful with the menu.
The restaurant is nice, but has a more elegant atmosphere, as opposed to the homey feeling some Southern-style restaurants have.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2004
Alexandria's On 2nd
2020 Second Ave
Restaurant | "Jai Thai"
Jai Thai also has another location in Belltown, as well, but I will have to say the Fremont location is my favorite. The atmosphere has more character, and there is the fun little table in the window where you can sit on pillows and watch people walk by as you eat.
Of all the times I have been to this restaurant, I have only really had one bad service experience with the food taking forever and missing drinks, etc. Otherwise, everything is always quick and great-tasting.
Jai Thai Restaurant
3425 Fremont Pl N
Seattle, Washington 98103
Restaurant | "Bordon Biersch"
This is a chain restaurant of a higher caliber than the usual ones, not to be confused with a TGI Fridays, etc. This is a higher-end chain with a feel similar to the Cheesecake Factory, but not quite as crowded.
It’s a microbrew pub, with a bar section in the front and a full restaurant in the back. The bar area sometimes has entertainment and has a few TVs, but it is probably not the best place to catch a game if that is your sole purpose for going.
The restaurant is in up on the top floor of a nice shopping mall, near the movie theaters. This a great place to grab a bite before or after shopping. The parking in the mall is also one of the cheapest lots you will find in the downtown area, as it is partly owned by the city.
My favorite thing on the menu is their humus and goat cheese salad, which you can also order with chicken or seafood. It’s wonderful with chicken. They also have great burgers and fires. Be prepared with some breath mints or gum, as everything is garlicky, especially the garlic french fries! Some other favorites of mine and my friends include the Asian Chicken Salad, the goat cheese ravioli, the artichoke dip appetizer, and their oven-fired pizzas.
I’m not a beer drinker myself, but I haven’t heard any complaints about the beer selection. They have a sampler plate as well as seasonal brews. There is usually a seasonal menu to accompany the seasonal brew.
It’s a great place to causally pop into for dinner or lunch, with a large variety on the menu to please most people or to help you out when you aren’t sure what you are in the mood for.
The desserts are okay, but to be honest, the ones I have tried to so far haven’t been worth the calories. Usually the meal portions are so large that you have no interest in dessert anyway.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2004
Gordon Biersch Brewery
600 Pine St
Seattle, Washington 98101
+1 206 405 4205
The food was good, sushi with a northwest twist. All of the rolls seem to have slight variations and additions rather than your standard sushi menu.
The California rolls were made with mayo in them, and there were quite a few rolls with salmon.
They put edamame on the table without a charge for something to munch on while you read the menu. A lot of the sushi places in Seattle charge for edamame.
We had the spicy ginger tofu for a starter. It’s pretty good, but was more tangy than spicy. I’m kind of a boring sushi eater, and I hade the California roll, shrimp tempura roll, and salmon roll. They were all fabulous. Everyone seemed very happy with their selections and their meals.
They have an interesting dessert - green tea ice cream with tempura batter fried around it. It was different and seemed to work together.
The restaurant itself is classy and set up more like a nice bistro versus a sushi bar.
The restaurant gets pretty crowded. We were early starters, but by the time we left at 9pm on a Friday night, it was packed. Also note that street parking in the area can be a pain.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2004
2311 Second Ave
Seattle, Washington 98121
+1 206 441 6044
Attraction | "Experience Music Project"
If you are in Seattle, you have to at least drive or walk by the building. It is unique architecturally and, well, you be the judge of its aesthetic appeal... I personally did not find the EMP worth the $20 it cost to get in, but my friend loved it and immediately signed up for a membership! I love music, but this was not the outlet that interested me.
They have temporary exhibits that are very interesting, such a photography exhibit of music artists. I saw one that was of the Beatles. It was very interesting to see previously unreleased photos, but $20 is a steep price to pay to see some photos.
Other exhibits are very interactive, where you get to actually play instruments in the music lab and create a little video or take lessons and write songs. Another exhibit was an amusement-style ride that seemed something similar to Epcot Center, where you are in a seat which moves and sways to a video that gives you the feeling you are actually in the movie. There is now a sci-fi museum attached to the EMP, which I have yet to see.
If you would just like to see the inside of the building for its architecture, you can do so by going to the Turn Table restaurant or the Liquid lounge bar for no admission price and order a drink. The Sky Church (auditorium) has great concerts and shows. Check their website for the line-up.
EMP Museum at Seattle Center
325 Fifth Ave North
Seattle, Washington 98109
You have to go to the Pike Place market if you are in Seattle. In the summer and spring, it will be crowded, so be prepared for that. Some major market stops include the original and first Starbucks, the fish vendors (watch them toss and throw the fish!), and all the arts-and-crafts vendors. In the spring, summer, and fall, the back section of the market is almost all flower vendors, and their bouquets are just beautiful and fun to look at. If you can’t take home the fresh flowers, take a look at all the dried flower displays, as well. In the warmer months, there are also many additional vendors spreading out of the market enclosure, and some of them include those selling organic food items.
Memorial weekend each year is the Pike Place Market Fair, so there are even a few more vendors out and bigger crowds, along with live music. Some of my favorite stops in the market include the DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine, MarketSpice tea shop, Crumpet Shop, Beecher's Handmade Cheese, La Buona Tavola Truffle Cafe and Specialty Foods and Beringer Farms (jams, honeys, fruit preserves).
Also near the market is the ticket booth where you get half-price, day-of show tickets for plays, concerts, and various performances around town. They have a board up by mid-morning with the day's listing of tickets for sale.
The market is a great place to stroll around in, and there are many little low-key cafes and restaurants to stop and have lunch in. Some of them have fabulous views of the sounds such as the (hence the name) the Sound View Café, Lowell’s, and the Athenian Inn.
The majority of the market activity starts up about 8am and settles down at dusk.
In the general market area, but not inside the market itself, are wonderful restaurants great for dinner, such as the Pink Door (great patio deck in the summer), Etta’s, Matt’s in the Market, and the Alibi Room.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 13, 2004
Pike Place Market
85 Pike Street
Seattle, Washington 98101