Anyone who has visited the Mount Baker neighborhood in Seattle and driven passed the south end of Mt Baker Park has noticed the classic brick building that houses several businesses. There in the southwest corner of the building sits Mioposto Caffe and Pizzeria with views of the park as well as the green space between Mount Baker Boulevard. Mioposto comes from the same owners as Coastal Kitchen on 15th Avenue on Capitol Hill. Mioposto is a great, family friendly pizza restaurant that is perfect for the neighborhood and Seattle alike. Great all year round, the pizza place is especially fun in the summer when the big windows are open to let the breeze come off the park while the wood-burning oven cooks the thin crust pizza. Order a pizza and a salad and enjoy it with wine or beer. And if it is too early for pizza and a drink, then go in the morning for organic espresso and either pastries or frittatas/quiches.
A fun restaurant and a great excuse to drive to Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood if you have never been there.
In the mornings I often hear Mitch in the Morning on KJR radio talk about his love for the Daniel’s Broiler Prime Steaks & Chops. But even without the advertisements, Daniel’s is well known as one Seattle’s premier steak restaurants. Probably the best known is Daniel’s on Lake Union or even in Bellevue, but the original is Daniel’s in Leschi. It was started by Dan Sandal, who family roots took him back in the Seattle food business. His grandfather, Dan Zido started two separate meat markets in the Pike Place Market. Dan Zido’s son in-law, and Dan Sandal’s father sold to restaurants, thus Sandal had a great deal of exposure to the food industry. With his experience, Sandal and partners started Benjamin’s which they later sold to the Schwartz Brothers. Then in 1980, Sandal decided to open a restaurant bearing his name: Daniel’s. A year later, he again sold to Schwartz Brothers who continued the tradition of his fine dining steakhouse. Perfectly located on the shores of Lake Washington in the Leschi Marina it was a very convenient location for Mercer Island and Bellevue until they closed the I-90 entrance and exit on the east side of the tunnels when the second bridge was added. In 1989 around the time I-90 was being upgraded, Daniel’s opened their Bellevue restaurant and shortly thereafter the restaurants went to exclusively serving USDA prime beef with the goal of becoming a world-class steakhouse. In 1999, the former Benjamin’s space on South Lake Union became the third Daniel’s location.
Today, all three Daniel’s restaurants are Seattle favorites to eat a great steak and have a good time.
Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the Seattle’s Cactus restaurants. But I will say I have one pet peeve: the first question out of the waiter’s mouth is always “Would you like guacamole with your chips?”
The obvious answer is “Yes, who does not like guacamole with chips?” But then other questions start coming to my mind: “Is it really worth $6?” “What is the profit margin on guacamole if Cactus pushes harder than drug dealer pushes his drugs?” “How can Subway add guacamole for free to anything in the restaurant, but Cactus needs $6 for it?”
But inevitably someone at the table always says, “Yes, I would love to have some guacamole.” A different set of questions flood my mind: “Is this their first rodeo?” “Have they been to Cactus before?” “Do they know it costs $6?” “Am I that cheap to be the only one that cares?”
Generally, I just bite my lip and order a margarita and try to forget about it. Obviously, not well if I am writing about it now.