It’s Halloween; Don a Scary Costume, Save at These Local Restaurants/Bars

With Halloween right around the corner, Seattle restaurants are taking advantage of the festive scary scenery, and rewarding  cladly dressed Seattleites with specials on food and drink around town, from now until October 31st. Check out the list of establishments who actually prefer if you’re dining in Zombie attire than suit and tie this week.

Boka will be offering happy hour prices on all food and drink items to all diners dressed in Zombie attire this Saturday October 27th! Zombie diners are also encouraged to head over to the Thrill the World dance off in Occidental Park to break the record for biggest “Thriller” performance.

Belltown Pub will be hosting a Dracula PJ party with Halloween food and drink available, and no cover charge from 9-close on October 27th.

Linda’s Tavern is having a 50’s themed Halloween mixer on October 31st, with guest DJ King Dude. Party begins from 8pm-close, with free entry. Costumes strongly suggested.

Cupcake Royale Place your order of 12 or more cupcakes on or before October 30th for your big Halloween party, and receive a free pint of Cupcake Royale ice cream.

Cafe Flora will host a pumpkin decorating event on Saturday from 10am-2pm in Washington Park, perfect for your little ones. Pumpkin bread, pancakes and spiced cider will be on hand to snack on during the festivities. Costumes are welcome!

Elysian 2012 Pumpkin Beer Festival This Weekend

In honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday, the folks over at Capitol Hill’s own Elysian Brewing Company are hosting a Pumpkin Ale Festival this weekend, taps open at 7pm tomorrow evening.

There will be over 60 variations of Pumpkin beers, with 13 from Elysian, and an actual pumpkin will be tapped each day, filled with a secret Elysian brew. There will be food carts on site to fill hungry bellies, pumpkin carving contests, and costumes are certainly encouraged. The event will actually be held at the Elysian Sodo location, so come on down and enjoy the fall drinks. For more information, visit the Elysian Brewery site.

Cafe Lieto To Be Featured On the Travel Channel!

The lovely Cafe Lieto aka Biscuit Bitch, is going to be featured on a new foodie special on the Travel Channel dubbed Feed the Beast, hosted by Mikey Roe. On the show Roe will embark on a quest in search of the best local late night eats around  to 6 featured cities around the country.

In each city he will hit 3 or 4 spots along the way, speak to the owners, patrons, and of course sample the famed late night eats. Now is your time to shine, if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to gain a nationwide televised screenshot of the back of your head! There will be two tapings, beginning this Saturday Sept 15th from 12-2am, followed by Sun Sept 16th from 7-11pm. If you want to attend the taping, go ahead and RSVP on their facebook events page; go get your biscuit on!

Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis Are Here to Serve You Coffee

Yes you heard it right; actors Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis are in Seattle today promoting their new movie “The Campaign” scheduled to come out August 10th. Well, they’re using the term promoting loosely here, as the duo will be serving coffee at Local Color Cafe in Pike Place Market this afternoon, beginning around 1:45pm. According to the Seattle Pi,they are apparently touring the nation as if they were actually unleashing a political campaign. If you’re in or around the market this afternoon, this is sure to be a must-see celebrity appearance.

Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis in “The Campaign”

Other cities on their tour include a stop at Chicago’s Wrigley Field where the two will both throw out the first pitch, they’ll coach a tug of war at a Fort Worth Naval Air Station in Texas, and try to recreate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia… somehow I think Seattle got the short end of the stick, but I suppose they just figured everyone in the city limits is addicted to coffee.

Esquire Magazine Names Seattle Restaurants in Top 10

Canlis

Canlis

Esquire ranks Seattle the 10th best restaurant city in America.  In the introduction it says if you want seafood go to Seattle’s restaurants and in the details it credits the Pike Place Market (and local vineyards) for giving our restaurants access to the ingredients to make great meals.  The article specifically mentions Queen Anne‘s Canlis; Downtown Seattle‘s Dahlia Lounge and Etta’s Seafood; Ballard‘s Ray’s Boathouse; Kirkland‘s Cafe Juanita; Pioneer Square’s Salumi; and Capitol Hill‘s Anchovies and Olives.

Some are classic Seattle restaurants, some are newer, but all had a part to helping Seattle to be ranked in the top 10 for best restaurant cities.

Happy Hour at Il Fornaio in Downtown Seattle

Il Fornaio Seattle

Il Fornaio Seattle

I went to the Il Fornaio restaurant in Downtown Seattle last night for their happy hour.  Their happy hour went until 6:30.  I do not know what my thoughts were of Il Fornaio before I got there.  I have been there before, but it’s in a mall (Pacific Place), it’s a chain from I presume California and I am a little prejudice against that whole situation.  So I entered from the street level and went upstairs to the bar area and it was packed.  A friend of mine had grabbed a table in the bar area.  We happened to be near a buffet table filled with free appetizers: bread with a spinach dip, bread with baked tomatoes and a slice of cheese, and crackers with baked brie.  (I was told the appetizers vary at happy hour depending on the day).  I ordered a beer which was $3 during happy hour, and then looked at the menu.  Everything was $5 on the happy hour food menu.  We ordered a pizza, which was their full size pizza with sausage etc.  Our other friend called and said he was on his way but he was going to miss happy hour so before 6:30 we ordered calamari and carpaccio (thinly sliced raw beef with thinly sliced parmesan cheese).  Out of the appetizers and the three things we ordered, my favorite was the carpaccio.

My friend thinks it may be the best happy hour in downtown Seattle and Belltown area.  I do not know if I agree, although I think you get a lot for what you pay for for a happy hour in Downtown Seattle.  Overall, it was a good experience and I would go again for happy hour.

Il Fornaio is in Downtown Seattle at the northwest corner of Pacific Place Mall and can be entered from the street.

Address: 600 Pine Street

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4:30-6:30

Pnk Ultra Lounge-The Place To Be and Be Seen!

Seattle’s newest lounge, Pnk has been the talk of the town since it first opened its door last month.  Countless individuals,mostly young and in their mid 20’s-30’s, go there from all over to get a piece of the new modern playground made for Seattleites and people alike. The lush Vegas atmosphere and hip ambiance creates a very trendy and certainly cool environment you sure won’t want to leave. This multi-million dollar project was created with “women” in mind.  The owners, Rob and Tammie Armijo, created the perfect environment for young, urban, and professional women with 3 bars, 40 flat screens, 2 VIP areas, outdoor seating, and even a bar in the women’s bathroom equipped with its own male bartender! Whether you’re male or female you’re sure to find a place at Pnk. Now open on the 4th floor of Pacific Place. For more information about Pnk please visit their website at www.pnkultralounge.com.

Seatown Reuben

Last night, I went to a fun event at Seatown, Tom Douglas’s new restaurant across from the Pike Place Market and Victor Steinbrueck Park.  At the event they were serving some appetizers.  I tried a wing and then later I tried a finger sandwich which was the sage rubbed turkey.  But then it came, I could swear a moon beam came through the window and shined on this sandwich.  There it sat on the counter, cut up in about 6 slices: the Reuben.  Admittedly, I am a fan of Rubens, so I made my way over to it across the crowded room talking to people on the way.  I started getting nervous though because as I made my way over there the 6 finger sandwiches quickly was down to 3 but after a few hellos I made it over with 2 left.  Like I said I am a fan of the Reuben, so I expected to like it….but man was that sandwich good.  I feel sorry for anyone who wanted the last finger sandwich, because I ate that one too.   (Don’t worry more came out).   Technically, I do not think the sandwich was a Reuben rather a pastrami sandwich, but to me I will just call it a darn fantastic sandwich.  The only problem is when I looked online at the menu today, I realized it was a happy hour sandwich, which you would think is good, but in this case it is not because they change those sandwiches daily.   All I would say, if you find yourself in the Pike Place Market, poke your head into Seatown and ask if the Reuben or pastrami sandwich is being served, and if the answer is yes, tell them you will take two.