Mioposto Caffe & Pizzeria

MiopostoAnyone 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.

Pritty Boys Family Pizza Opening in Madrona

Madrona PizzaPritty Boys Family Pizza had a food booth at Madrona Mayfair this past Saturday – which was not only a good place to get pizza, but also a place to find the scuttlebutt about the restaurant.  First of all, the pizza was very good.  The peperoni were small (about half the size of peperoni on typical pizza) and flavorful.  I did pat it with a napkin to soak up some grease, but to me that is not a bad thing.

Since I have been anxiously awaiting their restaurant, I asked when they expected to open.  They told me that there was no official opening date because they have had some delays, but they were trying to open next weekend.  So whether it is this weekend or not, it is good news that Pritty Boy Family Pizzeria is coming soon to Madrona.

In addition, to speaking to the pizzeria employee at Mayfair, I walked by the restaurant this weekend.  The place is really shaping up.  In the northwest corner of the restaurant, they have a play area set up with a various toys for small kids to play with.  In the south end of the restaurant, they had a video game machine.  This portion of the restaurant is set up for young teenagers.  With about 20 tables, the Madrona pizzeria should be a popular place for Seattle families to hang out whether their kids are 2 or 14.

Madrona Eatery & Ale House

Madrona Ale HouseIf you do not have young kids, I do not know if I would recommend Madrona Eatery & Ale House between 5 PM & 7 PM.  If you do have young children and live in Seattle, then there is no better restaurant to go AND I would recommend you go there often.

We went to Madrona Ale House this Saturday night and got there just before 6 PM.  The Seattle restaurant was not extremely busy, but within no time the place was packed.  We ordered our food and while we waited I went over to the fireplace area.  The fireplace area has a coffee table, a couch, and about 4 large milk crates of random toys.  The toys look like they come from the island of misfit toys or toys from a garage sale (the toys that did not sell), but the couch is crawling with kids and they treat those toys like they just opened them from under the Christmas tree.  While I was there with my children, I took the time to scan the restaurant and I counted 30 kids under the age of approximately 8 years old.

Our food came and we had a good meal.  They have about 6 items on the kids menu, and the food for adults vary from tacos, to pasta, pizza, burgers, steak, etc.  I generally either get the tacos (which is actually an appetizer – but good enough for dinner if not too hungry), grilled chicken burger with bacon, burger, veggie sandwich, or whatever the special is.  I felt like I had to be healthy so I ordered a veggie sandwich….but instead of getting side salad…oops I ordered french fries and even tartar (they have good french fries – kind of thick with potato skins on some of them).  Now their food is good, but some of their foods I am not a huge fan.  Their wings I do not love (If you like wings read my previous blog about The Attic in Seattle’s Madison Park) and I have ordered their entree salads in the past and I was not impressed.  But saying all this, we go to Seattle’s Madrona Eatery & Ale House a lot because it is a great atmosphere if you have kids and the food is good when you order the right thing and really when you do not, it is not bad, just not great.

Click here to read more about Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood where you find the Ale House.