St. Clouds Music Scene

St CloudsNot only does St. Clouds Restaurant have good food and fine spirits, the Seattle restaurant has great music as well.  Nearly every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday St. Clouds features live music.  The live music sets up just to the left of the restaurant’s main entrance where it can be enjoyed by the patrons in the bar area, and also can be heard in the main dining area as well.  Tom Bennett and The Rolling Blackouts are regulars on Mondays with various bands playing Thursday through Saturday.  This weekend Tim McHugh plays Thursday, The Wiretappers play Friday (as they do every 3rd Friday), and Saturday is Courtney Andrews.  The music usually plays from 8 PM to 10 PM.  Click the link to see St. Clouds Seattle music schedule and find the best time to enjoy music, food, and drink at St. Clouds in Madrona.

Pagliacci Pizza Coming to Madison Valley

Zaw PizzaI never have recovered from when Kentucky Fried Chicken moved out of their location from the Madison entrance of the Arboretum.  I was only a kid when they moved, but I still refer to it as the old Kentucky Fried Chicken location.  The tenant currently is Spotless Cleaners, but after so many years, a wrong is being righted with the news that Pagliacci Pizza is coming to the space.

Pagliacci Pizza needs little introduction to Seattleites.  Started in 1979 in the University District which is about the same time Kentucky Fried Chicken left the location on Madison where Pagliacci is taking over.

From its new location, Pagliacci will deliver to such Seattle neighborhoods as Madrona, Madison Park, Leschi and Capitol Hill.

Restaurant Bea Opens Friday

Restaurant Bea

Photo by Julien Perry

Good friends Kate Perry and Tom Black are opening their new restaurant, Restaurant Bea, this Friday, March 30th.  Taking over the space once occupied by Cremant and later June, Kate and Tom have a created Bea from their restaurant expertise – Tom as a chef, Kate as marketer of restaurants.  “We have been looking to open a new restaurant for over a year,” explained Tom. “We flirted with the idea of taking over the space where Dulces once was [now Pritty Boys Pizza], but we are happy to finally be in our new space.”

Tom and Kate’s created Bea to be a neighborhood restaurant that is inviting for all of Seattle. “We want to be able to know our customers by name, but to also treat our first-time customers with the same attentiveness,” said Kate. To do that, Tom and Kate plan to be very involved in the restaurant. “We both live in Madrona so we will be here all the time,” explained Kate, “and we will be attentive to the entire dining experience.’

The restaurant space itself has been made over. When I was there the other night for the soft opening, the restaurant had a whole new aesthetics including and open kitchen and a larger bar area than what the previous restaurants featured.

The food is polished comfort food that is hyper-seasonal and uses ingredients from small, trusted farmers. Entrees are in the range of $18 to $22.

Be sure to make a reservation to try out one of the newest Seattle restaurants: Restaurant Bea.

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.

Seattle’s Naam Thai Restaurant

Naam Seattle

Naam Thai Restaurant

Naam is a great Thai restaurant just a couple doors north of 34th and Union in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood.  From all accounts they have excellent Thai food and you can either order as a sit down restaurant or call previously and get it to go.  One complaint I had when they first opened was the service was slow but in my experience that has vastly improved since then.  If you feel like Thai food, then I would not hesitate to recommend Naam, but to be safe order to go if you are in a hurry.  Otherwise enjoy all Naam has to offer by eating at the restaurant, it has a cool atmosphere (classic building, yet nice and clean) and you can order a cocktail from their full bar.

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.

Hi Spot – Bacon and Cheese Biscuit

Hi Spot Cafe

Hi Spot Cafe

Biscuits and bacon and cheese, oh my.  Hi Spot located near the corner of 34th and Union in Madrona is famous for their breakfast, but equally as good is their bakery and the scones, cinnamonrolls, and biscuits.  My favorite is the Savory Biscuit.  The Savory Biscuit at the Hi Spot is a biscuit with bacon and cheese baked inside with a little cheese melted on the top.  At the Hi Spot it is usually served at room temperature, but when I take it to go I heat it up whenever possible.  Either way a Savory Biscuit and a latte from Hi Spot and I am on Cloud Nine.