Tom Douglas Receives Downtown Champion Award

Mr. Tom Douglas, the Seattle all star Restauranteur was recently awarded Downtown Seattle Association’s 2012 Downtown Champion for his continued support of the downtown Seattle restaurant scene and his community involvement in the area. For example, outside of Douglas’s restaurant realm (which includes Lola, Palace Kitchen, and Serious Pie) he also hosts events such as the Enchanted Salmon

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Evenings in Victor Steinbrueck Park at the north end of the Pike Place Market. The Enchanted Salmon Evenings take place once a month during the summer with proceeds going towards the Seattle Parks Department. Read more about Douglas’s recognition as 2012 Downtown Champion here; it’s also noteworthy to mention one of Douglas’s introductions. Tom Graff, President of Commercial Real Estate of Ewing and Clark, has represented Douglas by finding space for his new restaurants. Graff gave amusing descriptions of some of these real estate transactions – including interpretive impersonations of when they were searching for new restaurant locations. A great segway to honor a deserving award winner. Congratulations Tom Douglas for your recognition as 2012 DSA Downtown Champion!

Madison Park to Leshi: The Best Restaurant Patios to Dine Outside for the Summer

Summers is upon us; or at least it is in theory and we’ve compiled a list of all the best places to dine out around Madrona and the surrounding lakefront Seattle neighborhoods. Most of the hot spots in Madrona line 34th Avenue, such as the all time favorite St Clouds establishment, which along with front patio seating, also has a hidden back patio which might be overlooked by the everyday passerby. Everyone also knows about the pint size mimosas served ice cold at the Hi Spot Cafe; perfect spot for brunch and lunch out on their open air patio which doubles the Madrona restaurant’s space in the summer. If you’re in the mood for a fun evening out, the Bottlehouse wine bar has a comforting home-like appeal; probably because it seats guests on the main floor of an old Madrona home. Their deck is a perfect place to enjoy some meats and cheeses while you drink from their wine and beer selection and your kids enjoy a root beer float.  And do not forget Cafe Soleil which offers outside dining along Union Street.  Enjoy brunch on a sunny summer Sunday.

Cactus Restaurant

The Leschi neighborhood also has a few wonderful noteworthy spots along the waterfront, such as the Blue Water Bistro, which sits on the site of the old Leschi Lake Cafe that ran successfully for an eternity. The Bistro has a cozy fireplace setting for dreary days like today, but is also favored for their beautiful waterfront setup. They even serve the ever popular “Lake Cafe Fish and Chips” a tribute to locals who were sad to see the place turn over.

Madison Park also has their share of outside dining whether it be at the Cactus, Bings, the Attic, or McGilvras to name just a few. Watch the people go to and from Madison Park beach while you sit along the sidewalk on the restaurant patios.

The Seattle summer will get here eventually and when it does you do not want to waste any of it.  Madison Park, Madrona, and Leschi all offer outside restaurant patios to enjoy the summer sun.

Pritty Boys Pizza Now has Beer To Go

Madrona BeerMadrona does love wine (Bottlehouse, Madrona Wine Merchants, etc.) but Madrona beer lovers need a place to go too….well, beyond Madrona Ale House….it is only fair!  Pritty Boy Pizza has just added beer to go starting June 1st.  So stop by 1430 34th Avenue and get your Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria Growler.  Fill it up with one of their 7 draft beers: Manny’s Pale, Chuckanut Kolsch, Chuckanut Dunkle, Pike Double IPA, Three Skulls BlackBeard Dark Lager, Fish Brewery Mudshark Porter, and New Belgium/Elysian Pink Peppercorn IPA.

Molly Moon’s Reopens in Madrona

Molly MoonsMolly Moon’s has reopened their Madrona location after closing this past October for the winter.  When Molly Moon’s opened their micro-store in Madrona last May it was an experiment.  Molly Moon’s learned from their experience and have reopened the store after a mini-renovation.  When Molly Moon’s originally opened they did not serve scoops due to the size of the location and limits by city regulations, but they have reconfigured the store to allow for scoops of five different flavors.  Gone are the Mollipops, but now in addition to scoops you can order sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and more.  Go visit the new improved Madrona Molly Moon’s.  They are now opened daily from noon to 10 PM.

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.