If 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.
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