Seattle is chalked full of amazing eateries, but which neighborhood has the BEST eats? Seattle Weeklyis determined to find out which neighborhoods are willing to back their local restaurants by competing in the publication’s 2nd annual Snackdown contest, where neighborhoods are matched up Northeast vs. Southeast, Ballard vs. Fremont, etc to determine once and for all who is the best eating district.
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Last week the Southeast bloc, which consists of Madrona, Mt Baker, the Central District, Beacon Hill, Georgetown, Columbia City and the Rainier Valley will now advance to play in the competitive tournament this week after beating the best of the Northeast. Voting begins today and the Southeast will certainly need it this week, as they go up against last year’s reigning champ neighborhood White Center. If you think Madrona and the rest of the Southeast “hoods” have what it takes, cast your vote to help claim the bragging rights for the Snackdown title.
With fall nearly upon us, we’re all itching for something fun to do to this weekend before the weather takes a turn for the rain. If you’re searching for a place to enjoy a beer and a concert with friends and family, we’ve found the perfect spot to celebrate the end of summer at the annual Fremont Oktoberfest. Tomorrow kicks off the weekend full of festivities, with German inspired Beer Gardens near 35th and Phinney Ave, with over 80 micro-brews and German lagers on tap! There is no charge for admission to the festival itself, but if you wish to partake in the beer gardens, admission is between $20-30, and includes a beer mug and tasting tokens. Beers start flowing at 5:00 pm and close at 11:15 tomorrow, and guests can enjoy their beer in small or Buxom Size!
Oktoberfest isn’t just about the beer; there is a list of events planned for the whole family to enjoy, including a 5k on Saturday morning, and a street scramble on Sunday where groups will be given 30 locations throughout the Fremont area to find hit, and the group that’s makes it to the most points of interest in 90 minutes wins. Feel guilty leaving your pup at home? Bring him to Sunday’s Dogtoberfest, where he can join you in the beer garden, sip filtered water in 92.5’s doggie ultra lounge, and run alongside you in a 5k. There is also live music throughout Saturday and Sunday, and a pumpkin chainsaw carving contest, so come on down and enjoy Oktoberfest the Fremont way!
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!
While Madrona Ale House is known for being one of the best kid friendly restaurants in Madrona, it’s also a good time for adults too. The kiddies will love the mac and cheese, and you can enjoy an alehouse burger, washed down with an ice cold beer. But some nights you just want to leave the kids at home with a sitter, and that’s why this restaurant is so well versed, because they also cater to the late night adults, with a late night happy hour!
I’m not quite sure how long they have had a happy hour but I’m glad we stumbled upon it, because the happy hour menu is not listed on their website, and the neighborhood should really know what they might be missing out on! From 9-10:30 pm you can come in for $4-5 deals such as mini burgers, mini nachos, or papas locos fries smothered with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, pepperonis and bacon! They also offer drink specials until 11pm, so if you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a cheap late night snack, don’t rule this one out as just a place you take your kids for pizza.
Noted as one of the best burger joints in Capitol Hill ever since it opened a year ago, Lil Woody’s is showering the neighborhood with their yummy burgers on Monday afternoon, in celebration of it’s 1st birthday.
To celebrate, Lil Woody’s will be serving up their famous burgers from 2-5pm on August 27th, along with other party favors from their neighborhood friends. The favors will include gift certificates from Pike Street Fish Fry, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Cafe Vita, Via Tribunali Pizza, Uber, and Alive and Well, among others. Guests coming for freebies should expect a long line of patrons gearing up to join the party! Lil Woody’s burgers are made from Painted Hills meats, hand cut fries from Northwest potatoes, and seasonings and sauces made in-house. Their milkshakes are even made with Seattle favorite Molly moon’s ice cream! For more information about the free burger giveaway, visit Woody’s.
The Old Peculiar Public House in Ballard will host it’s annual fundraiser to benefit the Seattle Firefighter Drum Band, and Seattle’s Bravest Charity, originally known as Seattle Fire Fighter’s Benevolent Association. The charity came to shape in 1995 after after the deaths of 4 firefighters Pang Arson Warehouse Fire, and has since grown into a huge organization that supports the community and the Seattle Fire Department.
The fundraiser will have a pig roast and lively pipe band that will perform in traditional attire, ie kilts, high socks, newspaper boy caps and bagpipes throughout the day, from 10am on. The bar will roast several pigs and serve yummy sides like macaroni salad, coleslaw, and baked beans. The fundraiser is a 21+ only event, and micro brews can be purchased for $4 a beer. Tickets for this event cost $20 bucks per person in advance, and $25 day of the event, and include entry, food, and entertainment. For more information on the event, or to purchase your ticket early, visit the Pigs & Pipes page.
It’s no surprise Seattle has recently become obsessed with putting just about anything in a mason jar, from pickling veggies, to beer, to flowers in a haphazard vase. But desserts created in jars is a new concept to me, and author Shaina Olmanson has an entire book dedicated to the delectable art. Tomorrow afternoon she will be joining the folks over at Hot Cakes, who also have a love for serving desserts in jars, to promote Olmanson’s book, “Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats That Shine.”
The book signing will take place at Hotcakes in Ballard at 1:00pm, and attendees will get to sample some of the desserts from the book, as well as some of Hot Cakes favored sweet treats. The event is $20 per person, and everyone will receive a signed copy of the book. For more information on the event visit Hot Cakes.
Last weekend, you may have heard about all the hype in Woodinville, when Skillet Founder Josh Henderson knocked the socks off of guests attending the first of the ultra private series of One Night Only dinners, created by Julien Perry and Melissa Peterman. They created the series to give diners an insider experience unlike anything they could experience outside of that evening; an experience that cannot, and will not ever be repeated. One Night only will run twice a month, matching a top notch local chef with a wine-maker brewer, or other alcohol extraordinaire, and the tickets certainly run a hefty price for this one of a kind experience, between $150-250 per person.
The next dinner will be held on August 26th at Madrona’s Bottlehouse, where Manu Alfau will host a Dominican Christmas feast, to help raise awareness for his new Caribbean sandwich shop in Pioneer Square, and Rob Roy’s Anu Apte will pair drinks. If you’re interested in tickets for this dinner, or want more information on upcoming nights, visit the One Night Only Project.
As we’d mentioned in a previous article, the folks who run the Matador restaurants are opening another restaurant, but leaving the extensive Tequila list at home; Kickin Boots Whiskey in Ballard will open next Thursday, catering to all the dark liquor and BBQ lovers in town! The building owners told the restaurateurs to keep as much of the original building as possible, and they catered to the request by keeping the original ceiling and floors in tact.
Kickin Boot has an outdoor patio that seats 50, all ages dining area, and a wrap around bar with a Southern touch. The patio has heated floors and a pull down garage door perfect for Seattle’s unpredictable weather, but according to My Ballard, the owners hope to keep the patio open throughout the summer. For more information on the grand opening, visit Kickin Boot’s website.
As of two weeks ago, when Restaurant Bea‘s favored chef Tom Black of the Barking Frog, and 35th Street Bistro in Fremont was replaced with a lesser known chef, there has been some discrepancies in the quality of food, according to a review by the Seattle Metropolitan. Have you noticed any differences in the restaurant’s service?
The review also stated that the food critic had come a little early in the chef’s transition, and still had high hopes for the restaurant overall, which has been a Madrona favorite for locals and visitors alike. If you’re in the neighborhood, you be the one to judge for yourself.