It’s Halloween; Don a Scary Costume, Save at These Local Restaurants/Bars

With Halloween right around the corner, Seattle restaurants are taking advantage of the festive scary scenery, and rewarding  cladly dressed Seattleites with specials on food and drink around town, from now until October 31st. Check out the list of establishments who actually prefer if you’re dining in Zombie attire than suit and tie this week.

Boka will be offering happy hour prices on all food and drink items to all diners dressed in Zombie attire this Saturday October 27th! Zombie diners are also encouraged to head over to the Thrill the World dance off in Occidental Park to break the record for biggest “Thriller” performance.

Belltown Pub will be hosting a Dracula PJ party with Halloween food and drink available, and no cover charge from 9-close on October 27th.

Linda’s Tavern is having a 50’s themed Halloween mixer on October 31st, with guest DJ King Dude. Party begins from 8pm-close, with free entry. Costumes strongly suggested.

Cupcake Royale Place your order of 12 or more cupcakes on or before October 30th for your big Halloween party, and receive a free pint of Cupcake Royale ice cream.

Cafe Flora will host a pumpkin decorating event on Saturday from 10am-2pm in Washington Park, perfect for your little ones. Pumpkin bread, pancakes and spiced cider will be on hand to snack on during the festivities. Costumes are welcome!

Beers and Brats all Weekend; Fremont Oktoberfest is Here!

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!

Cafe Lieto To Be Featured On the Travel Channel!

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!

Madrona Ale House Has Late Night Happy Hour

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.

Desserts in Jars Author Comes to Ballard For Tasting and Book Signing

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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.

Kickin Boot Whiskey to Open Next Thursday

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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.

Seattle Met Reviews Restaurant Bea’s New Chef

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.

Best Seattle Bars to Watch the Olympics

If you’ve been keeping up with any of the Olympics this year, you’ve probably noticed that there is quite a handful of local Washingtonians representing the United States, as well as other countries at the London games this year. Our state is represented by hot shot swimmer Nathan Adrian,  Basketball Star Sue Bird, and Adrienne Martelli in women’s rowing. If you’ve been busy outside enjoying the sunshine, or holed up at work during prime Olympic hours, we’ve got a handful of local neighborhood bars that are playing the games non-stop through August 12th, so you can catch team USA in action.

If you’re in Capitol Hill the newest sports bar in town 95 Slide open from 2-2, and the bar is planning on having food and drink specials during major Olympic events such as the basketball finals. If you’d like to feel like you’re in London, hit up one of the  sister English pubs, in Ballard the Market Arms or George and Dragon (operated by the same English owner). Spit Fire and Buckley’s in Belltown will have specials during popular Olympic events, and Spitfire will be hosting a closing ceremony party, similar to the big event they had on opening night. Come on out and experience the Olympic tradition, and success of team USA with your neighboring sports fans through August 12th!

Full Tilt is Offering Free Scoops on Monday!

The weather in Seattle is FINALLY heating up as we’re nearing August, and the folks over at Full Tilt Ice Cream in Ballard will be offering free kid scoops this upcoming Monday August 6th, to show their appreciation for the neighborhood. The Ballard’s store opening has by far seen the most success, and to show their appreciation for the locals in the area, they’re offering up a free scoop day to express their gratitude from noon until they run out. The announced the free scoop day via Facebook yesterday, so if you’re in the area next week, stop on by and get your free sweet tooth on! Full Tilt also has other locations (who will not be participating in free scoop Monday) in White Center, Columbia City,

Bastille Day and Seafoodfest… Busy Weekend in Ballard!

Not only will Ballard be bustling with seafood crazed locals this weekend, it will also host patrons celebrating the French National Independence Day, Bastille Day! Where do you think will be the happening venue in town to host such festivities? Bastille of course, will have a variety of specials, including $5 wine and cocktails, oysters and baguette sandwiches, as well as entertainment on their outdoor patio, beginning at 2pm.

Bastille will also host a pétanque tournament, a traditional french game similar to croquet, $5 per person, bragging rights free of charge. Bastille is just blocks away from where the Annual SeafoodFest will be serving up all kinds of Northwest seafood fare, general rules state that every vendor must serve at least one seafood item on their menu. Vendors and stages will line up along 22nd Ave NW, come on down and hangout with the neighbors this weekend!