Madrona Moves Up in Seattle Neighborhood Snackdown

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.

 

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.

One Night Only Project Comes To Madrona

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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.

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.

Pritty Boys Pizza is On Groupon!

Pritty Boys Family Pizzeria is currently on Groupon! Buy a Groupon for $10 and get $20 worth of food!

If you haven’t tried Pritty Boys, now is the time! These Madrona Pizza boys aren’t just serving up pizza; their full menu includes appetizers such as garlic truffle fries, lightly fried calamari, and meatballs in marinara! They also of course have a variety of delicious pizza pies, which you can order regular or gluten-free, and they offer salads, paninis, and pasta! Yum!

That’s not all! Pritty Boys also serves Full Tilt ice cream for dessert.

To buy a Groupon for Pritty Boys Pizza, click here.

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.