Edy Kizaki

A Truly Neighborhood Bar and Grill in Green Lake

June 4, 2012 in Green Lake, Restaurants

GLBG2Hey, is it Greenlake or Green Lake, anyway?  This question may never be settled, because here in Seattle people have been doing both.  I tend to think it’s actually Greenlake, as seen in the media most often.  But then, on the Seattle Parks website, it’s Green Lake.  And in our real estate Multiple Listing Service, the GLBG3neighborhood is known as Green Lake.  So when I write about the neighborhood, I use the spelling Green Lake.

But enough of this, let’s talk about a great place to eat in … er… Green Lake.  The Greenlake Bar & Grill.  If you click on their logo on the Neighborhood Grills website (this is one of a group of restaurants which also include Eastlake Bar & Grill (one of our favorites), Lake Forest Park Bar & Grill (great eats, service only so so) Lunchbox Laboratory (recently I blogged on it) in South Lake Union, and two I have not tried, Crossroads Bar and Grill and Bremmerton Bar and Grill).  ANYway, if you click on the Greenlake logo, you will get a cool video of the venue and nearby Green Lake too.

The food is great, plentiful, and deservedly talked about with real pleasure by the regulars!  They do a breakfast daily from 9 to 11 with such favorites as GLBG5Buttermilk Pancakes, various scrambles, Breakfast Tacos, Veggie Fritatta, Shirmp and Potato Cakes…brunch is Saturdays and Sundays 9-2 with a grilled steak and blue cheese salad, fish and chips, burgers, angus prime dip, Piggy Mac n Cheese topped with grilled chicken, and more.  The menus are on their website along with lunch, dinner, and happy hour (finger foods like smokey cheddar fries and so much more, salads, burgers, well drinks, beers, all at very happy prices) menus too.

The same dishes do show up throughout all the menus as appropriate for time of day, but they do have daily specials as well.  Yesterday these included, for lunch on the $7.99 Big Deal Lunch, a Chicken Rice Bowl, Patty Melt done up right, Asian BBQ Salmon Sandwich, combos, for rotating drafts Elysian Perseus Porter, Pyramid Curveball Blonde, Sierra Nevada pale Ale, and Sam Adams Summer Ale (well, it WAS GreenlakeBar&Grill1pretty sunny after all) and cocktails that included an Orange Mojito, Acai Cosmo, and Whipped Caramel Cocoa with two kinds of vodka.

For me though, it’s as much the atmosphere that makes it a good choice, the light from the park slanting in the windows, the architectural spaces and privacy created by the inspired layout, the mood lighting and fast, friendly and efficient service.  Try it and let me know what you think!  And don’t forget to grab a latte and walk around the lake when you’re done with your meal.

GreenLakeWhile we’re on the subject, Green Lake is a place people love to live, and come to from surrounding areas and actually all over, to play and relax.  It is known as a center of physical fitness activity for one, a serene getaway in the midst of the city, a place with great eateries and a few good shops too, and all the sports and play opportunities that the Green Lake Park itself offers. It is a wonderful little pocket of lifestyle in the heart (well, northern heart) of Seattle, Green Lake real estate is always in demand simply because of what the lake provides, as well as the proximity to the downtown area making it a “dream commute” and easy to get to I-520 or I-90 to get to the Eastside too.  It is also one of the smaller neighborhoods space wise, creating more demand than the housing that exists, which keeps value high.  In recent years (but before the slow down in the market) there were many nice townhouse projects executed to the north and west of the central Green Lake area which brought more affordable housing into the highly desirable area.

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Edy Kizaki

Try Duke’s in Green Lake

April 4, 2012 in Green Lake, Restaurants

Dukes1Everyone knows and loves Duke’s Chowder House in Green Lake.  It IS famous award winning chowder, and it IS addictive.  It’s even hard to choose which of the five distinctive chowders you want at any given visit (which is probably why they have the chowder sampler with 2, 3, 4, or even 5 choices in little “boat” bowls).  You have to decide, the clam chowder (the real thing, I think my favorite clam chowder I’ve ever had, seriously), the Northwest seafood chowder, the NW Coast Dungeness Crab and Bourbon Chowder, or perhaps you’d prefer a non-seafood choice?  The Cajun Chicken corn chowder?  Last but not least is a very rich and savory Lobster Pernod chowder.

Something to know about this local favorite with six locations is that they use fresh and natural ingredients.  How often have you wondered what kind of water or beef they used to make your soup or sandwich?  With Duke’s, wonder no more.  The website and the menus explain pretty clearly that all their ingredients are fresh, and 100% natural.  In fact, it explains that this clam chowder is the only 100% natural in the world, with no flavor enhancers, no color

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enhancers, chemicals or preservatives.  They don’t have Atlantic or farmed salmon.  They cook with oil that has no trans fat.  They use wild Alaskan seafood.  They use beef  and chicken that is free of hormones, drugs, and antibiotics.  The list goes on!  For me, it is just the best tasting clam chowder ever… so much for flavor “enhancers”.

Or perhaps you are going out for drinks with your friends or your sweetheart?  Then if I were you I would try hard to make it to Happy Hour, which is 3-6 and 9-close (they close at 12 Friday and Saturday and 11 the other nights, dinner ends an hour before closing).  They have great cocktails including a famous “bloody bloody Mary”, a Blueberry Lemon Drop, some great Mojitos including Cucumber (woa?!) and their Grapefruit Nirvanna was voted “most refreshing Dukes3cocktail in Seattle” in 2011.

Last year Dave and I were sitting with Maura and Keith on the deck of the West Seattle Duke’s (on Alki overlooking the beach) and had what I am pretty sure was the best happy hour in history, pretty much reminding me most of those late Sunday mornings in SF for brunch at Mission Bay Cafe, watching the little boats pull up to the pier and people climb up for breakfast on the deck over the auto body shop.  Thanks, Dukes.  Don’t ever stop doing what you do!

Edy Kizaki

Shopping and Dining in Edmonds

April 3, 2012 in Edmonds, Restaurants, Shopping

I include both of these as they often go together.  Besides being a great art gallery town, the historical downtown of Edmonds (which is often called Edmonds Bowl because it is set around by hills with many lovely view homes on them) has great boutiques and truly pleasing eateries, many more than the size might lead you to believe until you understand that Edmonds is one of those little quaint seaside destination towns, like Carmel or Sausalito in California, or Marblehead north of Boston, or Lincoln on the seaside in Oregon.

The ferry departs from Edmonds, and there is a little Amtrak station as well.

Some of the favorite eating places if you want an elegant meal include Arnie’s Restaurant and Bar down by the yacht harbor (you will NOT be disappointed in their happy hour, or their meals, and a great and pleasing place for birthdays or to take guests to the area), Anthony’s Home Port which has several locations but high standards and is an “experience” venue, Cafe de Paris on Main Street (oh, and Garadi’s Osteria on 5th).

Antiques are big here, and a huge emporium with many many vendors is the Waterfront Antique Mall on Sunset Steet.  If you ever get out of there in time to try others, there are smaller but equally interesting shops on 5th Avenue and Main Street, for example Mainly Antiques or Rosa Mundi’s Antiques and Design (which also is an interior design studio) on Main Street.  Then I’m going to suggest you go to The Savvy Traveler, a travel item and book store (if you either love travel or reading about it in books) and the Namas Candy Store which is beloved and an experience all by itself.

Another place I love to stop in is the Fabric of Life Foundation at 523 Main Street.  It is certainly good shopping, but you have the added satisfaction of knowing that the dollars you spend are in a great cause.  This shop is central to an organization that helps young women in Africa to leave a life of begging and become artisans.  There are training programs and a system for bringing the crafts here to be sold.  On the website you can see stories of some of the young women whose lives are being changed, and in the shop are posted signs with the stories on them.  It’s almost like taking a trip to a distant land and shopping in the street market, all in an hour.  There are also sometimes drum workshops and other community events.  According to their most recent email, since the recent coup in Mali, where the training center is located, the need is great for people to shop so the funds can be used to keep the graduates safe during the unrest.

There are other areas of Edmonds well worth exploring and more of interest in downtown Edmonds too, so stay tuned for further notes on the area!