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

Mr. Gyros in Ballard is Cheap Good Eats

May 15, 2011 in Ballard, Restaurants

Without a doubt, one of the best places to get a gyro in Seattle is Mr. Gyros.  We are definitely a city that loves a good gyro and  whether it’s beef, lamb, or chicken, there is always a heated discussion about which place is best.  If you are in the north part of Seattle, you can’t go wrong with Mr. Gyros. And it’s worth the drive no matter which part of town you are in.

The Gyros Plate comes with your warm sandwich as well as a “Greek salad,” hummus, delicious rice, and a pepper on the side.  At first glance the salad may seem like a lot of lettuce, but do not despair. The salad is incredible, and I don’t know what the dressing is but it’s really good!  The hummus is creamier and tastier (ah ha, this must be what the real thing tastes like).  I didn’t expect the rice to have a sort of creamy taste, it was unusually delicious. A nice little surprise.  Perhaps they put something in the water when they steam it.  The shaved meat is layered up in stacks behind the counter and it looks wonderful, and tastes even better.  I tried the Gyro plate the first time I ate here, and had to bring my family back to show them my new favorite gyro place.  There are many other really yummy looking selections including fattoush and falafal, baba ganoush and mint tea.

Yelp reviews call this food”wonderful” “awesome” and “ridiculously good” and some people claim to eat there as much as three times a week.  I believe it because I took my family back the very next night!  It’s so fast for the order, if you walk in you’ll have your food in 3 minutes, or take out to get home and feed the crew.  The prices are really great and the portions are so big you’ll have leftovers for another full meal or can split an order!

In addition to the food, I won’t forget the super friendly service.  The store is owned and operated by two brothers (it’s their second one, the first was in Greenwood, have not been there yet) and at least one of them is a musician with music playing in the restaurant at times!  The guys gave us great advice on what to try and were more than hospitable. They truly care to take care of you.

Another little special feature is the take-out window open till 2:30 a.m. on Fridays.  And they were voted Best Gyros in Seattle!  The tables are high up with high stools and the room is pretty basic, a neighborhood joint kind of feeling. Bright colors and cool posters make it upbeat.  Better try Mr. Gyros in Greenwood or Ballard, you will be pleasantly satisfied.