Friday, May 10, 2013

Recommended! by Stranger Staff - Seattle Food & Drink - The ...

Hey, look: It's Seattle Beer Week, with more than 100 beery events from May 9 through 19 (because a beer week should last 10 days). The sloshy good times happen at the places below and all over town?check for more, and celebrate the best beer city in the world (according to Seattle Beer Week) with beer!

recommendedBITTERROOT ? Ballard: Bitterroot, in the old Acme Rubber Stamp Shop on the corner by Hattie's Hat, uses an in-house smoker and picturesque stacks of apple wood to very good effect. Sides are way better than average, especially the super-fluffy grits. The front room has salvaged wood paneling and chain-link fencing, which sounds weird but looks pleasant; the bar in the back feels a little bit secret, like a small private club. Bitterroot's pretty great, and it's also open late?until 2 a.m. every damn day. (5239 Ballard Ave NW, 588-1577,, $$)

recommendedBEVERIDGE PLACE PUB ? West Seattle: Darts, pool, shuffleboard, and 25 beers on tap and more than 100 in bottles are here for you at this homey neighborhood alehouse. Also: a patio with hop vines growing. For food, there's the commendably sensible solution of the Menu Book, with tons of nearby delivery and take-out options, and they'll also let you bring something to eat from home. (6413 California Ave SW, 932-9906,, $)

recommendedBROUWER'S CAFE ? Fremont: Belgian cuisine offers all kinds of peasanty, promising things: steamed mussels, frites, the creamy chicken-leek stew known as waterzooi, the beer-braised beef stew known as carbonnade, Belgian endive. All of these are served at Brouwer's, and the kitchen gets the flavors right. The place is massive and theatrical, with a kind of swank postindustrial-beer-hall vibe, but the cavernous space somehow still feels cozy (especially if you get one of the dark wooden booths). And if you love beer, you're gonna freak out on the 64 taps and 300-plus bottles, including a tremendous selection of monk-y Belgians. (Also: more than 60 kinds of Scotch!) Beware of the crowd at prime Fremont party hours. (400 N 35th St, 267-2437,, $$)

recommendedTHE BURGUNDIAN ? Green Lake: From the people behind Brouwer's and Bottleworks (yay!), the Burgundian is a craft beer bar in Tangletown where Bandolero (and, before that, the Pour House, and the Luau) used to be. (Confusingly, the Burgundian spent its first few months known as the Publican, but a restaurant in Chicago by the same name got mad, so...) Also: breakfast all day to cushion the drinking, and chicken and waffles that are reportedly God's gift to brunch. (2253 N 56th St, 420-8943,, $$)

recommendedCHUCK'S HOP SHOP ? Greenwood: Chuck's is a mini-market with 23 craft beers on tap and a growing bottle selection of almost 900 different brews (!). They welcome babies and dogs. (656 NW 85th St, 206-297-6212,

recommendedHOPVINE PUB ? Capitol Hill: The Hopvine is a nice, low-key neighborhood place with a good selection of microbrews for the hale, Northwesty set. People go apeshit for the Hopvine's soups?the chef says they've asked if they can get them intravenously. (507 15th Ave E, 328-3120,, $$)

recommendedJOLLY ROGER TAPROOM ? Ballard: The Jolly Roger Taproom is brewpub meets pirates' lair, complete with a treasure map painted on the floor. Beers are from the family-owned Maritime Pacific Brewery, and the menu offers both cheap pub grub and fancier entrees. People love the onion rings, oyster sliders, and fried pickles. (1111 NW Ballard Wy, 782-6181, $?$$)

recommendedNAKED CITY BREWERY & TAPHOUSE ? Greenwood: Naked City is named for the slow-moving 1948 film noir that opens with a beautiful woman being chloroformed and drowned in a tub. The interior is stripped-down and modern, with granite countertops and stark plaster walls, with black-and-white headshots of movie greats and a framed Casablanca poster. Naked City sports a rotating selection of draft beers and ciders, many of them regional or house-brewed?beer nerds will be pleased. (8564 Greenwood Ave N, 838-6299,, $?$$)

recommendedTHE NOBLE FIR ? Ballard: A veteran of REI and a recovering lawyer bring Seattle a great-outdoors-related tavern where everyone can "share wilderness experiences" and gain "renewed inspiration for that hike you've been wanting to tackle." You may also gain renewed inspiration from sharing in the experience of their reportedly great beer selection. (5316 Ballard Ave NW, 420-7425,, $$)

recommendedTHE PINE BOX ? Capitol Hill: Headed by Ian Roberts (a founder of Seattle Beer Week!!!) and occupying the location of the deceased Chapel, the Pine Box enlivens its (gorgeous) mortuary setting with more than 30 beers on tap, plus a menu created in consultation with the great Scott Carsberg (Lampreia, Bisato). Carsberg's not actually in the kitchen, so results can vary, but the pizza is really good, and the short rib?a Flintstones-sized block of meat served with tzatziki and a shiitake/Parmesan hand pie?is outstanding. Mostly, with its leaded glass windows, enormous mirrors, ornate woodwork, vaulted ceiling, and antique fixtures, the Pine Box works marvelously as a beer hall. It's loud and lovely and a lot of fun. (1600 Melrose Ave, 588-0375,, $?$$)

recommendedPROST! Phinney and West Seattle: Seattle's two Prost!s?it means "cheers," specifically for beer, in German?are like miniature beer halls. Their brief German menus skew toward the absorptive?the slow-cooked rippchen mit sauerkraut is a must?and a dizzying number of German imports are on tap at the bar. And along with proper glassware for each beer and steins galore, there's the legendary Boot: a two-liter vessel for the committed or gigantic beer drinker. Prost! (3407 California Ave SW, 420-7174, and 7311 Greenwood Ave N, 706-5430,, $)

recommendedQUINN'S ? Capitol Hill: The people behind Restaurant Zo? created this Capitol Hill gastropub, offering (relatively) affordable, prettied-up versions of country foods people have been eating forever. Dark, plain furnishings set against the enormous windows anchor the space, leaving the limelight to the building's bones; the best thing about the space might be the bouquet-of-lightbulbs chandeliers, like a collection of good ideas glowing together. Upstairs is like the hold of an old ship. People love the wild boar sloppy joe, and anything p?t?-ish or sausagey is bound to be great (vegetarians, beware). Quinn's bar favors whiskeys, bourbons, and beers, and they always carry several Trappist ales and always have 14 beers on tap. (1001 E Pike St, 325-7711,, $$)

recommendedVON TRAPP'S ? Capitol Hill: Von Trapp's is a "Bavarian-inspired" behemoth of a beer hall across from Seattle University that houses five bocce courts, two mezzanines, three bars, seven kinds of homemade wurst, 24 beers on tap (plus tons more in bottles), and a partridge in a pear tree. (912 12th Ave, 206-325-5409,, $)

recommendedTHE YARD CAFE ? Greenwood: Brought to you by the people of Ballard's excellent pub/cafe/bottle shop the Dray (spell it backward!), the Yard has 12 rotating beers on tap, Mexican food, and a giant yard. It sounds fun! (8313 Greenwood Ave N, 588-1746,, $$)


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