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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Alki Beach Pub (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.)

Alki Beach Pub 2722 Alki Avenue S/W Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.  It is across the water from downtown settle and over looks Seattle.  Open Monday to Friday 4 pm to 2 am, Saturday and Sunday 1200 noon to 2 am.   It has 2 tables of 4 and one table f two in front of the windows with the best view. They have a 10-12 person sit-up bar.  In the middle of the bar, is a long pub high table that hods about 20 people, who can either sit or stand.  For lunch I had the Fish Tacos and  my partner had the Shrimp Tacos:  Two flour tortillas filled with cabbage slaw and then drizzled with their avocado crema.  Black beans, fresh salsa and tortilla chips on the side.  These were both very good,  My favorite was the hand breaded fish tacos over the sauteed shrimp tacos.  They have 9 beer on tap and rotating taps as well.  Our waitress/ bartender Megan was new but very hard working and friendly.  That girl never stopped!  She makes an awesome Bloddy Mary and is very proud of it, which she should be.  There is a sidewalk patio in front and another one long the side of the building and between the neighbouring building.

Kiniski's Reef Tavern (Point Roberts, Washington, U.S.A.)

Kiniski's Reef Tavern 1334 Gulf Road, Point Roberts, Washington, U.S.A.  If you are not familiar with this area of Point Roberts, Washington it is quite abut different.  Over 100 years ago when they were drawing up the border between Canada and the U.S.A.  This little part of Washington state is accessible only via Canada.  The drew the border right through this peninsula and it is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on 3 sides and Tsawassen, British Columbia, Canada on the 4th side.  You have toget there if coming from the U.S.A. via Interstate 5 through Blaine Washington which turns into hwy 99 in Canada  Take that then south on Hwy 17 and in to Tsawassen.  The trip takes about 35 to 40 minutes from Blaine Washington to get there.  Daily they have to bus the school kids back and forth to Blaine for school. Kiniski'as was originally owned by famous wrestler Gene Kiniski  (known as "Canada's Greatest Athlete")and his son Nick KINISKI who was a wrestler too.  The present owners bought it back in 1988 and have owned it since.  One wall has a large tribute to Gene Kiniski and Nick and their wrestling careers.  Back in 1982/1883 I remember going there and seeing and talking to Gene KINISKI him self!  I was last here in the early 1990's. It really has not changed much since then.  They have a 11 person sit up bar, but is mostly for pull tabs and half of the bar faces the window and gives you a great view of the ocean.  Out side there is a large patio area looking over the ocean.  6 different types of beer on tap and 3 micro brews.  Wine is $4.25 a glass.  They have pull tabs and 2 pool tables. 5 flat screen TV'S. For lunch we had the Reef's Point Bob Burger: Hand formed fresh ground beef,cheese, Bacon,sauteed mushrooms and grilled onions.  that was a great burger!!  Came with french fries.  I had a good time and it was nice to go down memory lane again.

Rory's of Edmonds (Edmonds, Washington, U.S.A.)

Rory's of Edmonds, 105 Main Street, Edmonds, Washington, U.S.A. right by the Edmonds/ Kingston ferry terminal. What a great bar that has also been around for quite a while. There is a unique 11 person sit up bar that hs a funny little section at one end that seats 2 people and the server is between that and the rest of the bar.  They have 3 nice 6 person pub high tables.  There are  3 flat screen TV's through out the bar.  With 25 different types of beer on tap you should find some thing you like.  It has nautical theme through out.  In the middle of the room, there is a fireplace with a metal coned shopped hood that is suspended with chains.  The fireplace is in the middle of the table and there are 8 seats around so you can keep warm while visiting, very cool!  For lunch I had the Daily special which was a home made meatloaf sandwich and fries.  It was awesome,loved every bite of it!  My dining partner had the cob salad, loaded with diced bacon, grilled chicken, crumbled blue cheese and hard boiled egg.  Said that is was very very good and filling.  Also of interest on the menu is;  Bowl of Balls......Bowl of seasoned meat balls with pesto garlic cream sauce and parmesan (they spelled it).  Service was great and nice and friendly.  Very cool place and a great view.  There is an out door patio facing the ferry/ water area.  Great place with great home made food! i will be back for sure!!!

Lodge Sports Bar and Grille Greenway (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Lodge Sports bar and Grille at the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 85th Street, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.  They have an absolutely stunning sit up bar that holds 35 people.  The bar s made of old growth split log finished to perfection.  The tables are also done this way.  There are 6  pub high tables that seat 6 ad numerous tables of 4.  There are also several tables seating 2.  In the back is a shuffleboard and a pool table.  Through out the bar are 12 large flat screen TV's.  They have 40 different types of beer on tap and they get rotated out.  So every time you come there will be something new.  The taps are mounted by the bar shelves in a long split log and looks great!  They have 4 rectangular monitor screens mounted sideways listing all of the beer they have on tap, what a great idea.  They have a very large selection of Bourbon.  There is a nice large fireplace in the back.  The washrooms are very nice and clean.  done in slate tile and large heave chain that holds up the sink counter top.  There is also a TV in there so you don't miss any thing.  For lunch I had the Pork Quesadilla:  Tangy BBQ sauce pulled pork, roasted bell peppers, caramelized onions, cheddar and jack cheese with sour cream and BBQ sauce....was very good.  We also split the deep fried dill pickles, with a crispy batter and tangy Chipolte sauce very good too! The Edamame was pretty good too!  My friend had Brussel sprout salad with grilled chicken, brussel sprouts, spring salad mix, candied pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries and red onions tossed in a Lucille mustard vinaigrette.  and said that it was very good!!  Loved it here and can't wait to come back again real soon!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Underdogs (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Underdogs 2609 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  This location has changed hands several times over the years and so far this seems to be the best one. One of their logos is  hand with fingers crossed, apparently the owners hope that this pub makes it.  Great place to watch sports with a 30 person sit-up bar.  There are 32 large flat screen tv's through out so you don't miss a thing. They have 6-6 person pub high tables, with 4 right in the front.  In the room to the back they have Chex Table hockey game, pinball games, basketball shooting games , foosball game and a couple of other games.  They also have a caged room in the bar with a ping pong table.  As for food one thing that we tried and was very good was the Perogy Nachos:  12 cheddar potato perogies (instead of chips) covered with Bothwell Cheddar cheese, Manitoba crispy bacon, sour cream, jalapenos,, tomatoes, green onion and sauteed onions.  It was very good!!!  24 different type of beer on tap, including numerous local brews.  Service was nice, quick and friendly.  The cheddar cheese popcorn was lame we must admit. It was cold cheese cut and tossed on top of popcorn. All in all I really enjoyed Underdogs and will be back for sure.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Main Street Alehouse and Eatery (Bothell, Washington, U.S.A.)

Main Street Alehouse and Eatery, 17121 Bothell Way, Bothell, Washington, U.S.A.   Taken from their web site: "Classic cuisine and a huge selection of craft brews. The Main Street Ale House opened as a restaurant in the summer of 1996. It recently relocated from downtown Bothell and moved in with Preservation Kitchen.  The Ale House is now located in the 1916 historical Kaysner Estate.  Owners, Gary and Susan Southwick strive to provide excellent dining at a reasonable price." 
I went there with some friends and I had the Mac and Salad: Ziti, bacon, cheddar cheese sauce, breadcrumbs and Caesar salad.  My friends had, Beet and Quinoa Salad: Roasted beets, quinoa, arugula, Daphne goat Gouda, lemon vinaigrette  and the other friend had the Artichoke and Feta Cakes: Cabbage & jalapeno slaw, feta & oregano.  Every thing was very fresh, good portions and very good!!!  They have 16 different types of beer on tap and they change often.  When you go through the rest of the place it is very cool.  The bedrooms are converted n to dining rooms. One seats only 6, which is great for a private get together.  A great place and I highly recommend trying it out!

Box House Bar (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.)

Box House Bar, 122 S Washington Street, Seattle Washington, U.S.A. Located in Pioneer Square area, the Box House name comes from, goes back in the late 1800's when Pubs and Saloons in the Pioneer Square are were commonly referred to as "Box Houses".  They have a U shaped bar that seats around 12 to 15.  It is packed before the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL games, virtually as soon as the doors open.  So it is tough to tell how good the service is as it is so busy in there and you can't avoid the line ups.  They have a second level.  I haven't had the food here but a couple of people rated it as fair.  It is a short walk to Century Link Field and Safeco Field.  9 beer on tap including rotating IPA's and seasonal beer.  I had a good time before Seahawks games!!

Scott's Bar and Grill (Edmonds, Washington, U.S.A.)

Scott's Bar and Grill, 8115 Lake Ballinger Way, Edmonds, Washington, U.S.A.  A great place with a reputation for having very good food.  They have a straight 12 person sip-up bar. The tables a r granite with leather wrap around chairs.  There are 2 pub height tables that each sit 10 people and you get to sit across from the person in close proximity.  13 different types of beer on tap and they are mostly local ones.  For lunch I had the Blue Maytag Salad, which has lots of blue cheese crumbles, slivered almonds, it was very fresh and good!  We had the French Onion soup with nice aged parmesan cheese.  It was excellent as well!  The kitchen is wide open so you can easily watch them cook.  There exposed 6 X 6 beams through out.  The other two thirds of the bar is for families.  There is lots of parking n front and daily specials.  I really like this place and the food is excellent!!

McMenamins Anderson School (Bothell, Washington, U.S.A.)

McMenamins Anderson School 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, Washington, U.S.A.  This placed is amazing and sooo cool!  I have never been to a McMenamins experience before.  A friend once recommended one in Portland to me but I never made it there. Mike and Brian McMemamin opened their first location in 1974 in Portland, Oregon.  This used to be the Bothell high school and was built in 1931 it ceased as a school in 2009. This is a 5 acre complex with the old school as the starting point.  The school is the 72 room hotel, all the rooms are named after past teachers.  When you go to the 3 rd floor in the middle is the first bar called the Principal's Office.

 This is a neat tiny bar that seats about 8 people.  You can take your drinks with you and walk virtually all over the complex except in the parking lot.  There are nice chairs and table in the hall way  and also on one of the stairway landings where you can sit and enjoy our drink. A great place to have an intimate drink!  There are 3 other large buildings that form a large court yard.  In the courtyard is the Shed pub.
The Shed Pub is in the courtyard and seats about 20 people.  There is a beautiful curved brick wood burning fireplace and is used.  They have a wonderful selection of Whiskey here.  I tried the Knappogue Castle 16 Irish Whiskey which was pretty good!  We met a local couple who come here at least once a week.  The courtyard has lots of tables and chairs and I am told it is packed in the summer time. In one of the other buildings is the Woodshop Pub .

The Woodshop Pub was actually the schools wood shop back in the day.  There is a beautiful long 16 person sit-up bar, the wood in this is stunning.  There are several quaint small booths running across from the bar.  There are 2 full sized shuffleboards and 4 pool tables.  They serve 13 types of their own beer that is brewed on premise.  They also have a few guest taps to try.  With a very large selection of Whiskey, Rum and Tequila you can find something you will like.  The area in the picture above is adults only.  Children can come in the other areas of the bar.  Out side the front doors they have a covered wood burning fire pit complete with warm blankets if you need to cozy up.  On one side of the pub is the Tavern on the Square and the Theatre which has a bar too is on the other side.  We did not try these out, maybe next time.  across one of the parking lots is the South Seas Pub in the building called the North Shore Lagoon.

When you enter the North Shore Lagoon they use what was the school swimming pool and have given it a Polynesian theme to it.  Up stairs and over looking the pool is the South Seas Pub.  Once again very well done, beautiful wood sip-up bar that holds 14 people. The tables again all have the beautiful wood tops.  There are 5 booths running along facing the bar.  Kids not allowed n this part.  They do have an area for kids. Lots of bamboo is uses and gives it a great Polynesian feel.  They have a killer Mai Tai!!
What a great complex, I look forward to coming in the summer and sitting in the court yard!  Definite two thumbs up for this place!!

The Tavern on the Square, another great place.  All of the booths are 4 person church pews.  The bar is a rounded rectangle that seats 40 people.  There is a nice fireplace at on end with nice comfortable chairs in front of it.  For lunch most of us had the: Tavern Boilermaker, which is a toasted hoagie roll with garlic butter, hogshead onions, roast beef & Gruyere cheese served with a house made Terminator stout onion jus.  This was a great sandwich, the bun, the beef the jus all awesome! The beer/ wine etc. is the same through out the complex.  There is the shop which is attached to the Tavern and has a huge selection of items, \i got a double walled stainless steel 64 ounce growler painted in orange.  They say it can keep beer for 7 days. That was a great gift to receive! Thanks!!!