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Eat to the Beat – The Stranger

Seattle and Washington State have at all times had all kinds of puritanical, wacky, nonsense legal guidelines about serving liquor. The one requiring bars to have a “kitchen” is one among them. Washington Administrative Code 314-02-035 states, “A spirits, beer, and wine restaurant licensee should serve a minimum of 4 full meals. Institutions shall be maintained in a considerable method as a spot for making ready, cooking, and serving of full meals.”

Common bars steadily discover it troublesome to adjust to the meals rule resulting from house restrictions and the bodily logistics of fundamental kitchen wants like refrigeration and venting. And it is particularly sophisticated for stay music venues—whereas having an precise kitchen might help present revue on non-show nights and off hours, the requirement may also be a money suck. Oftentimes persons are merely there to drink and meals would not promote.

There are venues that efficiently stability each meals and leisure, although. Triple Door, a straight-up “dinner and a showroom” rocks a fab kitchen with seafood and Southeast Asian fare (Wild Ginger is their sister property), Burien’s lately opened Flight Path serves pub requirements and pasta with a facet of comedy and stay music , and in West Seattle, each the Skylark Cafe & Membership and Straightforward Road Data & Cafe have reveals and serve a full menu from breakfast on. In Neumos’ side-bar the Runway, you have bought Bok a Bok rooster, the Crocodile’s just-turned-one-year-old eatery Stromboli is a satisfying approach to sop up the sauce, and Wild Rose lately introduced it is reinventing its menu and specializing in upping its meals sport.

Although the bylaws nonetheless require the service of “4 full meals” (severely, Seattle, repair this) most folk are working below the “minimal necessities,” serving easy issues like burgers, sizzling canines, or frozen meals to remain authorized. Some ignore it totally and take the danger.

In consideration of supporting the venues on the market making an effort—and one burdened by the requirements—here is a roundup of music venues with strong menus so you may skip the additional operating round it takes to seize pre-show dinner and pump that saved Uber fare again into the native music economic system.

The Rabbit Field

94 Pike St,

The Hemingway Burger, wrapped in a replica of Ernest Hemingway’s personal recipe on the Rabbit Field. Ma’Chell Duma

The Rabbit Field is a brand new hideaway that instantly takes you out of the insanity of Pike Place Market and surrounds you with seductively good lighting, well-crafted cocktails, literary references, and stage-adjacent seating with musicians performing so shut you may contact them.

On a non-show night time, it is the intimate sort of room the place clandestine plans are made whereas PJ Harvey moans within the background. You will discover tasty bites at each value level—the menu could be very pretty priced, particularly for Pike Place—and most notable is the Hemingway Burger, wrapped in a replica of Hemingway’s personal recipe and seasoned so masterfully it tastes like sport.

The longer term contains plans to livestream and report reveals, in addition to host readings, interviews, and selection reveals that may be broadcast. “Radio is sooner or later, together with an annual album/journal,” says owner-operator Robynne Hawthorne.

Clock Out Lounge

4864 Beacon Ave S,

Beets by Schrute Salad at Breezy City Pizza inside Clock-Out Lounge. Ma’Chell Duma

Clock-Out Lounge hosts every little thing from all-ages, TV-centric trivia to old-school 21-plus punk reveals, typically over the course of the identical day. Nestled contained in the Beacon Hill venue, you will discover Breezy City Pizza serving up a tacky but structurally sound pie or slice. Suppose a Chicago deep dish merged together with her handheld NYC cousin.

Your finest bets to stroll in and seize a desk with out a wait are at 4 and eight pm, and that’s present dependent so verify that calendar. There are stellar salads, just like the Beets by Schrute Salad, which is a tribute to The workplace that showcases the aforementioned beets with pistachio, goat cheese, and a tangy French dressing, and each vegan and non-vegan pizza choices to suit everyone’s tastes.

“Earlier than I opened both of my eating places (again once I had free time on evenings and weekends), I used to be a stay music photographer for KEXP—I used to be really launched to Clock-Out’s house owners, Jodi [Ecklund] and Denise [Burnside], by means of a buddy who nonetheless works at KEXP,” says Breezy City proprietor Dave Lichterman. “I coated in-studio periods with Blue Students and Shabazz Palaces, [and] to have Geo and Ish be followers of my pizza lets me join my previous life as a photographer to my present life operating Breezy City Pizza and Windy Metropolis Pie.

“Having bands who I initially met by means of images come by means of Clock-Out Lounge/Breezy City Pizza has been a number of the most fulfilling full-circle moments for me, permitting me to share my ardour for meals with folks I beforehand met and befriended in a very completely different context. It has been actually rewarding being a part of the Beacon Hill music scene, particularly when households get to be a part of the house when it is energetic as a venue, like throughout Faculty of Rock. By means of the live shows, many people are launched to our pizza for the primary time after which return as prospects even when bands aren’t performing.”

The Royal Room

5000 Rainier Ave S,

Blackened catfish with braised collard greens and soiled rice on the Royal Room. Ma’Chell Duma

Columbia Metropolis is bopping seven nights every week thanks partially to the success of the Royal Room, which includes a packed schedule good for these hard-to-entertain in-laws or visiting out-of-towners. Proprietors Tia Matthies—whose Seattle music lineage dates again to the legendary OK Lodge and OG Rendezvous and he or she’s additionally a associate within the Rabbit Field—and native luminary Wayne Horvitz created an area the place a variety of oldsters dressed up or down get pleasure from basic cocktails and Memorable Cajun-inspired favorites set in opposition to a backdrop of jazz combos and bluesier Seattle bands. Horvitz prides himself on with the ability to recount menu faves of visiting musicians, too, from jazz drummer D’Vonne Lewis (blackened salmon) to Angel Olsen (tacos with candy potatoes).

Bar Home

503 N thirty sixth St,

Over in Fremont, at metallic bar Bar Home, there’s a metallic hotdog. A VERY metallic sizzling canine.

Solely a silly mortal would dare summon this beast from its precisely “use inside one week from date of opening” slumber. Have you learnt what cruel destiny you might be about to convey upon your soul… and intestines? Simply since you requested to your third Bar Home Particular (a $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon with any shot) and slurred out the phrase, “However I gotta eat nowwwwwwww,” would not provide the proper to ship for the Metallic Canine, which is to be introduced forth solely within the direst of meals emergencies. There are various glorious Fremont eating institutions inside one block! But, you weren’t deterred, and can now and eternally reap what you could have sown.

First, know your wait can be infinite. The pangs can be countless. Your longing will know no finish. By the point the faint whiff of your impending doom meets your feeble human senses, you’ll crave your earthly demise.

Gaze upon it in all its naked, bare splendor.

Dare you ask for condiments!?! Oh my depressing, very un-metal, buddy. With lethal chews, you’ll devour purple withered flesh ready by Devil himself below an digital spigot of hell fireplace in any other case often known as the Olde Halfway Professional 18. The bun can be as dry and barren as a pestilent desert of sorrow. Must you require the blood and sugar of nature’s unholiest fruit there can be an upcharge. Additionally they have an assortment of chips!

Word: Really, the Bar Home sizzling canine is completely effective, however it does take an ungodly period of time to organize. You may not summon a demon, however your bartender can be rightfully aggravated and deserve a greater than beneficiant tip. Do not make them cease busily bartending as a result of The Man says they need to have meals readily available. You’re steps away from all kinds of nice Fremont takeout, which you’ll be able to convey on.

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