Nestled within the Silver Cloud Hotel, Nine O Bar & Grill showcases the talents of chefs who sizzle up hearty American eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Silently peruse or boisterously orate the extensive menu that’s filled with traditional spreads such as the ale house fish ‘n’ chips, which features beer-battered cod and french fries accompanied by house-made coleslaw ($11.90). Culinarians sauté the seafood fettuccine alfredo in garlic parmesan sauce with prawns, bay scallops, and vegetables ($19.90), and flame-kiss their signature rib eye before topping it with mushrooms and autographing it in blue cheese ($26.90). Other, more casual fare includes sandwiches, such as the swiss and avocado burger ($11.90), and a Hawaiian pizza ($11.90) dressed in canadian bacon, pineapple, and a palm-tree print button down.
Padded black booths surround grills beneath gleaming hoods, which reflect the glow of sunset-orange walls as they sweep away rising warm air and spice-steeped aromas. On Palace Korean Bar & Grill's tabletop skillets, chefs sizzle menu items such as pearlescent curlicues of kimchi and cuts of seafood as well as bulgogi, spicy slices of brisket also known as Korean barbecue. During the all-you-can-eat special, silverware jangles endlessly like a knight looking for his car keys as diners tuck into bottomless helpings of marinated beef short ribs, tender marble brisket, spicy pork belly, and jumbo shrimp.
The chef and owner opened 4th Street Grill & Lounge to serve Vietnamese recipes she learned from her family. By fusing these dishes with American elements, she creates an accessible menu where East can meet West somewhere other than the prime meridian.
As the morning transitions into lunch and dinner, the kitchen stops churning out omelets and french toast in favor of crispy crab-and-prawn rolls and yakisoba noodles topped with teriyaki sauce. Bartenders pour glasses of wine and beer when they aren't mixing colorful cocktails and martinis.
A tortilla makes a handy mouse pad, an acceptable patch for stiff denim jeans, and, if you draw a face on it, an ideal companion on fishing trips. But there are many other uses for it, as today's Groupon proves: for $20, you get $40 worth of creative cocktails and contemporary Mexican cuisine at Barrio’s elegant Capitol Hill and Bellevue eateries.
Corks and Canvas Events, like a work of fine art, came about by pairing a good idea with a passion to create. The founders both came from the marketing world, where they spent their days devising campaigns and events to inspire their audiences to take action. A shared love for art and wine inspired them to bend their action-creating talents toward a new goal?hosting painting and wine events in area wineries and wine bars, allowing guests to "uncork their creativity" and promote the burgeoning Washington wine industry in a social setting.
Their idea took the form of Corks and Canvas Events, where experienced artists lead guests step-by-step through the painting creation process. Guests re-create various paintings, everything from lush vineyard scenes to preening roosters, while sipping on glasses of local wines.
With a palette of fresh local ingredients, The Islander's culinary team paints a menu of upscale dishes, carrying diners on a journey from the pubs of Middle America to the Great Plains and back to the coast. On the outdoor deck, stunning views of the Cascade Mountains and the town center keep guests grounded as fresh catches of wild salmon, prawn, and dungeness crab attempt to carry them out to sea. Indoors, flags of the world reminisce over the melting-pot nature of the menu, where half-pound burgers rolled in cracked peppercorn occupy the same space as prawn pasta and center-cut new york steaks with tempura shoestring onions. Ace barkeeps mix delectable specialty drinks, and pours of regional and international wines, microbrews, and rare European-style beers complement each dish. Frequent wine and beer tastings continue The Islander's flavor celebration, helping guests explore different pairings and fill their monthly friend-making quota. Sports aficionados, meanwhile, can get their fix by watching nightly games on the sports bar's eight high-definition televisions.