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.
Stan Phillips spent his childhood at his father’s side in their Kansas City backyard, his little hands barely strong enough to handle the wood for the family’s smoker. Now that he’s grown, Phillips brings his family’s recipes to his Issaquah restaurant, where he slathers meats such as beef brisket, ribs, hot links, and ham with a traditional dry rub, smokes them over hickory wood, and dishes them out with sauce on the side. When diners step inside the rustic barbecue joint, they can order their meats by the pound, or dig into sandwiches such as the Cowboy, whose pork is pulled apart with a spur. A full bar slings cocktails, wines, and craft beers to suit every entrée, and the dining room displays a full Sunday football lineup on its large televisions.
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.