Like any German pub worth its pretzel salt, Berliner Pub has an outdoor beer garden with communal tables inspired by German beer halls, 18 German beers on draft, and a menu of housemade brats and schnitzels. Waitresses clad in Bavarian-beer-maid ensembles bustle about holding liters of Munich's popular Hofbräu lager or Mai-Ur-Bock from Einbecker, which is considered to be the first brewery to brew a bock.
On Saturday nights, a band set up in front of a shelf of steins plays traditional German music, which consists of accordion sounds, guitar riffs, and then some more accordion sounds. During every Seattle Sounders home match, a bus transports fans to the soccer game and back to the pub for a quick drink around the indoor or outdoor fire pits.
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.
After attending culinary school, Lebanon-born Moussa Elmoussa decided to open a restaurant using Mediterranean recipes borrowed from the mother of his half-Grecian wife. More than 17 years later, he continues to prepare a menu made with nutritious, healthy ingredients such as lemon juice, chopped cucumbers, and low-fat yogurt from dieting cows. Chefs at both locations carve kosher and halal lamb, chicken, and beef for gyros, stuff grape leaves with rice, and ladle out housemade tzatziki sauce.
Amidst warm red drapes, exposed brick, and white-linen-covered tables, Vino's Ristorante distributes delectable homemade-pasta handiwork typical of Northern Italy for lunch and dinner guests. The ahi tuna carpaccio ($10.50), complemented by arugula, capers, and dijon mustard, appeases vestigial shark fangs, and the large prawns are buoyed in a white-wine sauce with capers and lemon ($9). Plant-based palate-pleasers include Vino's romaine salad tossed with gorgonzola dolce dressing ($5.50), and standards such as spaghetti bolognese ($10.50) or veal scaloppini in lemon-butter sauce with capers ($17.50) execute traditional culinary prowess with the precision of a robotic chess champion.
Go Deli specializes in Vietnam's answer to the hoagie, the banh mi—serving the signature sub in 17 separate flavors ranging from tame to adventurous. Nestled within 10-inch french baguettes baked fresh daily, each of Go Deli's saigon submarines comes festooned with the house daikon-and-carrot pickles, jalapeños, cilantro, french mayo, soy sauce, and a periscope so that ingredients can view their progress down eaters' gullets. Picky palates can stick with straightforward, succulent protein fillings such as grilled chicken ($2.99) and grilled pork ($2.99), and more intrepid incisors can sink themselves into a sardine variant ($2.99) or the Go Combo ($2.99), a slew of sliced jambon, paté, and head cheese. The menu also lists a selection of traditional deli sandwiches ($3.89–$4.39) and potables, including Vietnamese-style iced coffee ($2.49 for regular, $3.49 for large) and bubble teas in lychee, strawberry, green tea, and hermetically sealed varieties ($3).
The best food begins with the best ingredients, or so said mythical figure Johnny Mucho. Legend has it that the owners of Mucho Burrito Fresh Mexican Grill knew zilch about Mexican food until they met Johnny. His love of food was so infectious that they created Mucho Burrito with his family recipes as their inspiration. Thanks to generations’ worth of expertise, the cooks at Mucho Burrito’s incorporate gourmet touches that you wouldn’t expect at a typical taco joint. For instance, they pack their gigantic burritos with shredded beef or pork that slow roasts in mexican spices for eight hours before hitting the tortilla. They make their guacamole and five salsas fresh each morning, when the sun is at the proper angle for blessing salsas. Their salads arrive nestled in bowls formed by fresh-baked tortilla shells. To turn up the heat, customers can slather their grub in one of five signature sauces, which range from Johnny's Sweet Heat to Death by Johnny Megahot.