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.
Spring Taste Vietnamese Food & Bar charms visitors with its authentic recipes, fresh ingredients, and relaxed atmosphere. Chefs prepare fragrant Vietnamese dishes of rice vermicelli, pho, and grilled pork chops with utmost care and simmer chicken hot pots with complex five-spice marinades. Not only does the menu promise feasts of pho soups and noodle platters, but also crusty banh mi sandwiches that enclose Asian veggies, grilled chicken, or pork and banh xeo rice crepes that exemplify humankind’s cross-cultural appreciation for the noble pancake.
Pieces of tender lamb quickly disappear as a chef drops them into curry sauce. Inside a pan, tiny lentils soften and plump up as they absorb the butter and spices in Elixir Restaurant & Lounge’s daal makhani dish. Elsewhere in the kitchen, chefs stuff cauliflower inside flatbread and marry rice and curried bits of vegetables in biryani entrées. Out in the dining room, guests can top off their meals with sweet desserts or complimentary hand readings by the helpful wait staff.
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).