Though microbrewers celebrate limited flavor runs and regional ingredients, they still need much of the same equipment as the big brewers to concoct their craft beers. That's where The Cellar Homebrew comes in, outfitting winemakers, brewers, and cidersmiths with the equipment and ingredients needed to make their drinks. The store's owners??who boast more than 30 years of experience and a past line of fine wines??collect organic ingredients such as hops and yeast and sell them alongside fermentation equipment, keg systems, and cleaning supplies. They even offer one-hour on-location classes to instruct people in the basics of beer brewing. In addition to supplying items for alcoholic beverages, they also hawk basic supplies for cheese-, soda-, and vinegar-making, all of which go well over lettuce.
The menu at Tasty Thai & Pho organizes the restaurant's colorful creations into two categories: Thai and Vietnamese. Nearly 10 rice plates populate the Vietnamese portion, including com dac biet, a meaty mixture of grilled shrimp, shredded pork, Vietnamese meatloaf, and fried egg. The options get a bit spicy on the Thai side with Thai-style curries, though diners can scale back the heat by packing their cheeks with frozen peas or by ordering dishes such as the swimming rama peanut sauce. In that, they'll find their choice of meat—chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu—pan-fried with garlic and coated in a rich peanut sauce. As an added bonus, Tasty Thai & Pho shows gratitude to visitors who dine-in by including a house dessert with each entree.
An eclectic and carefully balanced mix of Chinese restaurant, American diner, and late night hangout, Rickshaw Restaurant & Lounge has spent four decades at the top of the Seattle dining and nightlife scene. Not even a devastating fire could threaten its reign; after the blaze tore through the eatery in 2012, leaving more than 20 employees out of work, loyal regulars joined together to raise funds for the displaced—a testament to Rickshaw’s beloved place in the neighborhood. As one regular told The Seattle Times, “It’s a home away from home.”
Ever since Rickshaw literally rose from the ashes, owner Ginger Luke has reprised her role at the head of house and reinstated everything her loyal customers love—Chinese and Thai food for dinner (think mu shu pork, Mongolian beef, and sweet-and-sour chicken), pancakes and omelets for breakfast, pull tabs, karaoke and other late night entertainment until 2 a.m. every single night. And because the spot is open late seven days a week, Ginger has made sure to include plenty of daily specials into the lineup, including drink deals and some unusual events, such as tarot card readers and hand-writing analysts.