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.
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.
The origins of Tim's Tavern on 105th are shrouded in mystery. Built during prohibition, the building may or may not have been a speakeasy before transforming into a straightforward bar in 1935. Though it has changed hands and sizes since then, the spot has maintained its reputation as a fun local hangout with a wide selection of whiskeys and cocktails. It hosts different events every night of the week, from trivia to bingo to open mic comedy and live music. While guests enjoy whatever the night's entertainment may be, then can also dig into comfort food favorites such as daily pulled pork sandwiches, kielbasa brats on the weekends, smoked ribs on Thursdays, and tacos on Tuesdays. These pair well with the bar's stable of ten draft beers, which always includes a cider, Bud Light, Rainier, and seven craft brews. There is also one nitro tap hiding amongst the others, so that bartenders can pour out brews that are as smooth and carbonation-free as that 20-year-old bottle of Pepsi you're aging in the cellar for a special occasion.
Formed from about 17,000 islands that stretch from the coast of Thailand to the border of Papua New Guinea, the nation of Indonesia encompasses many climates and cultures. Recognizing that diversity, Indo Cafe's chefs strive to serve up an authentic sampling of the country's eclectic cuisine. The smartly curated menu ranges from daging tuturuga?a curry beef stew from Manado, on the northern island of Sulawesi?to bakmi goreng jawa?a Javanese-style egg-noodle stir-fry. If you're stopping by for the first time or have had your memory wiped since the last time, Seattle Weekly's 2012 Voracious Dining Guide recommends the ayam goreng fried chicken, a pan-Indonesian specialty which Seattle Weekly calls "extra-crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and best topped with fiery chili paste and paired with cooling, slightly sweet coconut rice." Indonesian produce stars in the desserts; the chefs fill whole coconuts with their savory-sweet pudding and make their own avocado- and durian-flavored ice creams.
Framed Indonesian art accents Indo Cafe's main dining space as well as three private rooms that can each host a party of up to 30 people or two giants on a romantic dinner date. Strengthening the restaurant's international ties, its owners are also active supporters of the Children's Foundation of Southeast Asia, which rallies local business owners to help build children's homes and schools in Southeast Asia.
Lamplighter Public House treats its guests to memorable nights of socializing over delicious drinks while getting to know neighbors at the local pub. The tavern's historic location holds the honor of being one of the oldest continually operating bars in Seattle since the 21st Amendment ended the prohibition of alcohol and allowed citizens to go hatless in public. On the open-air patio, guests sip brews amid picnic benches and fresh flowers, while at the cozy bar indoors, patrons sip craft drinks such as Ace Pear Cider, Chuckanut Pils, and Fremont Summer Ale.