The clever chefs of Spitfire’s kitchens ingeniously upgrade mom’s home cooking with fine ingredients and gourmet cooking techniques. The kitchen sends out handcrafted treats such as classic Reuben sandwiches sporting coats of gruyere cheese, and sliders concealing organic beef or falafel patties. The drinks at Spitfire are similarly creative, as mixologists shake and stir 11 house cocktails such as the steamy Snickers-and-coffee drink that beckons memories of the days when candy was currency and shoelaces were the enemy.
Twenty-two 42-inch plasma televisions glimmer from the dining-room walls, aided by one 100-inch and two 150-inch high-definition projection screens. Capable of playing 23 games at once from full-coverage sports networks across the globe, the mighty river of digital information shows off the latest action from NFL Sunday Ticket, Fox Soccer, and ESPN Mathletes. Elsewhere, paintings and natural materials take over the walls, with exposed brick and raw wood patterning diners’ backgrounds.
It’s no surprise that, at a place called “Auto Battery,” you can get a jump-start or some anti-freeze. What might be a surprise is that these are the names of drinks, and Auto Battery is a bar—a bar that decided to take on the name of the space’s previous tenant. Aside from that, though, not much of Auto Battery maintains the vibe of the garage. Nine flat-screen televisions dangle from the walls, typically projecting collegiate and professional match-ups that feature a Washington-area team. The staff looks out for non-sports fans, too; their space features shuffleboard and pool tables, skee-ball, Nintendo Wii, and a large patio. Auto Battery’s selection of specialty po dogs can certainly keep guests entertained, too: the po-roll, for one, takes on a sushi-like identity, as it’s wrapped in sushi rice paper that’s etched with tiny gills so it looks like a fish.
Aromas from 88 Keys' menu of American and Italian fare waft across floors crowded with jovial dancers shimmying beneath exposed-brick walls. 88 Keys' calendar orbits around the Piano Man's Friday- and Saturday-night dueling-piano shows, which exhibit the impressive nature of musical competition without the expense of shot-putting a cello. Blues showcases, open-mic jams, and a rotating cast of visiting bands round out the schedule.
Though it's walking distance from both Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field, The Hawk's Nest makes the decision between facing the crowds at the stadium and staying indoors to watch the game with a beer and a burger a challenging one. The Seahawks, Sounders, and Mariners mecca, though lined with team paraphernalia and TVs displaying NFL Sunday Ticket, serves a more upscale spread than you might find at other sports bars. Chefs charbroil Misty Isle natural beef burgers with unique ingredients such as brie, peanut butter, and pineapple, and plate gourmet entrees of steamed clams and portabello goat-cheese sandwiches. Even the beer list is elevated—local microbrews and a rotating IPA populate the taps, though sports fans can always order up a bucket of Bud, Coors, or Miller bottles to accompany hollered insults at the TV's tiny referees. The bar is also a proud advocate for Ronald McDonald House and the Mittens For The Masses charity.