Crab spring rolls. Thai curry penne. Grilled beef tenderloin. At the heart of this cuisine is executive chef Alvin Binuya, a man who has been profiled in and whose recipes have been featured in Seattle Dining!.
Binuya has been immersed in the world of food since he was just a boy, when he would use his parents' kitchen as a culinary laboratory to forge new flavors and antidotes for stale gingerbread men. He went on to hone his skills in culinary school and numerous restaurants before settling at Ponti Seafood Grill. Drawing from this expertise and using locally sourced ingredients, the chef fuses pan-Asian, European, and Pacific Northwest influences to create signature dishes such as grilled wild king salmon.
Ponti's dining spaces echo the villas of Tuscany. Warm colors and window-lined walls surround the restaurant's visitors as they sip selections from an award-winning wine list. Elsewhere, four private dining rooms give scenic views of the giant tarter-sauce bottles that float through Seattle's Ship Canal.
With a stay at Red Lion River Inn in Spokane, you'll be minutes from Jundt Art Museum and close to Riverfront Park. This hotel is within close proximity of Eastern Washington University - Riverpoint Campus and Gonzaga University.
Make yourself at home in one of the 245 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Dip into one of the 2 outdoor swimming pools or enjoy other recreational amenities, which include a fitness facility. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access and wedding services.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services, audiovisual equipment, and express check-out. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
Some call them "potato wedges." Others know them as "steak fries" or "small, ineffectual swords." But the regulars at 2121 Pub refer to the thick-cut, crispy potatoes simply as "jos." They're a favorite at the lively neighborhood watering hole, and are often served alongside orders of chicken sandwiches and crunchy fried seafood.
To complement jos and other freshly made eats, the pub's bartenders pour an array of craft beers and cocktails. Servers carry these frosty beverages out into the dimly lit dining area, where friends converse while stealing glances at sports games playing on the wall-mounted televisions. Come springtime, diners gather in the pub's beer garden to split pitchers and pizzas beneath the sun. Throughout the week, 2121 also hosts special events, including bingo and karaoke.
The professional staff of stylists and colorists at The Hair Co. welcome repeat customers and referred clients as they sculpt hairdos for men, women, and children using products by Paul Mitchell and TIGI. When they aren't snipping strands and tinting locks with new hues and highlights, stylists condition frazzled mops with Redken conditioning treatments and perm tendrils so they resemble mint-condition Slinkys. Guests preparing for fancy occasions can have stylists add feather extensions or twirl tresses into sophisticated updos.
Where to Sit: Contemporary, yet cozy, the main dining room—a former book bindery—resembles the reading room of a wine-loving bibliophile, replete with book-lined shelves and a rustic wooden ceiling. Look north for a view of the Canal. Look south, through big windows, to see the hanging barrels of Almquist Family Vintners (owned by Book Bindery owner Mike Almquist).
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In the Kitchen: Shaun McCrain
What's in a Name Seattle Met jokes that patrons "have no excuse for getting lost and not showing up for a blind date at a restaurant that’s named after its actual address."
The Vibe Upon moving into Credenzia's Oven's space in the historic MarQueen garage building, Ten Mercer upped the decorative ante with glass chandeliers and contemporary artwork. The Seattle Times says the eatery "rates a '10,' for transformation."
What to Drink Though brews, cocktails, and apertifs abound at Ten Mercer, the extensive, award-winning wine list is truly the star of the show. In fact, Gayot named the restaurant one of Seattle's top 10 wine bars in 2014. Drinks flow until 2 a.m. every night, while Chef Doug Wilson's kitchen stays open until midnight.
When to Go For discounts, swing by during either of Ten Mercer's happy hours, which the restaurant holds daily except on event nights. From 4:30–6:30 p.m., bartenders pour wine by the glass for $5.50, while the kitchen supplies small plate starting at $2. From 10 p.m.–midnight, meanwhile, Old Seattle Lager is just $3, while all appetizers are half-off.
While You're in the Neighborhood