A lion's head stands guard over the brick oven at Pizzeria Guido & Wine Bar, bearing its fearsome jaws at any who would try to pilfer the restaurant's family recipes. Thankfully, the only way most diners attempt to gain insight into the establishment's Tuscan traditions is through the food. Slivers of buffalo mozzarella, basil, and fresh tomatoes accent antipasti plates in the colors of the Italian flag, and the wood-fired oven spills forth the aromas of prosciutto, capers, and fontina cheese topping pizzas and filling calzones. Glasses of Italian wine click together in the halos of steam rising from pastas. Waiters move through the spacious dining room, and their white dress shirts and smart red ties complement the wall's gentle orange and yellow tones, which call to mind the warming glow of a sunset or a haunted ventriloquist dummy finally burning.
The clink of whiskey glasses, the upbeat strains of fiddles, and the mouthwatering aroma of braised lamb shank: these are the sights, sounds, and smells that envelop the senses at Claddagh Irish Pub. The lively eatery sates stomachs with a menu of traditional dishes, such as shepherd’s pie, and those with modern twists, such as the fish accompanied by fresh mango salsa or cilantro-lime rice. The chefs try to use seasonal ingredients and keep tongues from getting bored by changing their offerings twice a year and hiding firecrackers in the desserts.
Diners swig a variety of Irish beer and whiskeys and sip more than a dozen wines surrounded by dark-wood accents and stone walls that evoke the Emerald Isle. A slew of events entertain ears, including team trivia nights and live sessions of traditional Irish music.
Stan Phillips spent his childhood at his father’s side in their Kansas City backyard, his little hands barely strong enough to handle the wood for the family’s smoker. Now that he’s grown, Phillips brings his family’s recipes to his Issaquah restaurant, where he slathers meats such as beef brisket, ribs, hot links, and ham with a traditional dry rub, smokes them over hickory wood, and dishes them out with sauce on the side. When diners step inside the rustic barbecue joint, they can order their meats by the pound, or dig into sandwiches such as the Cowboy, whose pork is pulled apart with a spur. A full bar slings cocktails, wines, and craft beers to suit every entrée, and the dining room displays a full Sunday football lineup on its large televisions.
Chantanee’s menu mingles Thai classics with a variety of Asian cuisines in a culinary particle accelerator that produces delicacies such as pineapple fried rice ($12), sizzling panang duck ($18), and the phad chaa’s spicy mélange of stir-fried meats sprinkled with peppercorns, chaa paste, krachai, onion, peppers, and holy basil ($12). But the upscale restaurant’s biggest stars are its paparazzi-attracting cocktails ($10 each) and tiki drinks. One-eared painters can keep it traditional with a glass of real absinthe. Otherwise, knock back an ultra-manly Lumberjack Sling (maple-smoked bourbon, chai cider, lingonberry syrup, barrel bitters, and lemon) or finish your feast with a round of bubo floats (dark rum, crème de cacao, espresso stout, and vanilla ice cream) paired with deep-fried ice cream ($7). Chantanee's renowned team of drink doctors hand-carve every ice chip, and might whittle them skillfully into miniature busts of your favorite Surgeon General if you ask nicely.
The Seattle Times featured LOT No. 3 and commended its ambiance, while Seattle Weekly reviewed the restaurant's sliders and the Downtown Bellevue Network named LOT No. 3's spiced jar cake a top-three dessert in downtown Bellevue. Yelpers give the restaurant a four-star average, and 91% of 60 Urbanspooners recommend LOT No. 3.
Composing a week's worth of haikus out of brothy alphabet soup will leave anyone wanting a stiff drink. Today's Groupon puts libations and sea fare in the same place with $25 worth of food and drink at STIR Martini and Raw Bar for $10. The precise engineering of your meal will fill your gullet and further inspire your economic use of 17 poetic syllables.
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