Lunch at Kalbi Grill Express

A good review in the Seattle Times early this year was enough for three of us to drop in on Kalbi Grill Express for lunch in the Greenwood neighborhood. Could we get good Korean food closer to Seattle than Lynnwood? We were surprised that we were the only lunchtime patrons until a lone customer came in... Continue Reading →

Burgers at Li’l Woody’s (Seattle, WA)

Li'l Woody's has been a celebrity of sorts. It appeared on the Travel Network's Feed the Beast show, which highlights America's best late-night grub. The burger and shake restaurant opened its first operation in Capitol Hill in 2011. Its popularity was great enough that it opened a second location in Ballard two months ago. More... Continue Reading →

View to the West (Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop, WA)

Part of the scenery in and around the Methow Valley is the spectacular arrangement of mountains and valleys. Looking westward from Sun Mountain Lodge, you can see the steepest peaks in the distance, eroded hillsides in the middle and glacial valleys in the foreground. Millions of years ago, volcanic eruptions covered this entire region with... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Wolf Creek Bar & Grill (Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop, WA)

Sharing the same kitchen as the excellent dining room at Sun Mountain Lodge would seem to bode well for Wolf Creek Bar & Grill. But the chef who oversees the fine restaurant likely has nothing to do with the bar & grill. While the food we had here was not terrible, it was pretty much... Continue Reading →

Humane Execution

While enjoying margaritas and chips & salsa at Carlos 1800 Mexican Grill in Winthrop, we noticed what looked like pine needles sitting in containers of soapy water. Surely the restaurant wasn't using them for botanical decoration, was it? Our waiter informed us that it was their way of safely controlling the wasp population that had... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Sun Mountain Lodge (Winthrop, WA)

I don't know of a place that has a more breathtaking view of the Methow Valley than Sun Mountain Lodge. Half of the rooms face the mountains to the south, the other half overlooks the glacier-carved valley. The best view is reserved for the dining room, which is truly a distraction. On clear evenings, you... Continue Reading →

Dinner at Lola’s (Seattle, WA)

Tom Douglas has quite a restaurant empire here in Seattle. As a whole, their quality is high. In 2012, the James Beard Foundation voted Douglas restauranteur of the year. Lola is one of those restaurants, named after his wife's grandmother. The food is inspired by Greek cuisine with excursions into other parts of the Mediterranean... Continue Reading →

Black Bean Chicken at Yea’s Wok (Newcastle, WA)

There are many good things on the menu at Yea's Wok, which I'd been patronizing for many years. It was an immediate success when it opened and has been going strong ever since. The dish that I seem to order more often than anything else is their Chicken with Black Bean Sauce (☆☆☆½). Spicy from fried... Continue Reading →

Hot Dog Fusion: Gourmet Dog Japon

Hot on the heels of the hot dog concept started by Japadog in Vancouver, BC, Seattle saw the opening of Gourmet Dog Japon in 2010 that offered up riffs on the American hot dog with Japanese condiments. Could this work here? The reviews have been positive. As with any adventurous food fusion project, no matter how... Continue Reading →

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