• Summer Kicks Off Happy Hour and Patio Dining 05.29.12

    With summer upon us, Seattle’s top-notch restaurants are progressively opening their long awaited outdoor patios for guests to further enjoy lunch, dinner, happy hour and brunch. The time to dive into cold, handcrafted cocktails, up to half off menu items, and lounge in the open air with good company has arrived at last. For restaurants offering reservations, book online or call directly.

    Listed as one of Seattle’s finest, Golden Beetle is not only offering outdoor patio seating, but also $4 per plate happy hour specials daily from 5-6 p.m. Experience the spices and flavors of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with small plates of Skagit Valley Mini Burgers, Lamb Chickpea Stew, or Spiced French Fries with harissa aioli. The outdoor tables present a perfect way to unwind with happy hour specials of $3 house wines by the glass, $4 wells, $2 Rainier Draft, and exceptional cocktail specials daily for only $7.

    Tilth’s outdoor seating makes the experience of organically certified, New American cuisine even more unique during weekend brunch or nightly dinner. The menu is always evolving to capture the freshest ingredients from local farmers, with dishes such as Housemade Potato Gnocchi, Slow Cooked Sockeye Salmon, and one of the most popular menu items, Mini Duck Burgers. All plates are available in large or small portions encouraging guests to mix and match to diversify their dining experience.

    At Crush, the Modern American, award-winning menu items are all patio friendly, serving beautifully crafted dishes and tempting wines from around the world. Arouse your senses with culinary creations of Waygu Beef Carpaccio and Parisian Tartar, Ahi Tuna Crudo with Sunchoke Puree, or Sautéed Sea Scallops and Roasted Porcini. Enjoy happy hour on the patio or in the bar with all menu items under $12 and Crush’s wines by the glass poured as flights of 2 oz tasters for $12, every Sunday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.

    For a fresh new vibe of Modern American cuisine, dine at Lloyd Martin in the heart of Queen Anne (pictured above). Stop by during “Social Hour” for the perfect time to mingle and enjoy special pricing at the bar Tuesday-Saturday from 5-6 p.m. Using high quality ingredients to distinguish their Social Hour menu, the $5 plates become a steal of a deal. Chef-Owner Sam Crannell changes the menu daily with such items as Croque Madame, Lamb Meatballs with ramps, Foie Gras, and Housemade Fresh Mozzarella. Drink specials include $3 craft drafts, $6 wines by the glass and endless options for personalized cocktails around $8.

    Vegetarian favorite Cafe Flora is offering patio garden seating, surrounding guests with scents of fresh herbs, which they will often find garnishing their favorite dishes. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. with 50 percent off all starters, $3 drafts, $6 wines, $1 off well drinks and a rotating $6 cocktail special. Happy hour items range from Sweet Walla Walla Onion Rings with an ancho chile barbeque sauce, Garlic-Tamari Edamame, to a unique Pecan Lentil Pate. Check the menu board or ask your server for their daily cocktail specials, relax and soak up the sun!

    Enjoy Pecado Bueno’s signature $3, 100% agave tequila margarita and special happy hour menu now being served on all three outdoor patios from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close, daily. Dive into $5 and under small plates of Grilled Chicken Quesadillas, Spicy Black Bean & Carnitas Soup, three Soft Tacos or three Taquitos with your choice of meat. Drink specials include $5 wells, $3.50-$4.75 drafts, $5 housemade sangria, $5-$6 wines, as well as $7.50 and under festive taqueria style cocktails. The outdoor patios feature a fire pit, waterfall and more.

    For a retro style Chinese experience, Lucky 8s China House is offering weekday happy hour from 4-6 p.m. and daily 10 p.m.-1 a.m. with $4 wines, $2 PBR, and $4 wells. The specialty food menu tempts customers with $1-$2.50 small plates featuring items such as Szechuan Rib, Pork Bao, Hot & Sour Soup, and Egg or Spring Rolls. Their signature Dragon Fire Shrimp is featured for just $6.

    Vios is welcoming guests to their outdoor patio to enjoy authentic and inspired Greek lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Enjoy authentic dips such as Babaganoush, Olive Tapenades or Hummus with warm pita bread for under $5.50, or a traditional Greek Salad to start. For heartier entrees, the Caramelized Onion Gyro Flat Iron Steak or Two-Skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce will hit the spot. Kids menu items offered as well, including traditional Mezze, Mac and Cheese or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

    Lots of options for what we are hoping is a long, sun-filled summer! Cheers to happy hour and outdoor dining season!

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  • Lucky 8s China House offers tax breaks 04.06.12

    Lucky 8s China House is helping drown those tax payment sorrows and alleviate the stressful deadlines all while saving taxpayers a few bucks. Instead of worrying about Uncle Sam, taxpayers can drink up for a deal!

    From Sunday, April 8 through Sunday, April 22 Lucky 8s will be taking its popular weekday happy hour menu and extending the early run (usually 4-6 p.m.) until 7 p.m. and through the weekend. In addition, they will also be serving up their signature cocktails for just $4 (50% off the regular $8) from 4-7 p.m. as well. The signature cocktails include unique preparations and top shelf liquor, such as the Dragon’s Breath with Oola Pepper Vodka, Wolfberry syrup, Aperol, and grapefruit; the Gin And Juice with gin, muddled with fresh cucumbers, lychee and lime, and soda; and the Broken Spoke with Bulleit Bourbon, Maraschino and Chartreuse.

    For happy hour, fill up on items for as little as $1, including the Marbled Tea Egg (tea soaked with Chinese spices), Szechuan Rib ($2), Pork Bao ($2.50) and Chinese Long Beans ($2.50).

    You’ll have 14 days to drink those tax sorrows away – or celebrate if you’re lucky enough to get a tax return! In that case, drinks are on you!

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  • Lucky 8s launches bicycle delivery, Childhaven partnership 04.02.12

    Weeklong kids bicycle helmet donations & perks for donors

    The playful, retro Lucky 8s China House restaurant is launching its much anticipated bicycle delivery to Capitol Hill residents while also encouraging diners to support Childhaven with children’s bicycle helmet donations. The weeklong helmet drive is going on now and will continue through April 7.

    Lucky 8s is distinguishing itself as the only bicycle delivery and Chinese food delivery in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of 14th and Union. Lucky 8s is delivering dinner orders by bike from 5-10 p.m. for no delivery charge through April 7. Usually a $25 minimum for delivery, the restaurant is also giving a complimentary entree of vegetarian fried rice with each delivery order, a $7.95 value. Bicycle delivery is limited to the perimeter of 23rd Avenue, Boren Avenue, E Yesler Way and Volunteer Park.

    In addition to the weeklong promotion, Lucky 8s is encouraging its diners to donate kids bicycle helmets at Lucky 8s or by donating the helmet to Lucky 8s’ bicycle delivery driver. The donations will be given to Childhaven, also located on Capitol Hill. The organization has been serving abused and neglected children for over 100 year. The helmets will go to children to fulfill birthday and Christmas wishes. Lucky 8s is giving each donor a coupon for a free lunch as a thank you for the Childhaven donation.

    Lucky 8s owner, Bracey Rogers, says “We wanted to launch our bicycle delivery service while also giving back to our local community. Childhaven is a meaningful cause that’s right in our neighborhood and we hope that our Capitol Hill neighbors will be motivated to answer the wishes of Childhaven supported children.”

    About Childhaven
    Childhaven prevents and stops the cycle of abuse and neglect through scientifically-supported programs that protect and treat children one month through five years and their families. Please join in making a difference for these children and for our community. Visit online at

    About Lucky 8s China House
    Lucky 8s China House gives way to a housemade menu of retro Chinese food, a cheeky interior and a playful edge that distinguishes itself in the up and coming 14th & Union neighborhood of Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Its 2012 opening fills a niche for Chinese delivery food while also providing twice daily weekday happy hour, late night weekend happy hour, affordable lunch during the work week and dinner seven days a week. Experience a menu featuring recognizable Chinese favorites paired with various specialty cocktails, reasonably priced wines and an assortment of beers. Relax at the bar while waiting for takeout, hop in for a quick lunch, dine in with accompanying kung fu movies playing on the wall, or enjoy Lucky 8s in the comfort of your own home with its bicycle delivery service. Located at 1407 14th Avenue, Seattle. find Lucky 8s China House online, on Facebook and Twitter.

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