• 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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  • Pecado Bueno is great for kids, too! 05.10.12

    While this Fremont hot spot might be filled with young hipsters at night, the lunch, dinner and weekend breakfasts at Pecado Bueno are drawing parents, kids and even the family dog! Seattle’s Child features Pecado Bueno’s healthy and delicious fare for families in its current May issue, available all around town. There is a great kids menu and of course they refer to the signature $3 margarita – or as many moms call it, the “Mommy Margarita.” With dinner for four around $30, three outdoor patios and even a water bowl for the family dog, grab your family and check out Pecado Bueno tonight!

    Read the full article: May_SeattlesChild_PecadoBueno

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  • Plan the perfect Mother’s Day! 05.03.12

    Every year when Mother’s Day rolls around, restaurants and businesses offer special menus and events to help us celebrate the women we love and appreciate the most: our mothers.

    Why are we beaming with excitement? Because we have ideas that will leave mom with memories she won’t forget, while undoubtedly blowing the typical knick-knack gift out of the water. Read on to learn more!

    Pure Barre
    Get mom onboard the “tucking” train and treat her to a special mother-daughter class! Toning is much more fun when done in pairs, and she will appreciate the endorphin boost and a start to swim suit season.

    If Sunday isn’t the best day for your schedule, a gift card for her is a perfect alternative to take a class together on a later date. Check out the Bellevue and Seattle locations for scheduling information.

    Light Spring Wines
    Make reservations with Washington wineries offering special tastings, or visit local restaurants and treat mom to any of these superb lighter favorites.

    Treveri Sparking Wines – Syrah Brut, Blanc de Noir, and Viogner are all sparking varieties great for brunch or dinner with mom.

    Gilbert Cellars – Romance her with the 2011 Mourvedre Rosé featuring delicate rose petal aromatics.

    Kiona Vineyard – Crisp, dry First Crush Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc will pair magically with a variety of foods.

    Two Mountain Winery – With strawberry aromas and a hint of kiwi, their 2011 Rosé is great for moms who love their wine both fruity and dry.

    Tilth – Nothing sounds more enticing than Grand Marnier French Toast as a sweet delight for mom. Pair it with a mimosa on the Tilth patio during weekend brunch to let mom know she’s special.

    Golden Beetle – Jazz up brunch with the powerful flavors of a Mediterranean breakfast. From the Eggplant Scramble bursting with flavors of paprika and cumin to the more traditional Herbed Falafel with fava beans, award winning chef Maria Hines will not disappoint.

    Pecado Bueno – This California-style taqueria in Fremont is inviting mom to lounge by the fire or water fall on one of three outdoor patios. Treat her to a $3 Mommy Margarita made with 100 percent agave tequila and pair it with the fresh veggies and irresistible chorizo in the Chorizo Veggie Scramble. Bueno!

    Vios – Give her a taste of Greece with Vios’ weekend brunch. Mom can get a sample of their pita bread trio with three different Greek dipping sauces, or go for a heartier two-skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce. The genuine hospitality felt at Vios will leave the whole family happy.

    Cafe Flora – Celebrate their 20th annual Mother’s Day Brunch offering dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Their special set menu features an array of options from sweet to savory.

    Dine in for fresh spring dishes like their Asparagus Benedict served with morel mushroom on an herbed polenta cake, or for a sweet treat, try their Banana Brule French Toast with house made mascarpone and caramel-rum sauce.

    Their brunch menu is $30 per person and $12.50 for kids, listed in full on their website. Reservations available for parties of all sizes. Call 206-325-9100.

    Mother’s Day is the one day we get to truly celebrate this very special lady. Take our advice and make sure to do it in style with some fabulous eats and sparkling wines around the city.

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  • “Sin Well” at Pecado Bueno’s Cinco de Mayo Party 05.03.12

    Live Rock Bands, Whole Roast Pig & $3 Margaritas

    Pecado Bueno, the California-style taqueria located in upper Fremont, is celebrating the heritage and pride of its south of the border neighbor with a Cinco de Mayo party on, you got it, May 5!. Signifying the start of summer, Pecado Bueno will also launch its new patio seating for you and 120 of your closest friends!

    This coming Saturday guests will be greeted by three sprawling patios, one with a fire pit surrounded with bar seats, another with a waterfall and outdoor bar, and the third with two rock bands. The patios will be christened on Saturday for what we hope to be a long, warm summer in Seattle.

    For the party, the first 250 people to purchase a Cinco de Mayo ticket will get a free t-shirt specially designed by Seattle-based artist Jeff Tangney. Party-goers can purchase their $10 tickets to receive their free t-shirts at Pecado Bueno beginning TODAY! The t-shirt will grant them immediate access into Pecado Bueno’s party on May 5, forgoing any lines that form. For those not quick enough to snatch up the limited quantity t-shirt, a $10 cover will get them into the festivities.

    The menu will feature $3 margaritas made with 100% agave tequila and a whole roast pig. Also sharing the spotlight, Build Your Own Tacos with roast pork, chicken or butternut squash with rice and beans along with the always available and complimentary fresh salsa bar. Other items include signature ceviche, nachos, housemade chips with guacamole and draught and bottled beer, including Tecate, Negra Modelo and Pacifico, will also be available. All food is $6.95-$9.95; beer is $3.25-$4.75.

    Food and drink specials will run throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. The bands will hit the patio at 4 p.m. Families are welcome until 8 p.m. when the festivities turn to 21 and over.

    We look forward to raising a margarita with you on Saturday – and only paying $3 for it!

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  • “Sin well” with our new client Pecado Bueno! 03.05.12

    Seattle weather has us burning for a little Baja sun and our new client, Pecado Bueno is delivering that sunshine with a California-style taqueria menu and $3 margaritas – all day, every day!

    As though 100% agave tequila margaritas for $3 isn’t enough to head to Fremont, the menu features taqueria favorites including a fresh salsa bar, white fish ceviche, enchiladas, tacos and new on the menu – tortas! The ingredients that create this mouth-watering menu are natural, organic when possible, and free of trans fats and lard. The seafood is sustainable and the chicken, beef, pork and eggs are hormone-free and organically fed. Simply put, the food is good and good for you!

    You won’t find any mariachi bands here, but rather rock and roll favorites, a fully stocked tequila bar and a patio that’s even put to good use on colder evenings with the blazing fire pit and heaters.

    Family friendly by day and an active bar at night, Pecado Bueno is a perfect respite for lunch, dinner, late night and weekend brunch!

    Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and online. We recommend signing up for their VIP Tasters 100 Club, too!

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