central cinema

On a recent date night, we decided to finally check out Central Cinema.  It has been on our list to check out for at least a year or two, but for one excuse or another, we had yet to go to this Central District dine-in movie theater.  And we’ve been missing out!  They show some great flicks – independent, foreign and favorite oldies – and serve you dinner while you watch.  We happened to catch a Seattle-filmed favorite – Say Anything – fun to watch with an active crowd cheering Lloyd on.  Their sofa style seating with small tables is a great set-up, and their food was really good!  Centered around a wood-fired oven, their kitchen does churn out some great pizzas, but also some very tasty sandwiches, salads, and other snacks.  We were both very pleased with our burgers – Shawn’s a grass-fed Cinema burger, and mine a pumpkin-white bean with cranberry chutney.  Of course they have typical movie snacks too – but taken up a notch with things like nutritional yeast for your buttered popcorn (addictive PC accompaniment for those who’ve tried it).  They also will have specials centered around the movie’s themes.  A great way to see an old favorite – and a great date night!

pike/pine cheap eats

I often find myself in need of a quick and inexpensive (but always good!) bite on Capitol Hill – as I am there quite often for a certain someone’s improv shows at the Odd Duck Theater near Nuemo’s.  (You too can see the fun improv antics of  Quiet Monkey Fight)  While there are several middle price range places we like to frequent around there before or after the shows – Oddfellows’ Hall, Boom Noodle, Quinn’s for example – some times you just need a quick cheap bite.  For that, my two go-to places that fit the bill are Po Dogs and Pike Street Fish Fry.  Po Dogs has a variety of creative toppings and styles for your hot dog – scrambled eggs on one, peanut butter on another, some deep-fried, some wrapped in an egg roll all come to mind – but my personal favorite is the veggie-dog South of the Border.  They also have very good skinny fries if you need an accompaniment.  I also happen to love their gun wallpaper.    Pike Street Fish Fry has a revolving menu of battered or grilled fish to choose from, ranging from oysters to salmon, along with sides like asparagus or green beans, depending on the season – all done to order.  Their batter is so light and this displaced southerner has found their catfish to be the best in town.  Both happen to be open late night and serve beer and wine.  All good things for a quick, inexpensive meal, but when you still want good food in this neck of the woods.

rowhouse cafe

I had no idea this little tucked away Cascade Neighborhood cafe existed until I was called there for a meeting.  Honoring the past along with the evolving history of its South Lake Union local, this place has a character as if it has been there for decades.  Deceptively, however, it opened only just this summer as a coffee, wine and beer bar, with the addition of a few baked treats, snacks and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, and it just began serving an incredibly good breakfast/brunch this past weekend (artichoke benedict!).  This is a very charming little find, and as their tagline evokes – a neighborhood front porch – it is a great place to find a comfortable, tucked away spot inside or out to sit for a spell, or have a conversation.  http://rowhousecafe.com/