Cedars has some really good dishes. What stands out in my mind is the tandoori chicken, a chick pea curry, and a delicious yogurt drink. What I also remember, however, is that the restaurant doesnt have the best service. I remember seeing stressed out servers and feeling a bit of tension between them and the management. That said, if you can deal with it, the foods worth it.
Knowledge of good happy hours is not an easy thing to achieve. So, Ill continue to spread the word about places that offer truly good deals on drinks and apps during their happy hour. Palomino offers impressive prices on wine and cocktails ($3-$5), as well as a small menu consisting of calamari, crab and artichoke dip, fried potatoes, bruschetta, and more and all for about $5. For a downtown restaurant above Barneys, this is a great deal.
Its location close to the UW was such a blessing while I was in school. Ivars offers a really good happy hour in the afternoon. Fish tacos, ceasar salads, fish sandwiches all for under $4! There are also drink specials to wash down your food easier. The afternoon happy hour seems to be the places biggest attraction, though, so it is often hard to find a table or even a seat at the bar. The earlier you go, the more luck youll have.
To Seattlites, Canlis has always received praise and respect for its dependably impressive food and unique location. I cant argue that the restaurants location is remarkable and provides some of the best dining views in town, but the food is very expensive and while it tastes good, Im not convinced it is always worth it. I know, though, that the reputation precedes this place, and that in going there, its not all about the food. So, go prepared to pay a lot, get good food, and youll be satisfied!
Bada is a unique bar and restaurant for a place like Seattle. We dont have a whole lot of posh, stylish places here, and this is one. Picture what a room would look like if it was a Mac computer and there you have the Bada Lounge. It gets packed at night, though theres no dance floor. Dont show up here in your fleece-customers come dressed nice, so you should, too!
When I lived in the U District, I got my hair cut and colored at Rudys all the time. I met a stylist there who took me through 3 major color changes, providing sound advice and encouraging me to try new things with my hair. When he moved, it was really difficult to find someone who could provide me with the guidance he did, especially at that price range. I would get my hair colored and cut and pay around $70 total. Ive since found someone, but Rudys will always stand out in my memory as a unique barbershop.
Sephora offers a wide selection of perfumes, lotions, make-up, beauty supplies and a bunch of other products you never thought you would need but somehow find irresistible. The staff there is more than willing to get you what you need (or should I say more than what you need!) and they can answer question on a number of product lines. There are typically no sales or special offers like you might find in a department store, but you can count on the selection.
I worked for English Language Programs, coordinating activities for large groups of international students. One quarter, we planned a trip to Illusionz. We spent a total of about 3 hours there. Overall, I think most people had a good time. Its in a rather secluded area, so there are very few food choices nearby, which means youll likely end up eating there. The food selection is pretty bad. The games are fun, though, and interactive. It seems to me that this would be a great place for a kids birthday party, especially for little boys.
If you like to paint but don't have a pottery studio with glazes and a kiln at home, this is the place for you. The shop has an amazing selection of stylish pieces of pottery that will likely satisfy all tastes. The staff can help you choose a motif or follow a pattern if that's what you want. Or, you can follow your own original talent. You pay for the piece, and then for the painting time (by the hour). I think they have good discounts for parties (like kids' birthday parties, seasonal parties, etc.) and there's ample parking.
This store has surprised me over and over again with the uniqueness of their shoe selection. They carry a range of brands and styles, but nearly all of them seem to have that "one of a kind" feel to them that some of us go for. I got silver sparkly shoes there a month ago for less than $40, and they are so cute and irreplaceable. Even if it's something a little more tame you are seeking, I would try this store.