Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Red Door

A recent summer evening with friends left us in Fremont looking for a place that could provide the following:
  1. Relaxed outdoor seating
  2. Beer
  3. Dinner
The Red Door sounded like a good bet. We certainly weren't the only folks with this idea, and had to spend some time a the bar (also outside) waiting for a table. No problem, it allowed us a chance to get a start on priority #2.

The menu was large but certainly meat biased. There were indeed some vegetarian choices... a caprese sandwich on a croissant, a veggie burger, a salad or two, but the options were a bit slim relative to the sum of the menu. Good news was that for an additional $1.50, they could substitute a veggie patty (seemed to be Boca) for a meat patty on any of their numerous burgers. I got an avocado burger in this vein. Had the choice of various salads or fries, and choose the fries.

I don't think I read the menu very carefully, and was surprised, pleasantly, to see that my sandwich came on toasted sourdough. It also had melted tillamook cheddar, and smashed avocado.
It also had another surprise bonus: bacon strips. Confirmation that I did gloss over the pesky details in the menu. Pried the bacon out of the melty cheese and gifted it to my friend's bowl of chili. For him, it would be decadent night.
What naughty creatures who poke their tongues at me!

The Red Door provided everything we were looking for. I managed to get plenty full, and my sandwich was good enough, even if I didn't have the world to choose from while ordering. The food served its purpose, but was a secondary to the cold beer and the perch above the street on a warm summer evening.

Red Door Alehouse
3401 Evanston Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-7521

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Ben said...

I think if I was a vegetarian, bacon, would be the item I pined for the most.
I suppose the smell of it cooking must be enticing and repulsive at the same time for you?

Tofu Hunter said...

It is weird, bacon does smell good, no doubt about it (unless I am mysteriously trapped with it), but I don't have the urge to eat it. It is like many of the delicious smelling things in the world, pine trees, gasoline, vinyl, that I enjoy the scent of but am not tempted to ingest.

Ben said...


You are the only person I know who can put bacon and gasoline in the same category and mean it positively.