Monday, July 18, 2011

Padrino's Pizza

Padrino's Pizza now inhabits the building that the fleeting Purple Rain Cafe used to occupy near the Silver Fork and Emerald City Fish and Chips on Rainier Ave. I admit, I was initially turned off by the place because of their logo:

But received a glossy full color menu/brochure/coupon pack in the mail from these guys that brought me around a bit. The clincher for me was the bold statement: FREE DELIVERY, in my delivery-neglected south end neighborhood. Good advertising!

I was recently racing the rain on an outdoor house project and decided it would be a perfect night to have dinner delivered. Ordered up an XL (had a coupon!) cheese pizza topped with broccoli and red peppers.

The pizza wasn't spectacular, but I wasn't really expecting it to be. It was, however, better than Pizza Hut or the like because it had a thin crust and a reasonable amount of cheese, and a nice list of interesting veggie toppings to choose from.

I won't be turning to these guys for honest-to-god pizza cravings (we are so pizza spoiled around here, especially with Flying Squirrel so near by), but it is fabulous to know that there is an option for delivery.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Ducks and Drakes

For all the sassy posturing and raunchy dancing of Woody Goomsba, Leavenworth it is actually a pretty low key town after hours; a fact that was to my disadvantage one recent weekday night when I was looking for somebody to make me dinner a little before 11pm.

It was kind of a demanding circumstance, I realize, which is why it was all the sweeter to walk into the Ducks and Drakes tavern and find that they have a late night menu. The late night menu wasn't especially geared towards vegetarians, but pizza and nachos were options, as was the Southwestern Chicken salad, which I ordered sans chicken.

I did my routine menu scan of some kind of protein I could substitute for the chicken, and landed upon a blob of hummus, which they gladly (though skeptically) added for me.

I was very hungry and this salad really hit the spot. It was huge, and made up of nice deep green romain lettuce with corn and tomatoes and onions and cheese and tortillas strips and spicy ranch on the side. I enjoyed every bite.

Great to know there is a late night option available in little Bavaria!

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Tony's Bakery

I recently went to Tony's Bakery, in the MLK/Graham complex, to sample their Bahn Mi. In a similar style to Q Bakery (in the same complex), the bakery is full of both prepared packaged foods, prepared hot foods, baked items and sandwiches.

I ordered a tofu sandwich and a basil seed drink and took the food home.

The sandwich had some good attributes including lots of good fresh veggies, but there wasn't anything that really made it stand out. My normally non-finicky meat eating dining companion's pork sandwich was slathered in so much butter that he had to scrape his bread.

The basil drink was an experiment... I'd never had it before and wasn't sure what to expect. I was hoping for a lightly sweet, crisp, basil scented sparkling beverage, and was about as wrong as I could be. The reality of the basil drink was a mega-sweet, mega-viscous cream soda flavored syrup with basil seeds in little mucousy pods.

For dessert we chose on of the many interesting looking baked goods, and landed upon this deep fried hollow sesame rice starch ball with a seemingly raw, chalky dough ball bouncing around in the center. I found many of the Tony baked goods to be intriguing, but I think that my MLK/Graham tofu bahn mi preference lays with Q Bakery, if for no other reason because their bread seemed fresher and they have a spicy lemongrass sauce that I love.

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