I See Skies of Blue: Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse

May 26, 2012
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Starting a food blog has its perks. Aside from my overwhelming following of about 20 people and my escalating fame in the northern Seattle area, I often have a fan suggest a new restaurant where I should “get my eat on”.

I owe my latest excursion into the restaurant world to my summer boss, Courtney. He and his wife had recently dined at Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse in Lynnwood and raved about the yumm factor.

The wifey and I entered this small but stylin’ establishment yesterday afternoon for a late lunch. There were plenty of tables for family dining but a substantial bar for late night snackin’ ad sippin’. The waitresses were very friendly and helpful when we had trouble making our final decision about our meal.

The menu includes many comfort food classics like meatloaf, jambalaya, fish and chips, roasted chicken and a modern mac and cheese. There are also daily drink specials and nicely priced appetizers.

We ordered:

Meatloaf Sandwich* – House meatloaf topped with haystack onions, BBQ mayo and
cheddar cheese $9.99

Southern Fried Chicken – Buttermilk battered crispy breast of chicken topped with jalapeno chorizo cream gravy. Served with red jacket garlic mashed potatoes and veggies. $11.99

Both dishes were fantastic. Everything was made from scratch and the presentation was very nice. The nice this is that even though we went for lunch, the dinner prices, which include bigger portions of the same lunches, are not very much more expensive.

The little lady (my foodie accomplice) and I will most definitely be heading back to try more of this trendy comfort food. Indigo Kitchen and Alehouse is definitely a hidden pot of gold at the end of an blue colored rainbow.

I give this place 5 Bellypats!

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes:  “Eat every meal as though it was your last.”

Take care : )


Omlette a-go-go! Voula’s Offshore Cafe

May 16, 2012
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A few weeks back.The little lady and I were out taking family pics at the UW campus on a Sunday.  My mom hitched a ride with us. On the way home, we were starving. The wifey suggested we visit Voula’s Offshore Cafe, which is a short distance from the Ballard Bridge.

We have tried to visit this diner a few times on various weekends, but we  have always struck out because of the 45 min. to 1 hour wait for the brunch crowd. Also, it became incredibly popular after being visited by the Food Network hit show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

This place is the essence of an adorable greasy spoon diner: open kitchen in front, small bar counter and seating for probably no more than 50 or so.

The Mrs. and I went to order and asked the waitress what she recommended. Her preferences sounded so spectacular that we just went with them.

We ordered:

THE ODDINATOR…………………………………………………..10.25

Our in-house smoked pork, mushrooms, green onions, and Swiss cheese

topped with BBQ sauce.

SMOKEY THE SALMON………………………………………..10.75

Three eggs scrambled with our in-house smoked Alaskan King salmon,

cream cheese and green onions. Served with hashbrowns and toast.

BOOOYAAA VOOOOUUULAAAAA!    Yup, I just said it. That was an omlette. I had the Oddinator and I could only finish about half. If y’all know me and know how much I love my pulled pork, that is definitely noteworthy when considering the size of this dish.

My momma also enjoyed her breakfast….though hers was not nearly as adventurous as a dish as ours. Love ya ma!

I give this place 4 1/2 out of 5 Bellypats!!!

This little establishment has been in it’s spot, pretty much under the ship canal bridge, for many many years. They know breakfast and they do it well. If you are in the mood for good breakfast fare and a classic dive feel, hit up Voula’s Offshore Cafe for breakfast or brunch. You’ll email me to thank me later. : )


This is Matt signing off:  Remember…you are what you eat my friends….so avoid the fruits and the nuts.  : )