This past weekend I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Seattle. Originally this was a trip to watch a Mariners game but I couldn’t help but also get excited to taste what Seattle had to offer as far as food goes. Before I went everyone suggested their own, sworn by, Mexican joint. Cheesecake factory came up and so did PF Changs so I kept my eyes peeled.
When we finally made it to downtown Seattle and after checking in to our hotel J took me on a little driving tour. I was getting worried that if we didn’t find parking that it would get even harder closer to the game. So we found the perfect spot and got out to walk a bit. After sitting in the car all afternoon and missing lunch I help myself but to be on the lookout for food. Pyramid Breweries across from Safeco field was soon in my view and the patio was already starting to get busy despite being a little cold out. We both looked at each other and made a quick decision that Pyramid Breweries is where we needed to go. Since we were also meeting up with friends this seemed like the easiest place to meet as well.
The pub itself is really large and it was also really busy due to the Mariners playing that night. The Washington Huskies were on TV as well so it was probably busier then usual. We only had to wait 10 minutes so that was great. The menu was pretty much your typical pub menu and I really couldn’t point out anything original or outside of the box. Our server was great though. He constantly checked on us, joked around and was very friendly. In fact I noticed that Seattle had a lot of really friendly people in general.
Since they’re a brewery they have a pretty big selection of beer. On the table is a list of about 5 or 6 but they do have more on tap. J wanted something lighter like a lager and he suggested something with an odd name, had the word blonde in the title which was great! I ordered the apricot ale and I LOVED this one. It was lighter than an ale, more like a lager but had a hint of sweet apricot to it. It was also unfiltered so it was a bit cloudy as well and looked rustic. The photo is of J’s, not sure where the photo went of mine.
We started off with calamari which was cut lengthwise instead of in circles creating breaded sticks. They were served with a Cajun aioli. These were pretty good, the perfect amount for J and I to share. I liked how making sticks instantly made a great finger food. The aioli in my opinion wasn’t really Cajun but still good.
When our friends arrived an hour later we all ordered food, J got a blackened chicken sandwich with fries and I had the ahi tuna appetizer. J’s sandwich was pretty good. Your typical burger toppings of lettuce, tomato, onion with a seasoned chicken breast that was cooked pretty good. Nothing bad about the sandwich and the fries were also your typical pub fries.
My tuna on the other hand wasn’t that good. I probably shouldn’t have ordered Ahi Tuna in a pub especially having some of the best at eighteen27 a few days earlier. The tuna itself was cooked properly, seared on the outside and rare in the middle and it tasted fresh. It was also crusted with a pepper crust and had a mild wasabi aioli but it just didn’t do anything for me and was just blah. A little disappointing.
Our friends got a Nacho platter with Beef and it was GIANT! It was completely covered in your typical nacho ingredients and served with pico de gallo, sour cream and guacamole. They looked and tasted great, but it would be pretty hard to screw up nachos.
I think going to the Pyramid Brewery was a great idea and the perfect location for a pregame beer and snack. I just wish I had saved room for rally fries during the game. I am kicking myself for that. I guess I will have to go back to Seattle!