Eat Around Seattle: June 2017


In this series, I’ll be posting about all of the new restaurants that I’ve been trying out. They’ll predominantly be from the Puget Sound region since I’m based out of Seattle. If you want a more “real-time” update on my reviews, you can follow me on Yelp!

Fat’s Chicken & Waffles

The delicious spread at Fat’s Chicken & Waffles!

When you walk into this place it’s very comfortable and clean. It’s also light and fun with splashes of bright orange here and there. We were greeted by a very friendly waitress. I can’t stress this enough, customer service is key in any industry. I think you’ll notice that a lot of my reviews will touch on customer service at some point. I truly believe that customer service is part of the entire experience and I’d especially like to reward those that offer amazing service by sending customers their way!

We ordered:

  • Poutine Fries
  • Chicken & Waffles (Legs only)
  • Side of gravy
  • Side of corn bread
  • Side of beans & rice

Our entire order came out in a timely manner. The poutine fries we had as an appetizer and I love what they did with this. Most of the time, in Seattle, I’m let down by poutine fries. Most likely because our dear neighbor Canada is a short drive away and they are the true masters of poutine. So, what made theirs so great? It was their way of making poutine. They took something that’s a classic Canadian staple and made it their own. This recipe wasn’t competing with the rest of Canada, they were competing against themselves. The flavors were unique. The fries are shoestring fries with a nice pimento cheese spice on top and slathered in gravy. Delicious.

What about those chicken and waffles though? The chicken was phenomenal. The meat was juicy and the skin was the perfect amount of crisp. The waffles are thinner than other chicken & waffle places that I’ve had, but it worked. So, this part is personal preference, but I wish the gravy was a country gravy or something not as thick and strong in flavor. It distracted a bit from the chicken and waffles.

The only things I’d pass on next time are the beans and rice. Other than that, I’d highly recommend visiting this place!

Gor Gai Thai Street Food

I can never have enough at Gor Gai Thai! I just keep going back.

I can’t say enough good things about this place. Yes, seriously, it’s worth the drive down to Auburn for this! Just off of Main Street and across from Auburn High, this restaurant welcomes you in with its inviting home-like and cozy looking exterior. When you first walk in, you’ll most likely be greeted with an extremely friendly “sawa de ka (cup).” And then, you can expect this friendly service, throughout your entire experience. The interior is fun, urban, and exciting.

So, I’ll admit, June wasn’t my first time trying out Gor Gai Thai. But there are a couple of reasons I wanted to highlight it. One, it’s my favorite Thai restaurant. Two, the owner, Poe, is well deserving of all of the success that comes his way from this restaurant. He courageously left his 9-5 job and followed his passion to bringing authentic Thai food into the Northwest. And he’s committed to keeping it as authentic as possible. Three, they just hit their one-year anniversary this month so I found it fitting.

Okay, now what do you order from here? Well, rest assured you can’t really go wrong. Some of my classic favorites that I’ll rotate through include:

  • Larb (salad)
  • Gaeng Panang (curry)
  • Pad Med Mamuang (meat w/ cashew)
  • Pad Mama (mama noodles)
  • Pad Thai (thinner rice noodle)
  • Pad See Ew (big flat rice noodle)
  • Coconut Juice
  • Thai Ice Tea
  • Kao Niaow Ma Muang (Mango sticky rice dessert – seasonal)

Now, if only I could convince Poe to start a food truck up and bring it to the Seattle and Bellevue areas so I can get my fix for lunch!

Cubes Baking Co.

De Colores Cupcube! It’s such a beautiful tasty sweet!

This cute shop makes everything, in cubes! From the cakes, the cookies, the cupcakes, the scones, the Conchas, and more! This cute place is in Wallingford off of 45th (isn’t every Wallingford shop just off 45th?) When I first entered the premises, I was a bit confused. The set-up is very different from most bake shops that I’ve seen. The baked goods are put in vertical glass display cases. Almost as if it’s an art exhibit showcasing all of the works of art. It was unique and I really liked it.

The unfortunate thing is that since we came a ½ hour before close, they were out of most of the things that I wanted. According to the shop owner (I’m assuming that’s who he was) they had a rush right before we came in. Seriously, just my luck…every time.

He was super friendly and explained to me that many of the goodies had a Hispanic influence behind them. Honestly, there were many things that attracted me to this shop. One was their digital marketing on Facebook and Instagram that showed the cute cubes of everything. And the second was one of the desserts that I happened to see featured on their Instagram. It was a very vibrant and beautiful cupcake. 50% of the proceeds from that particular cupcake would go to a non-profit that supported working with the Hispanic LGBTQ community. Any company that supports great causes I’m all about! Another thing that attracted me, is I was super determined to try a concha.

We ended up ordering:

  • De Colores Cupcube (the multi-colored cupcake)
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Pretzel Cube (Hung ate this, so I have no personal say in how it was)

De Colores Cupcube was super cute (had cookie and cupcake). I was worried that the white cake would be pretty dry but it wasn’t. It was really good. It was sweet, but not overly sweet. Make sure to check this place out! I’ll definitely be going back to support local and of course, I’ll need to go try a Concha!

Well, that’s it for this month’s foodie reviews. Again, for continuous reviews, I’d highly recommend following me on Yelp bit.ly/YelpingWM. I end up trying to go to at least one new place a week. Let me know if you’ve been to any of these places or if you’ve decided to try them out!

Happy Wandering,
BrittanyDanyelle

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