We’ve been writing a lot about restaurants this month, so in support of local economies I want to put in a good word for neighborhood restaurants. Some of the best places to eat may be right down the street from where you live.
To personalize this, here are four places where I enjoy eating, all of which are within a couple miles of our house:
Brier Pizza & Family Restaurant: This Italian and Greek restaurant has the best food ever. They make their own salad dressings, for Pete’s sake! Every dish is made when you order, so it’s fresh and delicious; they take special orders; and I’ve never eaten anything here I didn’t like. The bonus is that lots of neighbors eat there, so it’s a great hang out spot. My son and his trio play jazz there every first and third Sunday night of each month and they make way more tips than they do when gigging on the Eastside. The food not only tastes fabulous, it’s not too pricey.
Sorelli’s Pizza: Located in Mountlake Terrace, this place serves the most amazing 2-inch thick pizza. It is seriously to die for. The prices seem high, but one piece of their pies is plenty to fill you up, so one pizza does it for a whole tribe. Yum!
Voula’s: I chose Voula’s over a fancier restaurant with a better view for Mother’s Day brunch. This eatery is run by Voula herself, with her family making up part of the staff. If you like the personal touch, this is the place to go — Voula’s son seated us and, with his hand on my shoulder, warmly wished me a Happy Mother’s Day. Later, Voula came by and we talked about our kids together. The food and atmosphere has a Greek flair and is super tasty, as well as reasonably priced. I love the omelets and gyros, but I bet everything on the menu is delicious.
Red Onion Burgers: Another spot located in Mountlake Terrace, if you’re headed north from Seattle you can easily hop off I-5 at the 44th Street exit, take a right to drive up a hill, turn left into the shopping center near the top, eat a burger or salad at Red Onion, and be on your way in no time at all — and it would be well worth your time. The owners are super friendly, as with many neighborhood eateries, and the burgers, fries and milkshakes are scrumptious.
Now it’s your turn! Tell us all about your favorite local eatery — include the neighborhood, the name of the place, and what you like most about it.