July 28, 2011

Restaurant Reviews 6-8

6. Agua Verde
1303 Northeast Boat Street
Seattle, WA 98105-6701
(206) 545-8570

Everyone associates Agua Verde with sunny weather and paddling, but it’s equally as great any time of the year, rain or shine. I always get fish tacos and a strawberry margarita and its very fun to go to the salsa bar and pick out your favorites before dinner. The atmosphere is complete chaos because of the its huge popularity, so service can be a little rushed, but I have found them always to be professional and kind despite them getting their butts kicked by hour-long waits every day!

7. Oliver’s Twist
6822 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-6673

This place is great for happy hour (4-6 pm nightly). They have some great little appetizers (truffle popcorn, beet salad, grilled cheese sandwich), but mostly they have incredible drinks. If you are familiar with the novel, you will appreciate the names of their cocktails which often include imaginative combinations of sparkling, liqueur and hard alcohol. This place is very cute and sucks you in so you stay there all night. We like it because it’s rarely over-crowded and has a real Phinney Ridge neighborhood feel.

8. Ivars
1001 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-6852

4 words: All night Happy Hour. We discovered this phenomenon from waiting at the ferry terminal downtown. If you have a three ferry wait, a $5 plum cosmo or orange whip is just what you need. So, happy hour in the expansive bar here is from 3 pm to close every night of the week! They have great deals on their famous fish and chips as well as salads, burgers, and seafood. If you want to follow our lead, you would split an order of fish and chips and then get a strawberry salad and a blackened salmon ceasar. The service is generally good, if often rushed due to the busy nature of all night happy hour, but the atmosphere is fun, the food and drinks are very decent and the price is definitely right.

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