Was thinking ... even if I lived in Venice or Paris, I might have to visit Seattle from time to time just for Happy Hour at Cascadia.
Belltown's not known for its wine bars, so this is a great alternative. From 5 to 7 every evening, chef Kerry Sear's signature drink is reduced from $8 to $3.50. It's the Alpine Martini, and you haven't lived until you've sipped a couple. Absolut Citron, shaken with ice, served "up" with an iconoclastic scoop of creamy "Douglas Fir" sorbet and garnished with a sprig of pine. Surprisingly refreshing.
Accompany this with a couple of $1 mini-burgers: they're so tasty you'll gobble them down in two bites, but I promise you'll never eat anything as satisfying from the 99-cent menu at McD's, DQ, BK or Wendy's. And should you feel an urgent need for deep-fried seafood, Cascadia's attitude adjustment hour also offers a $2 cone of calamari with a zesty aioli.
Here's the best part: as long as the viaduct remains standing and feeds into the Battery Street tunnel, nothing will obstruct the view of sunset over Elliott Bay from Cascadia's sidewalk tables.
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UPDATE: Sunday, June 27th, a celebratory article appears in The Seattle Times. And FYI, the guy who ate 16 miniburgers, 'twasn't me.