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Joanie | Mar 12, 201404:42 AM

I had asked for happy hour help, thanks to those who gave me good ideas. I started my eating at Toulouse Petit on Queene Anne for what they call breakfast happy hr, most dishes are $9 from 8-11. so many great sounding choices but I went with duck confit hash w/ eggs which was almost like a salad, very good and nice service. Had to make my pilgrimage to Top Pot where I had a great salted caramel and my usual maple old fashioned. Did their prices go up? Took a look at Assembly Hall, walked thru Melrose Market, got an iced coffee at Kaladi Brothers on E. Pike and after more walking, it was time for happy hour at Lost Pelican. A nice spot, not many there at 3:15 so we chatted with the nice bartender. Friend just had a vodka tonic but my "Monarch" was great, gin/grapefruit if I remember correctly. The crawfish fromage was kind of mediocre, she liked her andouille sausage flatbread and at $5, can't complain too much. Dinner that nite was at Branzino starting w/ excellent grilled octopus, roasted Brussels sprouts "leaflets" which we didn't read fully but was good and a nice carbonara. I enjoyed the glass of wine too. Service was okay but kind of left us sitting there at points, certainly not as bad as some Yelpers had said. I'd gotten a Groupon in Boston so it was a good deal. Ended the nite at Chop Suey.

The next day I walked thru the market and got a mushroom, onion and celery piroshki from Piroshki Piroshki which was just ok. Better was the cherry buttermilk donut at Pike Place bakery. It was kind of raw out so I took advantage of the fireplace in the lobby of Grand Central Bakery then made my way to Zeitgeist for a mediocre latte and met a friend at the EMP. 5 Points after was too crowded so we went directly to Kau Kau BBQ for a dish of pork in three ways plus a duck plate. Cheap and good but not great. Friend brought me back to Queen Anne where I finally stopped in cool old bar Mecca for an ice cold Rainer. Regrouped then out to Ballard for drinks at Percy's where C. had a drink w/ thyme, I don't remember mine unfortunately. I took him for a thank you dinner at Staple & Fancy and really liked the place even if I wasn't completely wowed. Started w/ burrata, olives and grilled bread and he had scallops while I had veal breast and Brussels sprouts and a great glass of wine. Prices were reasonable but the scallops seemed kind of mushy and something about the sauce on the veal just wasn't making me happy. Ended at the divey Smokeshop.

Sun. I traipsed around in the rain at the Fremont Market, got a decent mango/blueberry pie at Pie and some good finds at Jive Records. Another rec for happy hour I'd gotten from you guys was for Le Zinc so we took advantage of their daily happy hour and had an excellent croque monsieur ($11 not really HH pricing) and mussels and a great $4 glass of white. Met some of C's friends at Spitfire Grill on 5th where they watch Boston sports teams then Dahlia for coconut cream pie and a great olive oil cake w/ fruit. I think the cake was better than the signature pie. As usual, too much to do in too little time but made an okay dent. Thanks for the HH tips.

Toulouse Petit,
Assembly Hall,
Kaladi Brothers Coffee,
Zeitgeist Coffee,
Percy's & Co. Seattle,
Staple & Fancy,
Top Pot Doughnuts,
Grand Central Bakery
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