I live in Seattle and am planning to meet up with some friends this weekend, for cocktails and small plates. We'd like to do West Seattle, but nothing is grabbing me. I eat in W Seattle quite a bit and would like something new...but I've heard so-so things about AmaAma and Shadowland (which also seems a bit overpriced). Below is the list of places I've tried, with the reason I've ruled each one out (for this particular weekend).
West 5 -- it's fun, food is okay, but the Hobart (dishwasher) smell is too much for me
Matador -- too much of a singles scene
Buddha Ruksa -- not really a fun Friday night spot, no bar, though I love the food
Beato -- we have a non-wine drinker with us so this place is out
Cactus -- not a fan of the Alki location, a bit frat-y
La Rustica -- it's a date spot, not a fun group spot
Mission -- possible, but I find it just so-so
Jak's -- not really a small plates place
Mashiko -- it's so busy that you can't really hang out, plus they don't have a bar
Blackbird...maybe? I've only eaten there once.
Am I missing anything? Or should I give Shadowland or AmaAma a shot?