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Louie G’s Pizzeria & Pasta & Local Music for All Ages

There  is a new hotspot in town. Fife that is, located conviently between Tacoma, Federal Way , and a short drive from Auburn, Kent, and Puyallup.

 Louie G’s Pizzeria and Pasta offers killer pizza and pasta dishes, music for all ages and a decent selection of beer and soda. It truly has the feel of an old time Pizzeria and Arcade with a small selection of classic video games and pinball.  It is a safe place to let your kids play and have a family dinner without the Cheesy cardboard (and just as Cheesy atmosphere) of other arcate pizza joints.

I first visited last year and was pleasantly surpised that the unassuming looking outside of the building, squished between the VFW hall and the ancient, but iconic, Poodle Dog Restuarant, contained a very large and very worthy Pizzeria.

I was even more surprised that it was fully wheelchair accessible in every way. I notice this because of my husband’s disability, but I mention it here because sometimes even places that say they are accessable overlook minor details that make getting around difficult for the mobility challenges.  The restroom doors are wide, the floor is open and the doorway is level.

Our first trip, we chose to sit at the back bar and little did we know that our server was Louie himself and we very much enjoyed our food, visiting with him and hearing about his dreams and goals for the business and just shooting the bull.   He is almost always around and he is usually busy doing something but if you see him, he will always be happy to stop and chat witha customer and he will remember your face when you come back.

It is nothing fancy and atmosphere wise, aside from the small arcade, it is just a pizza place, until you venture to the bar in the back and the larger back room. They have several beers on tap and a selection of wines available at reasonable prices.

The menu is large and really does have something for everyone, from the Mini pie starting at $3.99 for 8 inches of cheesy goodness cooked in a NY brick oven for the smaller appetite, to a ginormous 28 inch Little Italy that starts at $39.99 for cheese and could feed a mob of teenages until they experience the ultimate food coma.

If pizza isn’t your thing, screw a $5 footlong ..go for Louie’s longshore subs that come in 12″ and 24″!  There are also other sandwhiches, Gyro’s, a good selection of pasta dishes and salads, salad bar and appetizers. Oh, and burgers too if that was not enough.  Pizzas range from your basics to the slighly more adventurous like Giancarlo Cashew Chicken with Pesto Sauce, Grilled Chicken, Cooked Tomato, Bacon, Red Onion, Feta Cheese & Cashews.   The pizza crusts are perfecly crispy yet pliable and homemade and hand thrown. The toppings are always fresh and generous.

On our last visit (we actually made two visits in one day), I had an order of fried chicken gizzards (a guilty pleasure of mine). Not all like them and everyplace I have ever had them does them differently. Since I ordered them with my meal, I was hoping to get them first but they came after I was half done with my food due to a kitchen mix up (it was busy during a show so I will be a little forgiving on that one), but they were not the best thing on the menu. They were tough and rather bland. (Gizzards , if marinated and pressure fried can be tender and juicy).

My lunch meal consisted of a small Lucky pizza with artichokes added. This pie comes with Garlic Alfredo, Grilled Chicken, Red Onion, Black Olives, And Mushrooms.  All I can say was perfection on a plate. Just the right amount of toppings, they were fresh and juicy and the taste was wonderfully mild with a perfect amount of alfredo sauce to make it not messy or too rich but let the othe flavors blend well with the garlic.

Dinner, for myself was a full sized order of chicken parmeasan. Again, perfect! I am very picky about marinara sauce. I don’t like tomatoes, so a sauce that is too bland will turn me away and there should be spice but not overpowering. I am used to my own or my mothers homemade ..cooked all day with  meat and vegetables in a cast iron dutch oven or slow cooker. Because of this, I rarely order past with red sauce. Louies in of the few places I will not hesitate to order it. Yum is all I can say! This meal is big enough for two to split with two pieces of chicken breast breaded and smothered and a side of spaghetti. DJ had the veal parmesean sandwich for lunch and I had trouble getting an opinion out of him becuase he was too busy chewing and enjoying the beast of a sandwich he had in front of him.

My teen daughter ordered the chicken and mushroom fettucine and though she was not feeling 100%, she managed to eat some of it. It was smothered in magically delisous fresh mushrooms.

Feeling like comfort food…I saw a burger on the menu that is a burger patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches! 

Now, add to the excellent food, live music from some of todays most popular up and coming local bands in an all ages venue, you have a great place to take family, a date or just sit back relax after work on a weekend.

A current list of shows can be found on reverbnation.com , but I recommend following on facebook as well as there are sometimes improptu sessions by such artists as Rane Stone of Klover Jane. (Rane likes to stop by on occasional random evenings and do some solo acoustic sets to try out new music).

Upcoming shows include Rush and Heart cover bands and local artists like Dudley Taft and Amadon.

The Louie G’s story (from the website)

Its simple really... I've been cooking for over 15
Years. I took a break from it for a few years but
the passion was always in my heart. When my
Father's dying wish was for me to get back into
it, I did. I opened Louie G's in Fife, WA in 2007
after 2 months remodeling which included true
New York Ovens and putting up everything I own
as collateral. Here we are. My lovely wife Andrea
are in this together as owners & Operators. I work
80-100 hours a week to make sure the quality and
service is #1. We are not here to make Millions, we
are here to simply to feed hard working Americans.
That's what you all deserve, and you'll get it at
Louie G's Pizzeria.

"Welcome to my Dream... You're all in it."-Louie G  

My advice? If you are looking for good food and pizza and a cold mug of beer,  stop at Louie G’s while cruising I5 in Fife.

 If you want some fun live music on a full sized stage with great lighting and sound, take the whole family. There are not a lot of great venues in the south King, Pierce are that teens can hang out with friends or family and that offer quality live artists and local music.

 

Louie G’s Pizzeria
4802 Pacific Hwy East #B
Fife, WA 98424

Phone: 253-926-9700
Phone: 253-926-9701
Fax: 253-926-0147

Hours
Monday-Friday: 10:30am – 9:00pm or later
Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm or later
Sunday Closed: Louie needs a day to rest

 

An Indian restaurant, A hole in the wall dive bar and some Rane that I love!

Last night I had probably one of the most surreal experiences of my life. I have been following a man on facebook who caught my attention both because of his look and sound. Growing up in the 70’s & 80’s through today (Am I really grown up yet?) Seattle has always had a great music scene and I can even remember listing to some of my mother’s old 45’s from the 50’s and 60s with bands like “The fabulous wailers“, “The Ventures” and “Paul Revere and the Raiders“… She had many others, but it always seemed these were the ones I latched on to before I even began to understand the significance of the Great Northwest contributions to music. As I got older, I started listening to some of the other NW greats, like Queensryche and on through the 80’s and 90’s with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice In Chains.  Since these bands, I haven’t been too enthusiastic about the local music scene. I thought maybe this had to do with my aging and tastes changing or just the style changing, but I now realize that true talent is not dead, it was just lurking in the shadows waiting to be discovered.

I found Rane Stone and Klover Jane after hearing about them on the radio on KISW and started to check them out on facebook. I like many styles of music and many singers, but my husband is the picky one and has pretty much one type of music he likes and a few favorites that he really likes and follows. Like me, he thinks the local music scene felt as if it had just turned to cover bands and top 40 or some gawd awful “Hip Hop Club Mix Autotune no real talent needed” sounds ( I am not calling it music). We are too old (and married) to want to hang with the ravers and booty shakers. We love the sound of raw, real rock. I decided to take my chances with Rane Stone and drag my husband out to an unknown venue in Woodinville last night for an acoustic show of unknown quality and see if I could get him interested and excited about something new.

We saw the link on facebook for an event promoted by Mad Mike Presents  at The Cookhouse in Woodinville. I was not sure about this venue as:

 A. I have never heard of the place.

 B. We drove by the location an didn’t see it at 13330 NE 175th St Woodinville, WA 98072 from the street and didn’t see any signs.

C. Google gave me results such as it was closed, it was nicknamed “the crackhouse” and virtually no reviews on any of the restaurant sites.

We decided to drive up early try to find it , have a drink and see what the flavor was like before going back later for the show. We entered by the Shuck’s /O’Reilly autoparts off 175th and drove to the strip mall in the back as this is where Google Maps pointed me. BUT…wait, there is the address…but it is not The Cookhouse? It says Indian Palace? But there is the promo poster in the window. We decided to drive around back and check it out. The cookhouse is located in back of the Indian Palace and it is very small (Max capacity is 70) . It really appears to be a dive, but upon entering, the staff was very friendly and best of all, the drinks were poured well and they were inexpensive. ($3.25 wells).   It was very small, but we were not totally discouraged and decided we would take our chances and come back later. We arrived early for the show and saw  Mad Mike and Rane Stone getting ready for the show.

Mad Mike looks a lot like the kind of sleezy guy you might expect as a music promoter (big sideburns, fancy shoes and a big talker), but looks can be decieving. He is one of the nicest guys I have ever met. We had communicated via Facebook prior the the show to verify that it would be wheelchair accessible. He made sure we had a spot reserved just for us and made sure we were cool the entire night. The staff also looked out for us all night and kept the drinks coming. (Well, ok they forgot a couple times, but they were busier than they expected to be, and we got those drinks on the house.). 

We started off with dinner and since my hubby is the picky eater, he had chicken strips and fries off the standard bar fare american menu (they serve breakfast all day if you look for that sort of thing, which I do on occasion) . I chose to order off the Indian menu as The Cookhouse used to be part of a bigger restaurant. It was bought out to become the Indian Palace, but the customers were used to The Cookhouse and so the back half of the building (the bar) remained untouched, thus both menus. 

The Butter Chicken was some of the best I have ever had. Mildly sweet and spicy, smooth texture and mouthwatering taste. The Pulao Rice was cooked perfect and you can never go wrong with garlic naan to soak up the extra sauce.  I give the food, the drinks and staff all 5 stars.

The surreal part of the night was meeting a soon to be Seattle legend of the music scene. Yes, Rane, you don’t know it yet (though I know you dream it) but I think you will be known and respected in the local industry with the likes of the late Layne Staley, the late Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder and Mike Mcready, and Chris Cornell . You have the pipes and the personality to carry you far. Tragic as it may be, there are some good lessons to be learned from living the lifestyle like Staley and Cobain, and I hope you can keep your head above the muck and continue to be yourself.

Rane Stone is an amazing performer, especially for a very small venue, which lent itself well to the acuoustic set up last night. He is involved with his own solo acoustic show, with guitar back up by an amazing J.T. Phillips, as well as the local band Klover Jane, an Alice in Chains cover band called Jar of Flies, and a project with Michael Wilton of Queensryche called Wratchet head. His voice has a quality seldom heard these days and I love the fact you can listen loud and still understand the lyrics. This made it easy to start singing along with his original songs as well.

My husband told me the last time he had that much fun was the night of our wedding! I think I might be a little jealous of Rane now, but it was all worth it and we are already looking at future dates, such as April 15th at the Liquid Lime in Kirkland,  April 29th at Hard Rock Seattle and May 28th at Louie G’s in Fife  (which will be an all ages event and has some of the best pizza south of Seattle!). 

If you want to hear some good local rock, have a good time with a fun band and just get out for the night, check out Rane Stone and Klover Jane at one of these venues. The future is yet to be seen for this powerhouse man with amazing gift of voice, guitar and songwriting, but I will be happy to say that I was there in the beginning and hoping that just a few of you who read this look him up, buy some songs or go to a show! Support our local musicians; it is what makes Seattle bearable during our long winters and pouring rain!

Restaurant Review: Hard Rock Cafe Seattle

The sun was shining on Saturday and we decided to take a family trip down to Pike Place Market to see what was available for fresh produce and I had been wanting to check out Papperdelle’s Pasta for some dark chocolate linguini and I also bought some Garlic Chive Papperdelle because the recipe for Garlic Chive Pappardelle al Limone sounds so wonderful. I can’t wait to make this.

I didn’t get to spend as much time at the market as I had hoped because I was out voted for lunch. I wanted to nibble my way through the shops at the market, Deejster and my daughter wanted to eat at Hard Rock Cafe.  I didn’t object to this choice since we had visiting the ones in Miami (my favorite so far) and Las Vegas.

Seattle’s Hard Rock seems much smaller than I would have expected, but as I expected there was some awesome local music memorabilia adorning the walls, such as a well used looking set of drums from Alice in Chains.

and a guitar from Pearl Jam.

I reached for the drink menu first and figured it is never a good sign when there are no prices on the menu!  But alas, they had a Waborita and my daughter chose a smoothie that came with the souvenier glass. They were great about giving us a boxed one rather than having to take the sticky one home.Waborita and a smoothie

I must say that this was one of the best margaritas ever! Kudos to the bartender for this beautiful concoction that was perfect for a sunny day on the waterfront.

Both my daughter and my husband would eat cheeseburgers everyday if they could. They are not terribly picky about this either, though Deejster usually prefers Red Robin and the child likes …well an AM/PM gut bomb will do the trick there, but it agreed that certain burgers do stand above the rest. Places like Five Guys with the simplest menu on earth to Red Mill ( a hole in the wall once featured on Diners, Drive ins, and dives)are among the favorites.

First I saw the price! A $16.00 burger? I asked if we wanted to share an appetizer plate, but again, I was outvoted so we dove in wholeheartedly.

They both ordered the Hicory Bacon BBQ Cheeseburger. I am pretty sure the child inhaled hers because before I even got through my first onion ring, she had it half gone.

I believe the term she used to describe it was “napkinny” as it took at least 3 to keep up with the juices flowing out of this beast. Deej struggled to finish his though he was determined, I think he lost the battle in the end. When our waiter, flamboyant and fun Sean, returned and asked if we wanted desert, he got a “Hell no!” from him.

I tend to be more adventuours when it comes to flavors and I like hot and spicy, so the Red, White and Blue buger appealed to my senses. The menu says ” Laced and grilled with our spicy Buffalo sauce and Cajun Seasoning then topped with crumbled blue cheese and a crisp fried onion ring.”

Not only did it smell amazing, it was a beauty on the plate. I started on the onion rings and of course while I was in awe of the hot , crunchy , yet tender and sweet rings, I had to share bites reluctanty so the other two could get a taste. The buger was a blissful combo of a generous amount of blue cheese crumbles (not overpowering ) and cajun spice combined with a milder/not to vinegary buffalo sauce that came on the side. I told our waiter the worste part of the meal was that I actually ate the whole thing and wasn’t sure I could move.

I would not recommend Hard Rock Seattle for daily lunch, but take a group and get the large table/booth with the Microsoft Surface that you can play with interactivly. It set us back over $85 for three drinks and three bugers, so it is not someplace to go on a budget, but for a special occasion, I would surely recommend it.  The burgers were worth the price. We were full and the plates were clean!

Food: [Rating:5.0]
Price: [rating:3.5]
Atmosphere: [rating:4.5]
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I heart Burger and Sub

15117 NE 24th St
Redmond, wa, 98052
(425) 641-2003.

No, that isn’t just a crazy name for this post, it is the name of a real restaurant in Redmond. I burger and sub is not a very creative or attractive name, but don’t let that stop you from trying it out.

This is probably the best kept secret in Redmond. It just opened in December and it is close to Microsoft, so during the lunch hour it can get a bit busy, but the burgers are big and juicy and prices are great. You can get the lunch special for $6.99 any day and that is a burger or sandwich, soup, salad or fried and a drink. If you get a punch card you get the 11th meal for $5 off so that is also a pretty good deal. I just filled mine up today so I have a virtually free lunch coming soon.

There is a wide selection of burgers on the menu, ranging in price from $3.99 for a classic burger to $8.99 for the 1/2 lb angus burger, so if I had to choose between the nearby Burger King and this one, for the same price, I think you get a better burger.

When I am feeling less health concious, I love the Ham Bacon Burger..need I say more! Burger and Pork!  The western BBQ burger is also great.  On one occasion I had a slight mix up and they gave me someone elses order so I got a turkey melt instead of the burger i ordered, but I hope the other person enjoyed my burger because I did enjoy thier sandwhich.

Today was the second time I have had the French Dip as I am always in search of a good one and even though Arbys is right in the same parking lot, I said I wanted a GOOD one..Arby’s doesn’t fit that bill. The one I had today was filled with hot meat and melted cheese and had hot and tasty aujus.

This is what one should look like…you can at least find the meat!

For more info about I love burger and sub, see this article that was in the Redmond Reporter.

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Free Thanksgiving Dinner buffet from Palmer’s East


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For anyone who knows me, even though I don’t live in Redmond anymore,  Palmer’s East is my favorite hang-out spot.

The bartenders are fun and pleasant (at least to me-if you are jerk you will get treated as such!). They food is awesome, especially the Tuesday night 1/2 price burger nights!

Yes, it is a dive bar, but it is sort of like Cheers from the old tv show..everyone knows each other, everyone treats it like it is “their” place and it stays pretty mellow…except for the weekends. The place comes alive after 9pm when Karoake starts (7 nights a week with Big John’s Crazy Karoake). Big John is the best karaoke host ever and has a great sense of humor..but not for the faint of heart or easily offended. I have seen some pretty wild things happen on the dance floor on the weekends..(or in other places—ask the couple in the ladies room what happened to their clothes while they were distracted with each other..hey folks there isn’t much room in there and people drinking beer need a stall!).

Monday and Tuesday  nights brings some free poker games for those that want to learn to play without spending a fortune and it is fun way to get to meet some new people.

For the past several years, Thomas Wilhite, Owner and proprieter, has offered a fabulous free Thanksgiving feast to anyone in the community who would like to come and share with the Palmer’s family.  This year the dinner will start at 7pm on the 26th. All he asks is that you call ahead or stop in and let them know you are coming so that they know how many birds to roast and deep fry….Last year I couldn’t get enough of that deep fried bird! If you don’t want to cook for yourself, you are alone or just can’t afford to host your own shindig, stop in and stuff your belly.

Palmers East

7853 Leary Way NE
Redmond, WA 98052

(425) 867-3837


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