North Star Diner

YES!! ANOTHER 24 HOUR DINER IN SEATTLE: The North Star Diner!! (87th and Greenwood, next to Safeway) You can never have too many 24 Hour diners. This one is the newest gem. These guys took a run down sketchy Chinese Karaoke Restaurant, and turned it into a 24 Hour diner for all ages on one side, and a Bar with Awesome karaoke on the other side. I had the Little Dipper, but promise to get the Steak and Prawns next time.

North Star Diner Karaoke
North Star Diner Karaoke Bar

North Star Diner Sign
Sign on the north side of the North Star Diner

North Star Diner Drink Booze
Drink Booze at the North Star Diner

Zippy’s Giant Burgers – Rat City

Best Burger in Seattle comes from Zippy’s, in the heart of White Center (Rat City).

Zippy's Giant Burgers

Zippy's Giant Burgers

There are many menu options, and everything is made to order.

Quote: “We make our burgers using 100% chuck that we grind on site each and every day.”

I’m pretty sure they hand-pack the patties too.  Analog burgers.  Everyone loves analog.

Zippy's Giant Burgers

There’s a ton of burger memorabilia to keep you entertained while you wait for your food.
Zippy's Giant Burgers

Zippy's Giant Burgers

Zippy's Giant Burgers
And video games

Zippy's Giant Burgers

Lots of great soda.

Zippy's Giant Burgers

Their special sauce is the bomb… good for fries, rings, and burgers.

Zippy's Giant Burgers

All burger options are available with veggie patties as well.

Zippy's Giant Burgers

Zippy’s burgers will make you happy.
Zippy's Giant Burgers

Every now and then they host free punk shows in the parking lot.

You really couldn’t ask for more.Zippy's Giant Burgers

Lock and Keel

In the heart of Ballard Avenue lies the Lock and Keel.  I’ve been hanging out here quite a bit since 2011.  Very chill place.

If you like boats and all things that float, you’ll love the decor.  Especially the outboard motors for pool table lights.

If you do play pool, this is the place to do it.  The tables are only 50 cents, and there are chalk boards for putting your name in a play-the-winner queue, so you don’t have to be like, “hey, my quarters were sitting there first!”  I think they still do free pool Thursdays too.

It gets pretty packed with kids in their early 20s on Friday and Saturday night, but not as bad as Kings Hardware.  There’s still an older crowd too, to balance things out.

Food is pretty grubbin.  Especially since they smoke their own meat.  And I haven’t tried it, but I guess the chili mac is the bomb.

I think my favorite thing about this place is they’re very straight-edge friendly.  Once I got kicked out of another bar for just playing pool, and not ordering drinks.  The Lock and Keel is very cool about that though.  They never hassle me, and are always ready to re-fill my coffee and water.

Drinkers are in good hands as well.  Good spirits, wines and beers.  And if Danelle or Caitlin are working, you’re stoked … they’ll take good care of you.

 

Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – just look for the boat on Ballard Ave

 

Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – you can watch the cook in action
Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – that’s about the size of it
Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – back patio.  No smoking though, just the occasional stoner
Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – Tommy P shooting pool.  Watch out though, he’ll beat you and make you cry.
Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – look at all those spirits.  And that bow above them is pretty cool.
Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – oh yeah, there are TVs playing sports.  
Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – cool crew boat on the ceiling
Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – nice rudder

 

Lock and Keel
Lock and Keel – check the spearfish in the back of this photo

 

Beth’s Cafe

What do night owls do after a busy night of bar hoppin’ in Seattle?  They keep the party goin’ at Beth’s Cafe!  That’s right, all hail the most righteous 24 hour diner in Seattle, just across the Aurora 7-11 by Greenlake.

They have a lot of diner food, but I typically go for breakfast, as it’s served 24 hours a day.  Breakfast plates come with bottomless hash browns. Other than that, their monster omelettes, shakes, burgers, french dips, and bacon are to die for.

You like coffee and water?  They don’t let your cups go less than half full.  It amazes me.  At 2 AM on a weekend night they are slammed.  Sometimes you have to wait up to 45 minutes for a table (pro-tip, you can just sit at the counter if you’re alone).  Yet, they manage to have plenty of time too keep everyone’s coffee and water full.

And for the artist in you, they’ll provide paper and crayons, then proudly display your work on the wall.  Sometimes they have drawing contests too.  I once got a free shake for winning 2nd place in a Rated X Sesame Street drawing contest.

Other Pro-tips:

  • when they are super busy, they won’t let you put your name down for a table till your whole party is there.
  • there’s parking in the back.
  • you won’t be able to finish the six fiddy shake alone.  It’s extremely rich (Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Brownies.)

 

Beth's Cafe
Beth’s Cafe – 60 years strong.  Beat out the Twin Tee Pees
Beth's Cafe
Beth’s Cafe – front shot, where the smokers hang
Beth's Cafe
Beth’s Cafe – seat yourself bar
Beth's Cafe
Beth’s Cafe – watch the cooks in action.  They’re good.
Beth's Cafe
Beth’s Cafe – good juke box.
Beth's Cafe
Beth’s Cafe – game room, for when you have to wait for a table.

Cinco De Margo

Marginal Way Skatepark - Cinco De Margo
Marginal Way Skatepark – Cinco De Margo

Today, May 4th 2014, Marginal Way Skatepark held its annual Cinco Del Margo celebration. There were tacos, raffle, beer, shredders, more shredders, bands, and … A NEW SECTION OF THE PARK! There was a really good turnout, and I’m sure a good amount of money was raised, that will go towards finally finishing the park after 10 years of blood, sweat, crete and beer.
I have footage of the Fakies set, and will post that here as well soon.