Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kickin it in Kirkland: Dinner and Drinks at The Slip

To celebrate Emi's birthday and to try something different this year, we decided to spend an evening out in Kirkland. One of my friend's over at Microsoft loves a local spot called The Slip. It's a hole in the wall, local bar, type of restaurant. I went there for work, earlier this year, and wanted to bring Emi back to enjoy the simple yet, surprisingly great food.

Since the summer seemed to come to Seattle late and is also leaving us early, we wanted to take advantage of a nice day by sitting outside. The Slip is located right off of the water, so it was a nice change of scenery for us.

We started with a couple of margaritas. I've always found that a tasty, stiff drink can make any meal taste better. However this salad, didn't need any help because it was genuienly good. We ordered the Gorgonzola Pear salad, which was pretty big so split it between the two of us. It came with grilled pears, spiced pecans, and a great bleu cheese salad dressing on the side. The salad was sweet, savory, and had a great crunchy texture from the toasted pecans and what we thought were slivers of sweet potato and yam chips.

The Slip's signature dish; their homemade clam chowder. I love clam chowder, but this one tops them all. The fresh herbs make this dish stand out. It's a explosion of flavor from the fresh rosemary to the rich cream, and chunks of clam. The chowder is definitely worth the trip.

It was nice to relax outside and to take Emi to someplace new. I'm sure the two margaritas a piece, helped us with the relaxation too.

The Jake's Quesadilla was my other favorite. It was spicy, sweet, and served with a really good guacamole. I'm pretty particular with my guacamole, but this stuff lived up to my standards. The cool, fresh guacamole balanced out the spicy quesadilla. The quesadilla was filled with pineapple, bacon and chicken sauteed in Tiger sauce stuffed in a sun dried tomato wrap with cheddar and jack cheese.

After dinner we wandered around Kirkland and also went down to the water to watch the sunset. The ducks living in that area must be used to people feeding them because they'll walk right up to you and nibble at your fingers.

Happy birthday Emi and sometime next week should be another post related to my family's celebration of her birthday.

- Kyle

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