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Last night, Cherry and I finally made it out to Kylie’s Chicago Pizza.  Located off Fremont Ave N and 36th on the bottom floor of a commerial building, Kylie’s is a small restaurant with seating for roughly 25. Generating a lot of positive buzz, they serve Chicago inspired deep dish pizza. As soon as I stepped in, I noticed bright red walls displaying local prints/paintings for sale and a very small hostess stand in the front with the kitchen directly behind. The right half of the space looked to be going under a remodel – as there were primed walls and very few tables.

 

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entrance from fremont ave n.

 

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tables n’ windows

 

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local art

 

The Food:

 kylies.wings

chicken wings: $9

These baked chicken wings were plump and juicy. Their sauce carried a nice heat which was countered well by the sharp and salty blue cheese. The wings were also served with halved baby carrots. During Happy Hour, (4pm-6pm) wings are $3 off.

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small chicago classic: sweet fennel sausage, onions, green bell peppers, mushrooms $17

If you’re not familiar with “Chicago style” pizza, it is traditionally deep dish with cheese on the bottom, then toppings and the sauce on top. Despite what some pizza enthusiasts say, it’s ok to eat Chicago style pizza with a fork. This 10″ pie was rich and filling. Despite being covered in it, the pizza sauce they use is light and not overpowering. There were also  big chunks of tomato in the sauce which I liked – adding a touch of sweetness to the bite, but Cherry wasn’t a fan of them. The sausage was extremely flavorful and one of my favorite parts of the pizza. Their crust, which is made fresh and in-house, carried a pleasant crunch and texture. One thing unique about Kylie’s, is the addition of cornmeal in their pizza dough. That extra texture really shines in each bite.

My Conclusion:

I wasn’t blown away. The sausage and crust were delicious, but I would have like to have just a lil’ more sausage on my pie. I will have to try their thin crust pizza next time for a better all-around conclusion, but as far as deep dish is concerned, Kylie’s offers a good pie.

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I had a longer lunch yesterday and was pleasantly surprised when Cherry decided to stop by and take me out. She decided on a burger from Lil’ Woodys and I decided to walk down a few doors to try a spot I’ve read a lot of positive things about, Baguette Box. Located on the corner of Pine St and Melrose Ave, Baguette Box is a small bistro-style spot offering banh mi  inspired baguettes – elevated. As soon I stepped in, I immediately noticed how full it was and a dreadful long line of people waiting to order By the time  placed my order, there were 12-tickets ahead of me, but the wait wasn’t terribly long – only about 15-minutes. There are several large paintings along the walls and a set of stairs along the Southeastern wall, leading to what I’m assuming is a second level of seating. The kitchen is compact and holds just enough room for the one person preparing food and one taking orders.

 

baguettebox.entranceentrance off pine

 

baguettebox.counterordering counter 

baguettebox.paitings whaddup dawg!

 

 

The Food:

 

baguettebox.drunkenchickencrispy drunken chicken: battered crispy chicken, sweet tangy sauce, caramelized onions, cilantro $6.9

Then bright greens from the cilantro and pickled jalapeno really popped against the golden brown of the crispy chicken and the dark caramelized onion. The baguette was toasted well, carrying a crispy crunch with a soft bite underneath. The sweet tangy sauce was  more salty than sweet but had a nice flavor of ginger. The onions added an additional layer of savory flavors that were countered well against the bright flavors cilantro and pickled jalapenos. They also added some leafy greens that also added a softer texture.

 

My Conclusion:

Baguette Box offers a solid selection of baguettes with a variety of ingredients. Everything is fresh, made to order, and they also have vegetarian-friendly selections as well. There is also a selection of sides that look very appealing that I will have to try next time such as the truffle fries and the red potato salad with apricot aioli. You can check out their offerings here.

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There are only a handful of things that will get me out of bed before 9am on a Sunday morning… two of which are the Seahawks game and brunch with good friends! It just so happens, that this past Sunday, Cherry and I were able to knock both those *birds with one stone. Kind of  like a Russian Nesting Doll, Biscuit Bitch is located within the walls of Caffé Lieto on 1st and Stewart near Pike Place Market. It is a fairly small cafe with seating for maybe 10 and not much more standing room, but there’s enough spunk and attitude to go around! Warning, you will be caught off guard when you first hear someone walk up and say, “Can I get a Straight-Up Bitch?”

biscuitbitch.entranceentrance off 1st ave

biscuitbitch.counterordering counter

biscuitbitch.menumenu, btich!

biscuitbitch.ovenretro oven

biscuitbitch.ipadsoo seattle!

The Food:

biscuitbitch.dinerbreakfastbitch diner breakfast: 2 eggs any style, fried ham or sausage patties, and a big-ass biscuit 7.2

Simple and well made breakfast for m’lady. She went with the scrambled variety of eggs and the fried ham. Both the eggs and ham were cooked nicely, but the star of the plate (as well as most every dish on the breakfast menu) is the homemade biscuit. First off, they’re huge and all prepared from scratch. They also bake them all in a sweet retro oven you would find in June Cleavers kitchen. They’re buttery and fluffy on the inside and carry a firm almost crunchy texture on the outside.

biscuitbitch.hotmesshot mess bitch: biscuit & gravy, eggs & grits smothered in cheese, topped with a grilled louisiana hot link and jalapenos 10.8

 Every time I have breakfast/brunch, no matter where it is, I always walk out saying to Cherry, “I’m gonna order something sweet next time.. like French Toast or pancakes…” However, time and time again, I always gravitate towards the savory, meaty and artery-clogging dishes… enter the hot mess bitch. When they called our order ready, I walked up to counter and could barely carry the plate on one hand back to our table! (my friend Derrec ordered the same so got both of ours.) It was a mountain of savory delight – the big biscuit literally sat underneath a mound of gluttony. The gravy was rich, the egg was cooked well and the hot link provided a solid kick to the end of each bite. The jalapenos were of the pickled variety you can find in any canned food section of your grocery store and they surprisingly didn’t carry as much heat as the hot link! The biscuit, delicious on it’s own, didn’t shine to it’s potential however, due to the gravy and other flavors stealing it’s thunder. The grits were flavorless and I could have done without them. If this plate were a family portrait, the grits would be that awkward 3rd cousin, whose name you don’t remember and whose face gets blocked out by your Aunt Linda’s big hair.

My Conclusion:

Biscuit Bitch is a bitch you ain’t gonna wanna reckon with… The menu items may offend some but will please many (including vegetarians and those ‘GF’ people) and the servers are equally rad! Keep in mind this is a cafe, so there’s no table service – you have to do all your ordering at the counter. Ohh, and they’re green too! Their register is an iPad where customers can swipe their card and type in how they want their receipt; by email or by text… they’re sooo Seattle.

biscuitbitch.seahawks*post-brunch hawks game with the crew. go seahawks!!!

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