Hard Rock Cafe

Written by on August 23, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(hardrock.com) – Downtown
How I heard of this place: I think the first I had ever heard of the Hard Rock Cafe was on a trip to London at an early age (around eight). Having been at the peak of HRC success, my sister and I made it a goal: to visit the establishment in every city that had one. We were successful for several years of traveling for vacations, but the momentum was soon lost. When the HRC opened in Seattle, it came as a shock…and about 25 years late! But seeing as how it has been open for several months, I had to check it out.
Type of cuisine: Known for burgers and sandwiches, the HRC also boasts traditional bar foods, including fajitas, mac ‘n cheese, ribs, and others.
Ambiance: While less cluttered and rustic than the other HRCs I have seen, this venue is quite open and large. Dark interior (walls and decor) give the sensation of being in an evening mood despite the sun shining at the height of daylight. Slightly interactive monitors are found everywhere, at each booth and around the establishment. Chair and table seating also available. The kitchen area is open to view, behind heating lamps that keep your food warm as the wait-staff prepares it for presentation at your table. A casual dining experience of anyone looking for loud music in a new Seattle restaurant.
What I ordered: Entering the HRC, I immediately wanted a burger! So, that is exactly what I ordered. Kirk helped me make a decision out of the four burgers I was wavering between. The Hickory BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger ($14.75) basted with a special Hickory Bar-B-Que sauce and smothered with caramelized onions, topped with crisp seasoned bacon and melted cheddar cheese. Another of my dining companions ordered the Classic 6 oz. Burger ($10.50), described as “The same great Hard Rock Legendary experience, just in a smaller size.” The burger patty is Certified Angus Beef, lightly seasoned and cooked to order with the option of adding American, Jack, Cheddar, Provolone or Swiss cheese. My third dining companion opted for something lighter and ordered the Honey-Mustard Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($12), a grilled boneless chicken breast served on a butter-toasted bun with honey mustard, bacon, lettuce, tomato and Jack cheese and served with seasoned fries and fresh coleslaw.
What I loved: I most loved the fries on this venture out! The caramelized onions were tasty and juicy. The bacon perfectly crisp and the cheddar cheese sharp. It was a great combination, a lot of food and just what I remembered.
Why I loved it: The server was very friendly, with a voice like Rachel Ray. The portions of food large enough to share, had a lot of flavor and little fuss.
Cost: Average to high ($10-$15 for a lunch burger with fries)

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