Broadway Grill

Written by on January 29, 2011 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publication) – Capital Hill

How I heard of this place: I have walked by the Broadway Grill numerous times over the years, as it changed ownership and name, but had not had the opportunity to sample it until my dining companion and I walked by. After being thoroughly entertained at the Saffron Circus in Rainier Valley, a group of nine of us needed a late-night snack and sweet treat, along with the company of good friends.

Type of cuisine: Northwest, American, simple and tasty.

Ambiance: Open, spacious seating outdoors and in the space directly indoors. The indoor seating along the front gives the diner the opportunity to feel like one is enjoying a meal outside when the garage-door windows are open to the fresh air. The back of the restaurant also hosts two large seating areas for bigger parties and more privacy from passerby, as well as the bar. The room in which we were seated was decorated with winter, holiday lights, a tree growing in the middle of the establishment, round, red and white paper lanterns in various sizes hanging from the ceiling and candles interspersed throughout. Separating our dining area from the bar were silver-beaded curtains. The sleek feel in a cozy, hipster environment added to the evening out.

What I ordered: One of my dining companions and I shared the lobster macaroni ($15.50), with smoked gouda and a rosemary ciabatti roll. The dining companion seated to my right ordered nachos ($7.25) to start,  with an abundance of melted jack and cheddar cheeses, black olives, spicy black beans, sour cream, tomatoes and spring onions, served with sour cream salsa and salsa fresca. He also ordered the 314 Burger, cooked to medium and served on a ciabatta roll with fresh sauteed mushrooms, balsamic roasted onions, pepper bacon and your choice of cheese, served with cajun style wedge-cut potatoes, french fries. Another of our companions also ordered the burger. We had one order for a mixed green salad ($7.25), with wild greens and local lettuces tossed with candied pecans, cojita cheese, seasonal fruit and balsamic vinaigrette, grilled, sliced chicken breast (additional $1.50) , served in an asymmetrical bowl. A pot of tea was ordered at the opposite end of our table, as were (possibly) a couple of other dishes, which I did not see, nor did I sample. For the second time, I enjoyed the cast iron skillet chocolate chip cookie sundae ($6), as did two others at our table. A hot, thick, doughy dark chocolate chip cookie, about five inches in diameter was baked to gooey perfection and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Also available, and new to the menu since I was here in August, is a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie.

What I loved: The smoked gouda in the creamy lobster macaroni was delicious and full of hearty, comfort. The nachos flavorful and the plentiful cheese perfection in each bite. The unanimous winner, and the entire reason for selecting the Broadway Grill, was the piping hot, ooey, gooey, cookie doughy delicacy.

Why I loved it: The space was perfect for a late evening meal, dessert and beverages with friends, the table set quickly, and the service friendly. Despite being in the middle of all activity in Capital Hill, our large party was seated almost immediately, in a private balcony-like setting. The portions of food, while smaller than many establishments, offered satisfaction with no leftovers. And the cookie, well, that deserves a return trip! And another. And another.

Cost: Average ($10-$15 per dinner entree)

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