Did you read our White Center Field Trip: AM Itinerary last week? We started at Meander’s Kitchen for breakfast and ended at the Salvadorean Bakery for lunch. In between we browsed along 16th Avenue SW, shopped for specialty meats and Asian groceries and indulged in a mid-morning taco truck snack. By noon we couldn’t eat another bite, but there were still so many restaurants to try out! We needed to come back to finish our food tour.
So on Thursday night we headed back to White Center for beer, cocktails, pizza, barbecue, and ice-cream. And guess what? The guys decided to join us. Go figure.
Date night in White Center? You bet. Here’s how you do it:
Start at Uncle Mike’s Barbecue on 16th Avenue SW. Here you will find REAL barbecue made with love – chef Mike smokes his brisket, ribs, and pulled pork out back, and the kitchen serves up a full menu of southern favorites like fried chicken, greens, hot links, mac-n-cheese, sweet potato pie and so much more. Order some party wings, brisket sandwiches or ribs to go and then head over to Big Al Brewing (located just a few blocks away on 14th Avenue SW).
Big Al’s tasting room is a cozy little space inside an industrial building. Here you can order a growler or a keg to go, or stay for a pint of their hand-crafted brew. Drink at the bar or head upstairs to their “lounge”. Sit down and enjoy your beer and your barbecue… because at Big Al’s, you are welcome to bring in your own food.
After you’ve downed a Big Hoppa IPA, a Brougham Bitter or a Smokey Porter (bacon, anyone?) walk a few blocks to White Center’s coolest restaurant & bar, Company, for a cocktail and a few appetizers.
At Company you won’t find a fancy drink menu, but you will find a well-stocked bar, a talented bartender who can make anything you want on request, and an interesting menu with some seriously tasty food (you’ve got to try the house-made chickpea fries with tzatziki sauce!). Our cocktails, roasted nuts and fries were DELISH!
You could easily spend more time at Company (come on, they’re playing The Pixies!), but there is still more food to eat. Head just a few doors down the street to White Center’s place for pizza – Proletariat.
This family-friendly restaurant serves hand-tossed, thin crust, 18″ pizzas with awesome toppings. Feeling adventurous? Try the Ham and Egg, the Potato or the Anchovy. Or create your own combo… we ordered a two meat and added Mama Lil’s Peppers. Spicy and wonderful with a perfect thin crust and just the right amounts of sauce and cheese. Well, done, Proletariat! Their salads are tasty, too – especially the Caesar. It’s got a wonderful, light and lemony dressing. Mmmmmm.
Now, it’s time to end your White Center date night on a really sweet note. Head across the street to Full Tilt Ice Cream & Pinball for a scoop of their legendary ice cream. With plenty of tempting flavors to choose from, you’ll have a tough decision to make. But let me just say two words: Salted Caramel.
DO NOT miss out on Full Tilt’s most popular flavor. (They do sell out on busy days, so you just might need to come back!) If you’re feeling full, order the kid’s cone. It is still a generous scoop.
If you are still thirsty, you can order another beer (yes, an ice cream shop with beer on tap!) and before you leave, challenge your date to an old-school game of Skee Ball or one of the arcade games in the back. Then head home – your White Center date night complete!
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