Monsoon on 19th just began offering free lunch delivery on noodles and salads, in case you can’t make it down for their weekday lunch from 11 am to 3 pm. We spoke to Eric Banh, who confirmed that Baguette Box’s lunch delivery service has been working out well, and that he drew encouragement from that experience (and that of Monsoon East) to expand delivery service beyond sandwiches. Grilled Chicken, Flat-iron Steak, Kurobuta Pork Belly, Gulf Prawns and Drunken Chicken are a few of the items available on the delivery menu. And, Monsoon’s justly famous banana cake is free with each order.
Auto Battery, a cafe/sports bar opens up next to CHS Sponsor Po Dog. Open early for coffee and pastries, late for drinks and shuffle puck.
Bethany Clement of The Stranger reviews Big Mario’s Pizza: “Big Mario’s crust is thin but not floppy, except at the very tip; the bottom is toasty-colored, and a slice may have a blackened blister or two. The sauce is proper: almost salty, almost sweet, and sparingly applied. Toppings are not oversown; the pie with thin, tender slices of potato and dots of pesto is especially good. The prices—$2.75 to $3.75 a slice—are steep for Seattle, but the slices are huge.” But Nancy Leson of the Seattle Times says yuck: “Capitol Hill nosh crawl today. Finally got my hands on a slice of Big Mario’s pizza. ‘NY-style?’ Yeah, like mozz/tomato sauce on matzoh.”
Speaking of Big Mario’s, the Seattle Times published a must-read profile of Dave Meinert, the political heavyweight, CHBP backer and co-owner of Big Mario’s
Kingfish Cafe’s Mint Julep may not be as true to the original as the Zig Zag’s but has its own charm says A.J. Tigner of the Seattle Weekly