- Kelly O
For when you just need to get away from it all, The Stranger has compiled some recommended ice cream places, restaurants, and bars in a (roughly) two-block radius of the Capitol Hill Block Party. Need more guidance? Check out this terribly explicit Block Party escape manual (complete with sex, drugs, and a quest for God!).
MOLLY MOON’S: some of Seattle’s best-loved ice cream, with flavors like honey lavender and salted caramel · YOGURTLAND: pay-by-weight frozen yogurt · BLUEBIRD ICE CREAM AND TEA ROOM: tasty homemade ice cream and small but satisfying sandwiches · OLD SCHOOL FROZEN CUSTARD: like ice cream, but super-rich
RANCHO BRAVO TACOS: super-cheap taqueria in a former KFC space, now with outdoor seating · MARINATION STATION: delicious and cheap Hawaiian/Polynesian barbecue with outdoor seating and beer · CHUNGEE'S: a little further away, but way-better-than-most Americanized Chinese, with two outdoor seating areas and a full bar · OTHER COAST CAFE: good (and big) sandwiches, tallboys of Rainier · PETTIROSSO: a nice little cafe · GENKI SUSHI: cheap conveyor-belt sushi, Japanese beer on draft · PO DOG: upscale hot-doggery with every type of condiment imaginable; also veggie dogs and beer and an outdoor deck · BOOM NOODLE: pricier, but good, ramen, etc. in a sleek space with a full bar · ELTANA WOOD-FIRED BAGEL CAFE: really good wood-fired bagels but also soups, salads, entrees, and desserts from the Levant; wine and beer · TACOS GUAYMAS: cheap, good Americanized Mexican food with plenty of tripe with beer · BROADWAY CAFE: hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese with reportedly great pho · CURE: lots of beautiful cured meats and not-too-pricey wines (cocktails, too) looking out on Cal Anderson Park · GRIM’S: not-too-pricey sandwiches and snacks · ELLIOT BAY CAFE: dee-licious sandwiches and salads in the (gorg) Elliot Bay Book Co. · CAFE PRESSE: Frenchy goodness incarnate, the epitome of an omelet, and the reason they’re called French fries, with a full bar · BA BAR: Vietnamese street food, noodles, and cocktails—open until 4 a.m.!
PONY: the most fun gay bar in town (the nation? The world?) · ELYSIAN BREWING CO.: hand-crafted beer; good for groups · CUFF COMPLEX: ginormous dance club with four leather-heavy bars · BILL'S OFF BROADWAY: a Capitol Hill classic with a full bar, potted plants, outdoor seating, and pizza, too · BARCA: semi-swanky Hill favorite with a scene-y scene at night · PURR: sanitary, comfortable, good nachos · ROSEBUD: uncheesy jazz, patio seating, and strong drinks