Sunday, February 25, 2007

Stellar Pizza

It's strange, Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood only made it on to my radar a week ago, and now I'm there constantly. Yesterday's visit to Stellar Pizza will only serve to perpetuate this trend. Because that was some damn fine pizza.

We got the Courky's Veggie. Which is all Ricotta cheesy and spinachy. And when they say roasted garlic they mean whole cloves, and a lot of them. Yum.

Sadly the dim lighting made the pictures of the food look pretty awful. Oh well, sounds a good excuse to go try again.

The decor is pretty random. From a collection of giant decorative cutlery to this old whirlpool sign. It feels pretty honest though; not calculated like a tgifridays or something. Hooray.

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Cafe Moose

Unfortunately I've never gotten far enough in to Mexico to experience the real, authentic food. When I do, I expect it to be like Cafe Moose. Flavors this different have to come from somewhere, and that somewhere must be Mexico.

I'm ashamed; I'm wasn't prepared and I didn't have my camera so I've no tantalizing pictures. Prose will have to suffice. Here's the setting. Outside it's a dinky little place on the last industrial bit of Leary Way before it hits 'downtown' Ballard. The gaudy awning manages to make it look like a strip mall despite its being nestled between a couple of auto repair shops. Inside is homey, with a simple lunch counter by the kitchen, and a dining room with butchers paper on the tables.

My masa cakes were so different than anything I'd ever experienced that it took me a couple bites to get in to them. But when I did, oh man, did I ever get in to them. They were tangy in a fermented sort of way, and just sweet enough. Mine happened to be covered in black beans and eggs over medium, and encompassed in the best green salsa I've had.

It was refreshing, as one of my companions noted, to have Mexican food that wasn't smothered in cheese. I wholeheartedly agreed. What was present was cojita cheese, rather than jack, and the amount was perfect. The tortilla chips, and the tortillas themselves where homemade, fresh and fantastic.

My other companion let me try a bite of his cactus dish. It was, as the helpful waitress told us, somewhat like green bell pepper. It was also incredibly buttery and smooth. We tend to follow the no-two-people-order-the-same-thing rule. I'm ordering first next time, because I'm getting this dish.

Not only did my meal make me want to go back, it made me want to go to Mexico. Not bad for eleven dollars (including tax, tip and chips).

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yet another food blog

com·mon adj. Widespread; prevalent.
es'cu·lent n. Suitable for eating; edible.

I had a neighbor once. Nice as anybody; dumb as a sack of doorknobs. He had wisdom though. One day, as I passed him on my way out he said to me "Food tastes good, don't it?" As strange thing to say, but true. He went on to mention french fries and coca-cola as proofs of his theory. And you know what? That's true too.

I like food. To the point where I eat some every day. But I haven't made my internet millions yet; the restaurants I visit typically have just one dollar sign by their name. If you see two it means it was somebody's birthday. Luckily, Seattle has a lot of goodness in a single $. So go grab a tenner; we'll get something great.