Welcome Our Latest Advertiser: Sidestreet Kitchen And Bar!
Attention B-Town Blog readers â€“ it is with great pleasure that we introduce our latest Advertiser: Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar! Blog Reader…Sidestreet Kitchenâ€¦Sidestreet Kitchen…Blog Reader.
There…consider yourselves formally introduced.
Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar, a.k.a Burienâ€™s â€œBest Kept Secret,â€ is located at 717 SW 148th Street, in the heart of Burien. Dan Davis is the chef/owner of Sidestreet and I had the pleasure of talking with him about his restaurant recently.
Dan grew up in Burien, on our very own Three Tree Point. He went to culinary school in New Jersey. After various chef and catering positions, including Danielâ€™s Broiler and Ruth’s Chris downtown, he became the executive sous-chef at the top of the Columbia Tower in Seattle. It is here that Dan earned the honor of cooking dinner for President Bill Clinton. He kept the meal â€œlocalâ€ by serving the President a chanterelle-stuffed Filet Mignon with a Rainier Cherry demi-glace and a Walla Walla onion crust. Dan was also selected to cook for many other diplomats during his time at the Columbia Tower.
The planning for Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar took over two years when Dan decided to â€œreturn to his rootsâ€ and start his business in Burien, a place heâ€™s always called home throughout his many travels. Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar opened for business on December 26th, 2008 in the midst of the infamous Seattle winter storm!
Just recently, Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar had the honor of having The Blue Angels pay a visit! Turns out, Dan is good friends with another local celebrity by the name of Dave Eady, Harley Davidson uber-aficionado and owner of the Harley Davidson Memorabilia Museum ( HYPERLINK “http://www.dave-eady.org” http://www.dave-eady.org). Each year, Mr. Eady takes the Blue Angels on a few of his Harleys around town. This year he brought them by the restaurant on their Burien tour, where they sampled some of the fare and signed some pictures.
â€œTo look out into our restaurant and see a great friend like Dave, the Blue Angels, our customers, and my parents (who sped up to the restaurant after they heard the Blue Angels were here) all rubbing elbows together, was a pretty special moment for me,â€ Dan recalled.
Dan likes to delve into various menu genres, picking favorites from his various influences that heâ€™s picked up over the years. Mediterranean, Asian, Cajun, Fusion, and general upscale pub specialties are a few genres youâ€™ll see on the menu. Most of the produce on the menu is local; purchased from either Burienâ€™s own Farmerâ€™s Market, Duaneâ€™s Garden Patch in Boulevard Park, or picked from Danâ€™s family garden. Even the fresh flowers on the tables are picked from this garden. Dan takes great pride in keeping things local; and itâ€™s evident in the presentationâ€¦presentation of the restaurant and presentation on the menu.
A few of my personal favorites from Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar include:
- Hummus/Grilled Flat Bread
- Pulled Pork Sandwich with green apple slaw/hand-cut herb fries (YUM!)
- Cucumber-Tomato Salad â€“ baby spinach/peppers/feta cheese/mint/basil/red wine vinaigrette
- Grilled Italian Flatbread â€“ Your choice of:
- White bean puree/shaved parmesan/arugula/bacon, or
- Tomatoes/basil/extra virgin olive oil/fresh mozzarella
- Pepper-Seared Rare Ahi Tuna â€“ sesame-soy BBQ sause/wasabi mashed potatoes/chefâ€™s choice vegetables.
And, my all-time favorite: PRIME RIB on Friday nights! A wonderful cut of Prime Rib, served with a loaded baked potato and fresh vegetables.
Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar has the best Happy Hour in town, Tuesday-Saturday from 3pm to 6pm. Rainier Draft for $2, all micro brews for $4, all well drinks $1 off, wine specials, and a nice variety of Happy Hour food! All drinks are made from scratch, using only fresh ingredients. You wonâ€™t find any mixers here, only fresh fruits, herbs and juices!
My article wouldnâ€™t be complete with making special mention of Heather, one of the bartenders at Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar. Heather makes the most incredible concoctions, my favorite of which is her famous Mocha-tini. Enough saidâ€¦you have to try this one!
Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar has a wonderful atmosphere, and very friendly staff who will always welcome you with a hearty hello and earnest smile. Theyâ€™ll treat you like a regular, even on your first visitâ€¦and soon you WILL be a regular. The covered, outside patio, which is dog-friendly, by the way, is now open so you can enjoy your meal outdoors throughout the summer.
So, come on down to the Sidestreet Kitchen and Bar! Tell â€˜em that â€œthe blogâ€ sent you and be prepared for a great meal and a great time altogether. For more information, visit their website here.
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