From my recollection, the Lynnwood Freddys is among the first to open in Greater Seattle, and it shows. It's housed in a chaotic strip mall area filled with lots of crazy drivers, and I am ever so grateful that I don't get into accident every time I shop there. The exterior building is rather drab, even uninviting, and it's interior is among the messiest, most cluttered I've seen at a Freddys. Still, its a one-stop shoppers paradise, and the clerks and service personnel are generally very kind and helpful.
Canyons has a remarkable character of its own, from its unique restaurant/lounge layout to its small array of exclusive, sumptuous meals. Always a delightful change from the ordinary, Canyons is located just right of the first stoplight north of the 405s only Bothell exit. Notably, the wait staff are always well groomed and courteous. One thing has changed over the years; that is, the lounge and restaurant are both non-smoking, which could be a positive or a negative depending your point of view.
Outback Steakhouse is always choice happy hour hangout. The atmosphere is regular ?just right?, as we regularly crave the mere gluttony of its dinner menu. I've never been crazy about its limited hours of operation and it's absurd entrance off of Bothell-Everett, but once I'm there, I find it very difficult to leave. The wait staff, generally attentive and courteous, serves our food and drink in a consistent, timely manner.
I personally prefer Grand Cinemas Alderwood, because they offer a tad more film variety than its nearby competitor. Sure, the building inside and out appears a bit dated, and as far as audio and seating quality is concerned, this elder venue quite frankly appears like it emerged from entertainment dark ages, the 1980's. Maybe it's just me, but this theater has a lot more personality than its rival. Besides, the parking here is better.
Whether you have a child, are a child, or occasionally like to behave like one, Toys R Us brings out the youngster in all of us. This playful little stop sits across the street from Alderwood Mall?s east entrance right next to Grand Cinemas Alderwood. At this Toys R Us, the adults typically shop more for themselves than for the little ones. Still, you're sure to find everything here from baby rattles and talking dolls to Legos and action figures to board games and sporting equipment. The parking isn?t too shabby, either.
Retaining an atmosphere similar to other Barnes & Noble bookstores, this B&N is right off the 5, eastbound off the Alderwood exit. Inside, there sits a Starbucks counter on the left, because nothing says, ?let?s buy a book or two or three? like a piping hot, 16-ounce latte. This locale, although not the best organized, is among the smaller of the B&N stores I?ve visited. Typically, one would find a media/entertainment/CD/DVD section, but such is not the case here. In dealing with returns, exchanges, and web-based transactions from (http://barnesandnoble.com/), the staff is typically ill prepared to handle such matters, and customers seemingly await an eternity for an authorizing manager to appear, as if magic is required to conjure up such a person. One prior gift return was a web purchase, and I found it ridiculous that the B&N chain and its website are two separate entities. This experience overall soured my opinion of Barnes & Noble.
Regularly, I stopped at this Northgate Starbucks location, as I used to live nearby. As it's right near the I-5 on-ramp, it was the perfect pre-commute stop. As far as quality and selection, it's your typical Starbucks. What baffles me the most is that Starbucks still doesn't offer incentive cards toward free coffee, despite being the loftiest priced Northwest coffee/espresso chain. With this particular locale, I observed that there were way too many employees for the service to be so slow, sluggish. For instance, the employees regularly spent more time speaking to one another instead of preparing my latte. Definitely a low efficiency establishment.
Larch Way essentially connects Alderwood/Lynnwood and Thrasher's Corner/Bothell, a pleasant commuting alternative to both the freeways and 164th, the Mill Creek-Lynnwood route. Halfway between Alderwood and Thrashers lies a conveniently placed 7 Eleven, offering among the areas lowest gas prices. Yet, behind this inexpensive, convenient facade, there is a matter of competency with the primary swing shift clerk. Twice, he short-changed me after over-prepaying my gasoline. Once is a simple human mistake, the second time leaves this person highly suspect. With this said, I would hope you do not have to experience the same, so please refrain from this location until further notice.
On a random night (a.k.a. "my birthday") my friends and I decided to kick up our proverbial heels to some Latin House music. Upon stepping into Madrid 522, I thought I'd died and gone to Mexico, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, or even Spain. The only people there who seemed to utilize the English language there were the blonde bartenders, as every patron in attendance insisted on speaking to me in Spanish. So there I stood dumbfounded by culture shock, searching for appropriate retorts in their mother language, which proved excruciating, leading to my retreat back to my gringo amigos. Still, we enjoyed our effective beverages and the jubilant dance grooves. The moral of the story is that if you speak Spanish, no problemo; youll feel right at home. If you dont speak the language or have trouble accepting the linguistic differences, I dont recommend this club.
Once upon a time, I was a loyal Rickshaw karaoke patron. My cohorts and I regularly enjoyed the atmosphere, the general vibe of the place. Yet over time our patience was tested to the fullest when it came to our karaoke experience. That is, the regular female DJ ?regularly? discriminated against much of our fellow singers, allowing her friends and favorites to perform more often than anyone else. Typically, my cohorts and I would find her drunk and combative, as we requested our songs; thus, we finally became so fed up that we took our business elsewhere. Although this locale is also an established drug dealing rendezvous point, I will still give the Rickshaw two stars simply because of its positive, friendly clientele and always-amicable bartending staff. PS. The food is terrible, too. The end.