The Manhattan Beach Adventureplex is the must-go rainy day place for kids. I'm sort of new to the modern-day indoor playground structures, and was blown away by the three-dimensional caged labyrinth they have. Sort of like a giant hamster cage for kids. Our 5 and 3 year old kids can't get enough of it, and I've been known to slip off the shoes and climb up into the structure myself to take a run down the giant slide and rope-on-pully contraption. It's a great place to let the kids run around for a while while the parents all sit below reading papers or drinking coffee.
There are also a log of other activities for older kids and adults including a nice looking outdoor climbing wall, a ropes course and a gym. The only downside is that it's a little pricey, but certainly worth it if you're going to be there an hour or more. $10 per head; $5 for kids under 3.
PROS: Indoor activity for the kids; great for kid birthday parties
CONS: A little pricey
Growing up, we used to grab Ivar's Fish and Chips on our way home to the Bainbridge Ferry. It was usually a nice consolation after having suffered another bad Mariners loss.
Looking back 20 years later, those experiences are part of what define Seattle for me. Great fish and chips outdoors on the pier with the squawking seagulls fighting for scraps. Now, it's become a favorite for my family on our trips back to Seattle. You can't go wrong with your order -- the fish and chowder are favorites of mine. If you're a tourist to Seattle, I think this is a must-stop for you. In fact, I'd even put it ahead of the Space Needle or a ferry ride. It's that good.
PROS: Great fish outdoors on the Seattle Waterfront
As a newcomer to SOMA, I'd walked by Jack Falstaff's several times before finally venturing in. What I found inside was a suprise. In contrast to the nearby restaurants that tend toward the loud and boisterous during baseball season, Jack Falstaffs is calm, cool and relaxing. I've tried several of the dishes but strongly favor the Niman Ranch Beef entree. The wine list is excellent and surprisingly affordable. They also have a small bar which is a comfortable, social place to grab a quick bite.
PROS: Great food and wine list
This is a great grocery store with reasonable prices. I'm a frequent visitor to the prepared food section and couldn't be happier with the selection, freshness or quality. Try the fresh salads. Easy parking in the attached lot. Friendly staff.
PROS: Fresh food at a reasonable price
The other review for Avi was enough for me to give him a try. My wife and I used him for a night out last weekend and he was excellent. He was pleasant over the phone, on time at both locations, friendly to talk to and had a nice, clean Lincoln Town Car. Will definitely use again.
PROS: Friendly, on time
I've always had good experiences here. I haven't sampled all the beer, but those I have tried are quite good. The bar is a great place to order dinner. The bartenders are friendly, the wood fired pizzas are great, the service at the bar is quick, and there's ususally a Giants game on the television. Even on non-game weeknights, the place seems to stay crowded.
My first impression was great. The restaurant is tucked away in a beautiful waterfront location in Redwood shores and has a great buzz of activity in the nicely furnished dining area and bar. The menu was interersting, not extraodinary, and the hostess made room for us in a raised table along the window that gave us a great view of the restaurant and outdoors.
The experience began to slide from there. The first problem was that my drink order took a good 10 minutes to deliver. Then our dinner order must have taken at least 30, if not 45 minutes, to arrive. When my meal was finally served, it looked like it had been baked from the top by powerful heat lamps.
My pasta dish was flavorful, but the chicken was overcooked to the point of being rubbery. Some other dishes around the table looked quite good.
I will return because the location, decor and ambiance are great. But one more bad food or service experience may keep me away forever.
PROS: Location, decor, ambiance
CONS: Very slow service
Zuppa is not your standard office park restaurant. Sure, it's stuck on the ground floor next to the management office in the enormous Bayshore office complex. But it has so much to offer.
First and most important, it has Kathy.
Kathy is the friendly Zuppa proprietor who lights up each time someone walks in to the deli and greets them by name. There must be hundreds of people that walk through the Zuppa doors each day, and Kathly knows each an every one. She makes a trip to Zuppa an uplifting experience.
Zuppa also has very good food. I stop by most mornings to get a fresh bagel and very good coffee. At lunch, I've sampled several of the sandwiches, including the Poor Boy and French Dip, but usually go for the daily special. All have been very good.
If you work in the Bayshore complex or are in the nearby Oracle complex, I recommend you stop by.
PROS: Friendly crew, good food
CONS: Could use some more table space
We've taken several pieces of furniture to the strip joint to be refinished including our dining room chairs and a coffee table. Each time, they've done excellent work. It's a busy place so you may find that you have to wait a few weeks to get a job done, but it's worth the wait.
PROS: High quality work
Meadowmeer is a decent 9 hole public course on Bainbridge. There are a couple of interesting holes (#3 is a nice par four over water) and well worth the reasonable greens fees. I wouldn't go out of my way to play there, but a nice place to get in a quick 9.
PROS: Reasonable greens fees
CONS: 9 holes