With the Deck on Food in-laws in town, we had decided that we would have a wonderful birthday dinner for Jack of venison roast. But, unfortunately the day got away from us and so we decided that we would go out to celebrate somewhere near by. We started looking through menus, trying to figure out different options, looking for something simple, filling, and American, but with a laid back, not-too-noisy vibe. Our first choice ended up being Stumbling Goat Bistro, until we found out it was closed on Mondays. Then we decided to head to Yanni’s Greek restaurant until we were foiled again by a Monday closure. Finally, we headed up to Bick’s Broadview Grill.
Bick’s is a place that none of us had heard of before, or even driven past, but it was close, and the Urbanspoon reviews were very positive, so we decided to give it a shot. It’s located on Greenwood Ave. at 105th or as we described it “where Greenwood gets nice again” as it gets closer to the Seattle Country Club. It looks to be a fairly new building, and has a little bit of a ranch-style house look to it. Walking in, there was definitely an ambient buzz, but nothing that was too overwhelming. There is a bar to the left and tables and booths filling in the rest of the place. Running along one of the crossbeams was a variety of hot sauces, probably close to 100, as well as a sign above the bar that read “Eat the Heat”. If we hadn’t looked at the menu before stopping by, it definitely came across as a place that served burgers, wings, and other traditional bar fare.
We took a table along the window, and took a look at the one page menu (which was different than the pictures of the menu on Urbanspoon). There were also 4 specials written on the board as we walked in. It didn’t take long to make a decision, partly owing to the size of the menu, and partly because we were all hungry as we were on restaurant number 3. Jack went for the lamb chops, Molly the Halibut cheeks. Jennifer ended up going for a steak and salad, and I decided on taquitos and a burger.
The taquitos came out first, fairly quickly, and they weren’t quite what I was expecting. When I think taquitos, I usually think tightly wrapped and fried, almost a “Mexican eggroll” for lack of a better description. These were more like mini tacos made with fresh tortillas. The meat was a pulled pork with a jalepeno creme fraiche and a little bit of cilantro. A small amount of fresh tomato salsa was on the side. And the flavors were excellent! The pork was very moist and seasoned very well while the jalepeno creme fraiche added a small amount of spice and creaminess. Adding in some of the salsa brought in that extra level of freshness and acidity. They were an excellent little appetizer.
Next came the burger. Given all the options, I debated for a bit (nearly went with the smoked duck quesadillas), but decided that if I’m going to have a great burger in Seattle, I better start trying them at as many places as I can. The burger was topped with pepperjack cheese, roasted red peppers, avocado and onion. As I traditionally do with my burgers, I cut it in half to see how it was cooked and make it easier to eat. The meat was a perfect medium, and when you squeezed it, juices dripped out into the bun. It was a very good hamburger. The lettuce and peppers added a very nice freshness and almost a little sweetness, while the pepperjack added a nice little hint of spice. There was a bit of a crunch from the bun itself and a nice creaminess from the avodaco to create a very texturally nice bite! And the burger was put together in a way where the toppings definitely didn’t overpower the meat, but complimented it, allowing the burger to be tasted in every bite. The only down side was that the burger was a little bit underseasoned and relied a little too heavily on the toppings to provide the flavor. And the fries were not anything super special.
Overall though, everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals. The ambiance was very nice, the food was very good (and reasonably priced), and we all had a good time. It definitely had a nice neighborhood tavern feel to it, and the menu did have many familiar “bar” items, but taken up a notch. It definitely fits with the Contemporary American style that I’m really high on right now. It is definitely a place worth checking out if you find yourself in the Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood.