After a somewhat unsuccessful Stand Up Paddleboarding adventure, I was feeling a little bummed, so Jennifer suggested we go get something to eat. I thought I would take her to Delancy since I went solo last, but the hour long wait sort of squashed that idea. So instead, we headed down to Ballard to check on the K.I.S.S. Cafe. I had read about it in the food guide of Seattle Magazine, and thought it would be the perfect thing for a nice simple, relaxing dinner.
K.I.S.S. Cafe is a nice simple, relaxed place near the Ballard Locks. It had a few high tables, a couple of plasma TVs, and a lot of coolers filled with different types of beer. When I walked in I thought it was exactly the type of place that I could work from if Jennifer is out of town. We settled into one of the high tables and took a look at the menu. It was pretty simple with some appetizers, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, and some breakfast items. We started out ordering a couple of drinks, and then decided on a caprese to share. For dinner, Jennifer opted for the tuna melt, and I ended up going for the Cuban. It was kind of an “I need to order, say something” panic move.
Our drinks came quickly, and after about 5 minutes, the caprese showed up. It was definitely different than any caprese that I’d had before. Normally a caprese is sliced tomatoes, topped with sliced thick mozzarella and basil, drizzled with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This caprese was sliced tomatoes (just a slicer/hot house tomato) and topped with mozzarella and pesto. There was a large pile of spinach on the side, and a balsamic vinaigrette. I would take a bit of the tomato/cheese/pesto, fork some spinach and dip into the vinaigrette and take a bite. It was good, but the flavors were a little bit more mild. The pesto muted the basil flavor, and the use of a vinaigrette took out some of the sharp acidic bite of the balsamic. It wasn’t my favorite caprese ever, but it was definitely good.
After finishing the salad, we talked and sipped our drinks for a few minutes before the sandwiches came out. It took a little longer than I had expected, but it seemed like there were some large to go orders in front of us. Plus, we were just relaxing and having a good time. When finally our sandwiches arrived, we got ready to dive in and realized that Jennifer didn’t get the tuna that she expected, but a club. When we pointed this out, they quickly got the right sandwich out. While they were fixing hers, I dove in (what, I was hungry?)
The sandwich was pretty good. The bread was toasted and had a nice crunch on the outside. Inside the sandwich was a nice ham and cheese, complemented with banana peppers and some yellow mustard. Everything melded together nicely; texturally I liked the crunch offered by the bread and peppers, and the flavors were nice and simple. The filling felt a little light as I would get to the end and it would be mustard covered bread. But, I made it quickly through the first half, and was on to the second half when Jennifer’s sandwich arrived.
Like I said, K.I.S.S. was a nice little spot to hang out, have a beer and a sandwich, watch a game, and do some work if need be. Again, I’m not sure what got me to order the Cuban sandwich, but I wasn’t completely disappointed. It wasn’t a Paseo sandwich (I know, not a traditional Cuban sandwich, but still…). But, I do think it was better than the sandwich that I had at Paladar Cubano. The mustard was less intense which was really the big thing. I’m definitely going to be making a trip back to K.I.S.S. Cafe, and will probably go for a cold sandwich next time.
Final Verdict – 3.5 Stars