I travel from Portland, OR, to Seattle fairly frequently by Amtrak (business class/Bistro car, quick and no trafficf jams to contend with on the Queen City's gridlocked highway system, but rarely go to the Queen Anne district.
But this time, we did and what a pleasant surprise (my hotel review is seperate). We had an idea about nearby eateries because if very useful info in our hotel room and decided to try T.H. McHugh's Irish Restaurant (Guiness on tap). It was nifty. About as Irish as can be outside of Galway, with a motto that says, "What butter or whicky will not cure, there's no cure for." The menu has a variety of sandwiches, pot pies, pub fare, burgers, fish (my rule is never have any seafood unless there is a big body of water within a 10-minute drive), the usual soups.
The help was friendly and but the waitress seemed a bit distracted, but we were in no hurry. The food was hearty and well prepared (there were several of us and we all were happy with our choices). It has no outside seating, but for summer dining outdoors there are scads of places near by (see below).
I am puzzled by some of the other reviewers. If, as one said, "the food was standard pub fare (with no definition of the term), why did he go back twice with all the other dining offerings in the area? And what's the definition of "worst pub grub?" When I used to review restaurants for a major metro newspaper, I always described my criticisms precisely. Anyway, we were all happy with what we ordered.
BELOW...an unexpected bonus...McHugh's is but one of an enticing lineup of restaurants in the area, mostly on Queen Anne Ave. N. They include Toulouis Petit (Southern), Roti Cuisine of India, Peso's Kitchen & Lounge (American). Sam's Sushi, Paghacci Pizza. Blue Water Taco Grill and Phuket (Asian), plus a bunch more I likely didn't notice.
Because of our business, we had no opportunity for more through exploration, so no shopping report. But the area seems very promising.
Anyway, I'd go back.
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