Lakeside snacking for very little cash

When I was growing up there was a show on TV that was called “Evening Magazine” (Some areas called it PM Magazine) Your local station could order a few community bits that didn’t really identify the community in question and then add in one or two actual local stories.

The one local bit I remember was the “Phantom Diner.” He’d go into restaurants and do the full top to bottom shake-down. Nobody knew he was (Except his editor, I guess) and as a result, no one could prepare for him. I always thought the idea of mystery shopping and the ilk would be… well, kinda keen.

Now, I’m of two minds when it comes to reviewing food. Personally, I could stand to loose a pound or two.. or…well maybe 10. But that having been said; I’d like to point out one place that you really need to try.

Hidden under the bridge and around the corner off Lake Union is a restaurant called Ivar’s Salmon House. Now, the real secret to Ivar’s is not merely it’s tricky to find location, but it’s amazing Happy Hour menu. With everything from Salmon Skewers to Salmon Tacos, this lakeside experience is worth every penny.

Those pennies are even more worthy when you learn that just about everything on the Happy Hour menu is only $2.95. We fed three people thoroughly on about $21 dollars. The menu will definitely please, the lakeside dining is zen-like and… well the decor… A touch of Native American with a surprise in the bar that will teach you once and for all that Walruses are not the best endowed of the mammals. (Remnants of whale form the corner “posts”)

Check them out at

Happy dining.

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