Restaurants we miss

Restaurants we miss


Before Seattle got all 'foodie'. this town had some iconic restaurants that were more...easygoing. Here are a few Seattle restaurants we miss:

The Dog House was such a local icon, its signs hang in The Museum of History and Industry. It opened during the depression, according to Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of MOHAI:

"Of course over time it became the legendary greasy spoon in Seattle, and everyone found themselves in The Dog House at one time or another. Usually late at night," he said.

Now the menu is a historic document requiring white gloves, and you can't get a 'Pooch Burger' anymore. The Dog House closed its doors for good in 1994. The Hurricane Cafe occupies the building today.

The Twin TPs Restaurant was so cool, the menu looked like the building, and a fast food legend got his start here.

"Interestingly, the early owner of the Twin TPs brought in Colonel Harlan Sanders to do some cooking. You know him from Kentucky Fried Chicken." Garfield said.

The Twin TPs restaurant was demolished in 2001. Today apartments cover the spot on Aurora Avenue near Greenlake where the iconic restaurant once stood.

The original Red Robin is the third restaurant we miss. According to Garfield, "It was basically a hamburger joint, that went national, and became one of the biggest restaurant chains to come out of Seattle."

A shuttered building south of the U-District was the very first Red Robin. It opened in 1969 and served its last Banzai Burger in 2010.

Finally, a salute to a restaurant icon that remains -- Ivar's. It's temporarily closed due to Seattle's waterfront construction, but this place that began as an aquarium and fish and chips bar in 1938 still keeps clam today. Ivar Haglund didn't just give us a legacy restaurant -- he gave us a surefire test for figuring out who's local. Pronounce it 'Ivers', not 'Ive-Ares', and you'll pass for someone who's been around long enough to be one of Seattle's original -- lowbrow -- foodies.



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