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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Dan & I are performing tonight at the Triple Door for our friend Paula's (The Swedish Housewife) 50th birthday bash, and had to make a run to Champion Party Supply on Denny for some costumes. Afterwards, we used the Urbanspoon slot machine application on Dan's phone to pick a spot to eat lunch in the Queen Anne area - and it landed on the Hilltop Ale House.
The menu seemed very familiar, then we realized it's affiliated with the Columbia City Ale House - sharing a very similar vibe, menu and even floor plan with our neighborhood eatery.
I chose their cheeseburger with cheddar, and a side salad ($11 + $3 for the salad). I didn't read the menu closely enough, as I was surprised to find the burger comes served on a long French bread roll topped with a mix of sauteed red & green bell peppers and onions. It was like a hybrid of a Philly cheese steak and a cheeseburger. Unfortunately, it was also awkward and messy to eat, and the French bread was a little too much for me, throwing off the balance of the burger and making it heavier than need be. But it was still a juicy, tasty burger.
Dan was craving a Caesar salad, but went for the Mediterranean Steak Salad ($14) instead, and was glad he did. It was a mix of greens, garbanzo beans, olives, pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, and feta, topped with tender, marinated beef. He really enjoyed it and said it a perfect balance of light salad with heavier beef.