Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Readers Recommend New Restaurant Across From the UVillage

We don't usually do too many posts about businesses outside of Laurelhurst. However, we've had several emails from readers asking us to let the neighborhood know about a new restaurant that opened up in December, that they recommend.

50 North (5001 25th Avenue NE), across from the University Village, serves breakfast. lunch and dinner and features "fresh, local upscale American cuisine" Kelly, Marketing Manager, from the restaurant told us.  Items are reasonably priced on the menu. It is in the space where Fondi Pizzeria used to be.

It is a casual restaurant, catering to families with a variety of kid friendly food options and by handing kids a large placemat with a ferry to color along with a box of crayons. The restaurant also attracts couples, students and others in nearby communities. Booths and tables are spacious and the menu has a large variety of options for everyone including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, along with a full bar.

Tomorrow, 50 North is supporting disaster relief efforts in Japan, by donating 10% of total sales, from breakfast, lunch and dinner, to relief efforts in Japan. This is part of the one day only event in Seattle, called Red, White, Unite, in which participating restaurants donations will provide aid to Japan through a partnershop with Peace Winds America. Other restaurants in the area participating in Red White Unite are Pagliacci, Great Harvest Bread, and Pair. You can find a complete list or restaurants here.

50 North is owned by Melinda Sontgerath, who also owns the popular Hardware Store restaurant on Vashon Island, which draws many Seattleites to the Island restaurant on a regular basis Kelly told us.

Melinda chose the UVillage area to open a second restaurant because of the people she told us. "This area is a hub for so many Seattle students, professionals, and families. I think they will find this location to be a convenient and comfortable. place.”

One of our readers sent us email saying "The food is excellent and the ambience is warm and inviting. The readers of the blog might be particularly interested to know that 50 North recently started serving breakfast in addition to lunch and dinner. There are not that many places that serve breakfast in the area so its nice to know that we now have another place to go."

Another reader, who is a regular, recommends the spicy chicken sandwich, the Sustainably Caught Salmon, 50 North Burger, and said not to miss the chocolate lava cake with whipped cream.

Kelly, told us that she has met many Laurelhurst residents at the restaurant, "Just the other day one of our guests told us to look up your blog. They said that they read it all the time and even brought it up on their iPhone to show us! Guests who are readers of yours suggested mentioning the restaurant because Laurelhurst residents would be interested in trying it."

Breakfast is served 8- 2pm, lunch from 11:30- 4:00pm and dinner from 5 - 9pm (10pm Fri/Sat) and Happy Hour from 4-6pm. Breakfast comes with a complimentary house made mini old fashioned doughnut weekdays until 11am. There is a free underground parking garage as well as street parking.

50 North, along with 150 other participating restaurants, will be offering a 3 course dinner for $28 and 3 course lunch for $15 (excluding Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch) as part of Seattle Restaurant Week from April 10th through the 21st.  The restaurant is also serving Easter brunch on April 24th.

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