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March 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm #594339
Just returned from the trial friends & family run. Great food and atmosphere! Bar looks dark and divey too. (just like I like it)March 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm #691454March 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm #691455
Today was breakfast only. Well rounded from chorizo & egg burrito to corned beef hash and veggie items too. Website not up yet. Should open Friday.March 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm #691456
Corned beef hash was excellent as were the pancakes and the veggie omelette. Oh, and I had it on good authority that the galette was spectacular. I can’t wait for the grand opening! Way to go guys you have done well!March 29, 2010 at 12:52 am #691457
we had such a great time getting to serve our friends and family today! i feel honored to get to work there!March 29, 2010 at 1:39 am #691458
Loved it !. And the Benbow Room is like deja vu all over again :)Just wait and see.
Stuffed french toast..more layered than stuffed..with housemade sausage patties..yummmm. On the breakfast menu, the most expensive meal was 13.95…and that comes with a bloody mary or a mimosa (or the non-alcohocol equiv). Most prices around 8-9 bucks, some less, a couple more…and HUGE plates of food.
it’s gonna be goooooddd!!!!April 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm #691459
OK, does Heartland have a web site (the charlabobs will be there tonight and one of us likes to plan her meals at least 15 minutes ahead of time) — for example, we wouldn’t want anyone to be running out of chicken fried steak.) :-)April 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm #691460
JanSParticipantApril 8, 2010 at 1:32 am #691461
Being an old school West Seattle gal it brought a tear to my eye to visit the Heartland Cafe today. I can tell you if you want stuffy, uptight staff and fussy food then drive yourself somewhere else. If you want friendly staff, good home-cookin’, a charming bar and a place you can feel right at home then visit the Heartland Cafe.
We sat in the Benbow room and had cold beers from a nice little happy hour menu. A juicy lucy hamburger, grilled veggie burger, saluted onions, grilled bread and fluffy taters later we were one happy couple. The wait person got us a little cup of mayo for dipping, was very attentive and the best thing dear Matthew was there too tending bar.
We could hear each other talk and felt the warm, cozy West Seattle blanket of a new place to call our ‘usual’ being thrown over us.
Check it out if you like a comfy place, good food, great staff and enjoy not being around stuck-up posers. Welcome Home Heartland Cafe, we’ve missed you.April 8, 2010 at 1:54 am #691462
You all have me so excited! I hope their vegetarian items are just as yummy.April 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm #691463
Any of their burgers can be made with a veggie patty. Not sure what they do, but it’s moist not bone dry. Matthew noticed what I was eating and suggested the volcano next time. Taters, bean, mushroom gravy, onion straws.April 23, 2010 at 2:49 pm #691464
We ate dinner there last night, food was really good! And it was so great to see Matthew there, he was my absolute favorite part of the Skylark when he was there. We will be back for breakfast!!April 23, 2010 at 3:16 pm #691465
BTW, their menu is now up on the website – http://www.heartlandcafeseattle.com
I went again earlier this week and service had definitely improved from my first visit. The waitress even warned us that a very large group in the back was about ready to put in orders, so if we could hurry and get our orders in, they wouldn’t be held up by that. The meatloaf was very good (and I’m really picky on meatloaf) – the peppercorn gravy with it had such a nice, spicy taste. I probably won’t be going there too often as I’m not supposed to be eating red meat or dairy, and there’s not much on their menu that fits that – but that’s my issue, not theirs; it wouldn’t be midwest comfort food without meat and cheese. :)April 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm #691466
Looks great…but oh how i wish, wish, wish for a real chicago beef sandwich…….April 23, 2010 at 5:25 pm #691467
We went again last night — it’s become our “not too expensive” treat when we’re both too lazy to cook.
First time trying the latkes/potato pancakes. They are exceptional! They even have sour cream and apple sauce — authentic!)
This place is truly awesome. And the Captain Benbow room is special — Seafair clowns are visiting Saturday, according to a poster on the wall.
As long as they can serve midwest comfort food and avoid green jello, they’ll be on my a-list.April 23, 2010 at 5:40 pm #691468
charlabob – what have been your favorite items on the menu? Had the Juicy Lucy last week and I swear they forgot to put the cheese in the burger. I used to live within blocks of Matt’s Bar in South Minneapolis (the inventor of the Juicy Lucy) and the Heartland has some work to do. The molten cheese should gush out upon first bite. I didn’t speak up last time as they’re still most likely getting the kinks worked out, but definitely will next time.
Other than that, the chicken fried steak sandwich rocked and I loved the atmosphere. The Benbow room looked awesome as well! Definitely will be back.April 24, 2010 at 8:47 pm #691469
I won a free dinner on a NCAA bet from a friend and I decided to take it easy on his wallet so we went to Heartland Cafe. There were no tables upfront, so we ate at the bar, in one of the pirate ship tables. I had chicken fried steak, smashed potatoes and gravy. Heaven. Not overly salted and while it isn’t health food, it is very toothsome.
My buddy had the chicken fried chicken and cleaned his plate. Two excellent dinners with two sides, a $9 martini, a glass of red wine, and a beer for a total tab of $47 bux before tip. Cheerful service and positive attitudes and the restored Benbow pirate ship bar. As my nephew might say, Hella good.April 24, 2010 at 9:33 pm #691470
Villagegreen – I know it’s up for debate but didn’t the 5-8 Club invent the Juicy Lucy?April 24, 2010 at 10:47 pm #691471
Looks good, can’t wait to try it…but is it just me or does the breakfast look kinda pricey? Two eggs, hashbrowns and toast = $7.95? Oh well, guess rent must be high there. As much as I love breakfast out, this has got to be the most marked up meal!April 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm #691472
Favorites (so far): Chicken Fried Steak, sauerkraut (I don’t know what there is about it…perfectly spiced, etc.) AND Potato Pancakes (with sour cream and applesauce.) And, of course, the Wicked Wench — a matthew special drink — featuring pomegranite vodka :-)April 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm #691473
johnnyblegs – you are correct! Matt’s does the ‘Jucy Lucy’, not the ‘Juicy Lucy’. Guess I’m comparing the Heartland’s version to the wrong original. Anyway, my critique stands – put more cheese in it! It would sure taste good with some fries, too.
you a minneapolis native?April 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm #691474
I was excited to try breakfast here but they weren’t serving breakfast at 11:30AM. I don’t eat breakfast out before 11:30am. Most places serve breakfast all day or at least until 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Lunch looks too expensive for what it is. Oh well!April 26, 2010 at 7:06 pm #691475
newnative, is it today that you went for breakfast? Heartland is closed on Mondays, so if you went today, that would explain it.April 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm #691476
villagegreen said: you a minneapolis native?
Not me. Born and raised in Seattle. Never been there either. I’m just a Jucy Lucy lover. Hot cheese lava! Mmmmmmm. Can’t wait to try Heartland’s version.May 2, 2010 at 3:51 am #691477
Tried Heartland for the first time last night. Loved the Benbow room! We started there for a beer and then opted to not move into the dining room for dinner as it was such a fabulous setting. The food was solid, but not great. Well priced. I had the chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and sauerkrat. Wished it was hotter. Dining partners had the Volcano and the brat dish. My suggestions are for a relish plate starter, iceberg lettuce & blue cheese wedge, fried pickles, More pork!, walleye or catfish with hush puppies and more wine selections, it also would be great to offer small salads as side dish options. Service was very good. Oh! And the nuttiest part was about 9 o’clock the bar was boarded by pirates who were seriously entertaining. Did anyone else see them out last night?
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