Mad Girl Eats Paseo in Seattle


Paseo, 4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA.

I heard about Paseo on the Travel Channel. It featured the Caribbean roast sandwich that had people waiting in long lines in hopes of devouring it before they ran out. The place was also located in the cool and funky Fremont neighborhood and was sans sign. Who didn’t put a sign out front of their restaurant?! Ok, I knew I was in for kooky and I was intrigued.

So, lunch started early, they open at 11:00am. I was too far away from home to be turned away and come back to Florida without having tried this roast pork masterpiece. There was a line, but nothing too big. I ordered and breathed a sigh of relief they had a little oink for me.

I took a seat in the extremely tiny dining area. Soon it was delivered and looked amazing. A big beautiful crusty baguette loaded with marinated roasted pork, carmelized onions, aioli, fresh cilantro, and pickled jalapeno. Dang! That was freakin’ incredible-edible. The marinated pork was the deee-lish and truly perfected by the addition of the ‘extras’ loaded on. Certainly moan-worthy.

As I sat and ate, the crowd really started to swell. Happy I made it in when I did! They have opened a second location, 6226 Seaview Ave NW, in the Ballard neighborhood, so your luck just doubled. If you’re ever in Key West, they opened a Paseo there as well. Doin’ the bonus boogie on that!

I would have loved to have another sammie to-go, but the line was long and I had my turn. I should have ordered two! Anthony Bourdain and his show, The Layover on The Travel Channel, were at the Ballard resto a few months ago. He knows his stuff. So do I.

Either way, get yourself there. You can thank me…. and Anthony, later. 😉 On my Top 10 Best Sandwiches in the U.S.

Both Seattle locations closed on Sunday and Mondays. Free street parking.

5 out of 5 perfectly marinated Caribbean kisses. Muahz!

Mad Girl Eats Key West

Day Eats: Paseo, 1000 Eaton St., Key West, FL

I ate at the original Paseo in Seattle and was thrilled to find the new Key West version with a broad menu. Hopes of reliving the experience of eating one of my top 5 sammies in the U.S., the Cuban roasted pork sandwich, so close to home turned to reality and it was on!wpid-20121201_123025-1-1.jpg To my joy, they added some other tasty bits. Fire roasted, herb and parmesan topped, corn on the cob….hella yummy. The Fish in Red Sauce is a new favorite…piled on a bed of rice with a bowl of seasoned black beans and a side salad of greens and beets. What a feast…and freaking incredible!wpid-20121201_123011-1.jpg

No seating indoors and only 3 tables and a long bench outdoors. Tip: There is a parking ramp just west of Paseo. Easy breezy parking! Definitely worth the stop.

4.5 perfect mouthfuls out of 5.


Night Eats: Martin’s, 917 Duval Street, Key West, FL

Beautifully chic Martin’s, was a pleasant surprise on Duval Street.  wpid-20121201_210754.jpgThe atmosphere is a South Beach/Manhattan mix. The menu, eclectic and extraordinary. For starters, the Sea Scallop Florentine app was delectable. A generous amount of scallops sautéed in bacon and spinach then finished with gouda.   I could have eaten this alllll night with my Pinot Grigio. Note to self: Upon my return to Key West, stop by Martin’s and order the sea scallop starter x 3.

My maincourse was the Duck Breast “Schwarzwald”.wpid-20121201_214402.jpg A-maz-ing moist duck on burgundy sauce, served with red cabbage, rosemary potatoes, and a roasted pear half with Lingonberry marmalade. A triumphant plate.

My sweet ending was their Creme brulee, (one of my faves) was on-point.

Yes, I chose a heavy-handed, rich dinner. It was worth every morsel. 

5 out of 5 taste makers points. My mouth is watering right now.

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