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 Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle


Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, 1600 Pike Place, Seattle, WA.  Also in NYC’s Flatiron District.

Mmmmm cheese, yes please! You can take the girl out of Wisconsin (almost 20 years), but you can’t take the cheese lover out of her. I was so excited to visit Beecher’s, across from Public Market in downtown Seattle. Warm and welcoming wood floors and brick interior, with glass walls to watch cheese making. Fascinating. Yes, fascinating.

Beecher’s has a nice menu of sandwiches, soups, pasta, and cheese by the wad. The only item I was drooling for, was their “World’s Best Mac & Cheese”. The line was long, but I muscled through it and got my cup of penne pasta with ooey gooey beautiful cheese. It was extraordinarily delish. This is not your box of neon yellow-orange mac & cheese. This is on the next level. Time to evolve.

If you’re downtown, make your way down the steep hill…sans stilettos, and get a heap of this smile erupting mac & cheese.

Check their website for times and vacation closures, so you’re not disappointed.

As seen on Crave on the Food Network and on Oprah. Beecher’s Mac & Cheese named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. We agree, O!

4.75 out of 5 cheesy gooey goodness!

Mad Girl Eats Piroshky Piroshky in Seattle


Piroshky Piroshky, 1908 Pike Place, Seattle, WA  98101.

Piroshky Piroshky is a sublime Russian bakery directly across the street from Seattle’s famous Public Market. Taken from the Russian word “Pir” meaning feast, this shop offers single serve rustic stuffed pies with amazing fillings.

Meant to be a ‘hand-held meal’, you can get versions of these pies with meat, vegetable, and sweet fills. I ordered the potato, onion and cheese pie. Ooh, so fantastic. Next time I think I’ll go local flavor and order the smoked salmon pate pie, and finish with a fresh rhubarb or cream cheese and berries…or both. The pastry itself is light, flaky, perfection. You can’t miss!

These are definitely a nice hand-held meal. Easy for eating and walking around one of the coolest cities, Seattle. Excellent.

As seen on Anthony Bourdain’s show, No Reservations, on the Travel Channel.

4.5 out of 5 high pies!

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