If I made every decision based on the morality of the situation, of course I would not waste money on selfish indulgences like cocktails and this list would not exist. Fortunately for the project, I'm not that moral, and for similar reasons, I am not a vegetarian. I can't dispute the ethical superiority of being one, I'm just a little too selfish to give up the great joy of burned animal flesh.
And while I knew Carmelita served some of their own invented cocktails, I didn't even know if they had a bar, so until this day I never even bothered to stop in for a drink. That, from a purely selfish point of view, was a big mistake.
Carmelita serves some really good cocktails. They're neck and neck with Oliver's Twist and Stumbling Goat for the best in the neighborhood. The Seattle Times called them one of the best happy hour in the north end and The Stranger called them "Seattle's highest-minded vegetarian restaurant," and those both appear to be on the money. The cocktail menu includes seasonal ingredients in several tasty options, but I went for the "Mr. Carmelita" (Rye, Punt e Mes, Amaro Nonino, Angostura bitters – served up), and it was excellent (it appears to be the bartender's favorite as well, though not as popular with the customers as some of the other options).
So as long as I remain immoral enough to spend a portion of my money on luxuries like cocktails while other people in the world are suffering, I'm planning on going to Carmelita with much more regularity.
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