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Saturday, March 08, 2014

#2155 - Red Lotus / Pagoda Room, Auburn - 5/5/2013

From Mexi-fries to fortune cookies, I love experimenting with the authentic cuisines of foreign cultures. And it's even better if it's in a restaurant with a dark lounge attached, where the mixologist serves up exotic temptations like "Jack and Coke." And thus, at the urging of some friends, we traveled all the way to Auburn, Washington -- the Gateway to Algona -- to check out the Red Lotus Restaurant and Pagoda Room Lounge.



I don't know exactly how old the Red Lotus is, but at some point someone wrote on their web site that they've been around for "50 years," and the building was constructed in 1956, so perhaps both the restaurant and lounge were here since then? It is a large, multi-roomed establishment, happily windowless, with plenty of bamboo, glowing lights, and mid-century exotic decor to keep our party of tiki fans and vintage hunters happy. The food is somewhat better than average, classic American Chinese, and the drinks are dive-bar strong with a few not-so-bad, tiki-like alternatives. The only real deviation I noticed from the archetypal half century old Chinese place is that they are closed on Christmas.

Thanks to Woofmutt and Elicia or introducing me to the place, and the other friends who came along on this visit.




714 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA 98002 - (253) 833-6233                
Est. 1956? - Building constructed: 1956
Previous bars in this location: None known
Web site: redlotusrestaurant.com
Reviews: woofmutt - yelp - tripadvisor

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