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Saturday, April 25, 2015

#2372 #S1195 - Joey Kitchen, Seattle - 12/12/2013

You might at first glance think that the business model at Joey pretty much started and stopped at hiring pretty, tanned women to serve customers in tight black dresses. It's plain that they are not hiring based on a blind assessment of resumes. But the menus of the Vancouver based chain are headed by Chris Mills, "a contestant on the original Japanese version of Iron Chef, two-time headliner at James Beard House, and competitor in the French Bocuse d'Or," (cornichon), the food is quite good and the cocktails are better than average. My personal biases against the U Village setting were laid out in my post on Liam's, and the greater part of the tragedy for Joey in Seattle is that they recently departed a ravishing setting on South Lake Union.

Nevertheless, this version of Joey seems to have a less annoying crowd and a more intriguing menu. It has been devised as a test kitchen for the other Joey restaurants in the state, includes a sushi bar, and what looks to be a pleasant patio in warm weather (although it traded a view of the Space Needle over sailboats for a corner of shopping mall). The food menu seems be slightly upscale versions of American and Japanese standbys. The cocktail menu leans toward the fruity and sweet, but I had a an excellent Old Fashioned, served by super friendly bartenders Sam and Christie,who, yes, are pretty, tanned women in tight black dresses.


2603 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 98105 - (206) 527-6188
Est. Dec 9, 2013 - Building constructed: year
Previous bars in this location:
Web site: joeyrestaurants.com - facebook
Articles ranked: cornichon - seattlemet - yelp - tripadvisor                                                  

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