Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Posted by

Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle

Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle

There’s arguably no better escape from Seattle than Hawaii. There’s a reason it’s called “paradise,” and you can get there in less than six hours from the Emerald City. If a trip isn’t in your near future, you can still experience a piece of the Hawaiian islands locally at Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle. Serving Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare, Marination Ma Kai (1660 Harbor Ave. SW) is a hot spot, especially in the summer. Not only do they serve up tasty food, but the restaurant also offers stunning views. Located on the waterfront (ma kai means “along, near, by the sea”) near the north end of Seacrest Park, Marination Ma Kai looks directly onto Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline. To help showcase the view, the restaurant has a large outdoor patio. NOTE: Marination Ma Kai is the “brick-and-mortar” space for the popular Marination food truck in Seattle. If you’re not heading to West Seattle anytime soon, there’s also a spin-off called Marination Station on Capitol Hill (1412 Harvard Ave.)....

Read More

Posted by

Seacrest Park | Incredible View of Seattle Skyline

Seacrest Park | Incredible View of Seattle Skyline

I’m constantly on the prowl for the best views of Seattle. I’ve lived in this area for most of my life, so I’ve seen a lot of spectacular viewpoints. There’s Kerry Park, Dr. Jose Rizal Park, and many others. But, there’s no view of the Seattle skyline that impresses me more than the one at Seacrest Park in West Seattle. Located on the Elliott Bay waterfront, Seacrest Park (1660 Harbor Ave. SW) never ceases to amaze me. I’ve taken in the view of the Seattle skyline from West Seattle hundreds of times and it never gets old. There are too many times I’m driving by Seacrest Park with no intention of stopping by, but I suddenly find myself pulling over to soak in the view. It’s like a frickin’ magnet to me. With views of the Space Needle, downtown Seattle, Safeco Field, CenturyLink Field, and the Port of Seattle, you don’t miss a thing from Seacrest Park. On a sunny day you can even see Mount Rainier standing tall...

Read More

Posted by

Ma’ono in West Seattle | Fried Chicken, Whiskey & More

Ma’ono in West Seattle | Fried Chicken, Whiskey & More

How can you not love a restaurant that prides itself on fried chicken, whiskey and noodles? It honestly sounds like heaven to me. Well, that’s Ma’ono in a nutshell. It’s such a simple and different idea, but the Hawaiian-style restaurant is a HUGE success in West Seattle. Ma’ono (4437 California Ave. S.W.), which used to be known as Spring Hill, is not a secret in Seattle. You should make a reservation before you go — unless you don’t mind waiting to be seated. My mom, Tove and I dropped in the other night (on a Friday), and we were originally told it would be an hour wait. We lucked out though, because the hostess quickly took a second look at her seating chart and changed direction. She suddenly told us it would only be 15 minutes, which actually wound up only being a five-minute wait for a table. The most popular item on the menu at Ma’ono is the fried chicken. It’s so popular that they recommend reserving a...

Read More

Posted by

West Seattle Summer Fest | “The Party of the Year”

West Seattle Summer Fest | “The Party of the Year”

One weekend every July, West Seattle shuts down and parties! West Seattle Summer Fest is an annual event filled with great food, fun music, and cool vendors showcasing the great West Seattle neighborhood. The motto for the West Seattle Summer Fest is “Let’s close the streets and see what happens,” and that’s exactly what happens. This free, family-friendly, three-day event is filled to the brim with people and it’s tons of fun. The West Seattle Summer Fest takes place in the heart of downtown West Seattle. Four blocks of California Street are shut down with various activities for people of all ages. For kids, there is face painting, arts and crafts, bouncey houses, and carnival-type rides. Keep in mind, parents need to buy tickets for their kids to enjoy the rides, though there are day and weekend passes available. For adults, there’s a lot of shopping to be done at the West Seattle Summer Fest. More than 150 vendors set up in the middle of California Street. They sell...

Read More

Posted by

Pho Aroma in West Seattle

Pho Aroma in West Seattle

It pays to be the top result on Google search. That’s how Tove and I found Pho Aroma in West Seattle. After a nice hike through Lincoln Park, we wanted to grab dinner, so I quickly grabbed my phone and Googled “The Best Pho in West Seattle.” The first result to pop us was Pho Aroma, so that’s exactly where we went. Pho Aroma (5605 Delridge Way SW) lives up to its name. Tove and I parked across the street from the Vietnamese restaurant, but we could smell the pho in the air the second we stepped out of the car. It was like one of those old cartoons where the scent drifted under our nose, picked us up and carried us directly into the restaurant. Pho Aroma was loaded with people, but there was still enough room for us to be seated right away. I think it’s a good sign when a restaurant is crowded, especially at 8pm on a Tuesday night. We actually heard one of the waiters...

Read More