Monday, April 29th, at 11:00 a.m., Henry’s First Avenue Tavern opens in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. Conveniently located within shouting distance of Safeco Field, Henry’ First Ave promises to offer a great option for drinking and dining before or after Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders and (perhaps) Sonics games. The Washington Beer Blog welcomes Henry’s, and it’s 100 draft beers, to the neighborhood. Read the official press release.
As we originally reported nearly a year ago, Henry’s on First is a new restaurant and bar from Restaurants Unlimited, a company that operates a number of notable restaurants in the Seattle area and beyond. Among their properties, Northwest beer lovers might be familiar with Henry’s 12th Street Tavern in Portland. Like the Portland version, Henry’s First Ave will offer an immense selection of draft beer. Along with the beer, you’ll find cocktails, wine, cider and a fantastic menu of upscale pub food. This is a somewhat elevated food and beer experience. It is not the neighborhood sports bar. Still, it is a welcoming and friendly place and fully prepared to welcome local sports fans and beer lovers alike.
This past Saturday we attended a pre-opening event and sample some food and took some pictures (below). We enjoyed one of the thin crust, house made pizzas, opting for the Italian sausage and roasted mushrooms. It was reasonably sized–sharable between two people or suitable for a hungry individual. We also indulged in the The All American Burger. Not for the faint of heart, it is absolutely sinful and decadent. It features a large patty, thick and well-cooked, topped with a sharp cheddar mac-n-cheese, a cheddar cheese sauce, and applewood smoked bacon, all served on a buttery brioche bun. Heavenly and heart-arresting. We took a gander at the rest of the menu. Salads and starters, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, specialty entrees, and more.
The star of the show for us was the draft selection. It promises to get better as time goes on and they learn which beers and styles do and do not work at Henry’s First Ave. I would be remiss if I failed to mention the Bloody Mary, served with a heaping pile of garnish that could have made a meal on its own.
And yes, as a matter of fact, like the Henry’s in Portland, Henry’s First Ave Tavern features an ice rink around the bar, which is intended to help keep your beer cold.