One of my favorite places in Seattle is Ray’s Cafe. It was one of the first nice places I went to when I first moved to Seattle and throughout the years I’ve spent many a sunny day out on the deck. It’s location near the The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks means there is always marine activity of some sort. The view across Puget Sound to the Olympic Peninsula and Mountains is outstanding and there is generally some sort of wildlife activity, too. Add to that the friendly atmosphere of the cafe and the great food and drinks and it really doesn’t get much better. Except during Happy Hour when both food and drinks are discounted.
Last night a friend and I met for a light bite. We arrived at the beginning of Happy Hour and were able to get a table but soon there was a line at the host station. It was a great way to spend the last sunny day of this run of nice weather we’ve experienced. All manner of boats drifted by, birds flocked and swooped. Stand up paddle surfers made their way into shore, kayakers gracefully slid by. The quiet calm of the water was filled with entertainment.
We both had Ray’s cafe salad which is a light and tasty combination of greens, sliced pears, hazelnuts and blue cheese. Since we felt so healthy with our salads we decided to balance it out with something more decadent, Pete’s Brewhouse Cheese, a cheese fondue made with smoked Gouda and Oregonzola cheeses and beer. It was luscious and rich!
We finished our drinks just after sunset and left our window table for the rest of the evening’s adventures.
Ray’s Boathouse Cafe
6049 Seaview Avenue NW
Happy Hour 4:00pm-6:00pm and 9:00pm-10:00/11:00pm