Happy-hour steals at Fremont's 9 Million in Unmarked Bills
The name might be 9 Million in Unmarked Bills, but you won't spend that much to get a good meal at this more upscale Fremont bar. Our money is on the lamb sliders, wasabi-grilled-cheese sandwich with tomato-bisque soup and broccoli-and-kale appetizer.
Seattle Times assistant sports editor
9 Million in Unmarked BillsBar
3507 Fremont Place N., Seattle
Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Sundays, happy hour 4-7 p.m. daily.
Etc: All major credit cards accepted; street parking; no obstacles to access; full bar.
The name might be 9 Million in Unmarked Bills, but you won't spend that much to get a good meal at this Fremont bar. In fact, you'll pay far from it with a happy-hour menu from 4 to 7 p.m. daily that offers 10 items for $5 each.
Nestled in the former Triangle Lounge in the heart of Fremont, the place was reopened by former bartender Nate Rezac last summer and he has tried to transform it from a college bar to a more upscale establishment.
"We're still trying to get away from what the Triangle was," Rezac said, while acknowledging that its proximity to Seattle Pacific University makes it hard for a complete transformation. "We're looking for the business crowd more than the college crowd."
The menu: This is not traditional bar food — from vegetable meatloaf and steamed clams to hanger steak and brick-oven pizzas.
"We wanted to have a casual menu for a bar," Rezac said. "But everything we tried was a step up from the normal menu. We wanted a burger, and we went a step up and used Kobe beef."
Even if you don't get there in time for happy hour, all items on the menu range from $6 to $14, and food is served until 1 a.m.
What to write home about: Although the lamb sliders were juicy and the wasabi-grilled-cheese sandwich with tomato-bisque soup were a far cry from what mom used to make, the broccoli-and-kale appetizer — sautéed in olive oil with pine nuts, chili flakes and garlic — is a can't miss.
The setting: When you first walk in, you notice the gray booths, the large neon sign behind the bar that reads "prescriptions" and the candle lighting. With the modern-bar feel, you almost overlook the nod to the Prohibition era, until you see a sign on the wall with the names of the mixed drinks, including the John Dillinger.
Summing up: Five items off the happy-hour menu — lamb sliders, crostinis (slices of grilled baguette with toppings that change weekly), broccoli and kale, popcorn shrimp and truffle fries — were $5 each. Add on the white-truffle mac-'n'-cheese and the grilled cheese with tomato-bisque soup for $8 each, and four people were fed for $45.10, plus tip.
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