#sEATtle: Rider

December 1, 2017

I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. Therefore, I figured I would post reviews of the places I go to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus, it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work!

Before we start, though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I don't know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I don't even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than two toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the common man/woman.

Got it? Good, let's roll!


619 Pine (Inside Hotel Theodore)



I love going to shows at The Paramount for obvious reasons, but I hate eating around there.  Hate is probably too strong of a word, but the point is, unless you are willing to walk up the hill a bit to get to Tavolata, or Mamnoon (I am not) there really isn't a great place to eat.  Sure, Ruth's Chris is there but its SO expensive, and Carlyle Room is good but not great. So when I found out that Rider was opening this week inside Hotel Theodore a block away from the Paramount, and it featured a huge wood fire grill, I had to check it out before going to see the National. Would it live up to my expectations, or would it be another one of those hotel restaurants that look so great on paper but end up tasting like a hotel restaurant? Lets go....


Seafood Plateau- Right off the bat we ran into a problem.  Usually when you go to a restaurant that offers seafood towers, they come in tiers.  Rider is no different.  The thing is, the way its written on the menu, it looks like the only difference in each level of tower/plateau, is how many people it feeds.  So imagine the disappointment when you wait around for an assortment of crab/lobster/prawns/oysters/clams/stuff from the ocean, and get a pan of shells. 

Prawns- I mean, the heart wants what the heart wants. Our hearts wanted prawns. So after some haggling,,,seriously, we had to haggle over some damn shrimps,,,we convinced them to bring us a plate of shrimp. They were boring and one was not de-pooped. Gross. 

Farro Risotto- If there was a stand out dish, it was this.  The shrooms were really good and the kale wasnt too kale-y..if that makes sense?

Smoked Chicken Breast- A healthy portion of chicken, flavored and cooked well.  But its chicken, who gets all that excited for chicken amirite?

Salmon- it was fine. Nothing stand out. Well cooked, but I wish they would've really done something to fancy it up a bit. I mean, besides throwing a few cherry tomatoes on the plate, ya feel me?

I walked in to Rider wanting to like it so much. It was close to the Paramount, it was run by locals, IT HAS ITS OWN SPECIAL BOURBON!  Unfortunately, I was left disappointed from the start of the meal until the very end...when we tried to get a glass of this fancy bourbon that is prominently featured on the front page of their drink menu only to be told that they didn't have a spigot to tap the cask. I mean, bland salmon is one thing, but to mess with my drink order...unforgivable.  I chalk a lot of this up to first week jitters since it just opened, but still, you gotta be ready to go, and sadly Rider is not. 

Go here if... You are too lazy (it me) to walk up the street to any of the amazing restaurants in that little area on Melrose, between Pike/Pine

Don't go here if...you want a true, refined, farm to table experience.