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Full Tilt

Posted in Arcade Games, Dessert and Pastries with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by belltowngirl

Ahhh….one of my fav places to relax and play arcade games and have great artisan ice cream….Full Tilt!  I first heard about it just last year and have been hooked since.  They change their ice cream flavors every week which is a plus in my book, but for the regulars they do have your standard popular ones daily.  They have great varieties from  birthday cake ice cream, Ube (Filipino purple yam), Vegan vanilla, Mexican Chocolate, Mephis King (banana, peanut butter, and chocolate covered bacon) to name a few…I have tried a couple so far and all are great.  For example, the Mango Chile has a light to medium spice with little chunks of mango, and the Birthday Cake ice cream literally has generous chunks of birthday cake that has a slight lemony flavor and sprinkles to it!  Another great thing about Full Tilt is you can reserve it for birthday parties and they can create an ice cream that you designed before the party. 

Birthday Cake ice cream - Full Tilt (Columbia City)

Birthday Cake ice cream - Full Tilt (Columbia City)

Quite honestly, we need more places like Full Tilt that has a gaming ambience to it.  I truly enjoy playing first gen arcade games and most of their games are first gen!  I was a little bummed that they took out Centipede… I loved the DDT bombs and hated the evil spiders!  Nevertheless, they still do have a pretty good list of games such as Q*bert, Ms.Pac-Man, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Joust, Galaga, Star Wars, Pull Position, Road Blaster, and Street Fighter 2.  All are stand up machines except for Q*Bert.  All are in pretty good condition (controllers work, and never had problems with inserting coins). 

Arcade Games - Full Tilt

Arcade Games - Full Tilt

Q*Bert - Full Tilt (Columbia City)

Q*Bert - Full Tilt (Columbia City)

Full Tilt has three locations: West Seattle, Columbia City, and a new one in U-District.  All are great locations…you can head to West seattle, then go for a walk on Alki Beach.  What I typically like better is the Columbia City location.  Given a nice day out, I would highly recommend going straight on Rainier Ave going South, take a left on S. Orcas St. and you will run into Lake Washington Blvd.  There is a great park called Seward Park that is a 2 and 1/2 mile loop, unobstructed views of Mt. Rainier, and a great walking/bicycling path.  Overall, I definitely recommend Full Tilt for great artisan ice cream and arcade games!

Seward Park

Seward Park

Full Tilt website:  http://fulltilticecream.com/

Address:  5041 Rainier Ave S.  Seattle, WA  98118 (Columbia location)

Hours:  Tues-Sunday 2pm-10pm, Open late Fri and Sat, Closed Monday

Contact:  206 226-2740

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Shorty’s Coney Island

Posted in Arcade Games, Bar food with tags , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by belltowngirl
Shorty's

Shorty's

This is one of my fav dive bars for great chili nachos and playing my fav arcade game Galaga.  Shorty’s Coney Island was actually named after the owner, Martha Manwaring who had a weiner dog named Shorty and her favorite hometown hot dog was hence the Coney.  The pinball machines  I liked were Medieval Madness, Addams family, and Wheel of Fortune.  Shorty’s has the most pinball machines in the state and they do have a good amount of arcade games(14) compared to most that I have been to(not the tabletop ones but the standing ones).  Trust me, I love good arcade games and I’ve been trying to find another Centipede/Millipede machine since Fuel bar had it removed.  Nevertheless, Shorty’s atmosphere is awesome from a jukebox playing  primarily retro punk music to people playing the pinball machines(12+) in the back.  A couple of my fav bar food here is the chili nachos($5), spicy pepper cheese dog($3.50), and well, lets just say I like em all.  Quite honestly, my ultimate fav bar food at Shorty’s is the chili nachos.  A generous amount of chili and cheese smothered all over the crisp nachos.  I always ask the bartender for “extra” jalapenos!

Chili Nachos

Chili Nachos

Arcade Games - Shorty's

Arcade Games - Shorty's

In the back of the bar there is a quiet lounge bar called the Trophy room.  Very retro cool and a great hideway from the sound of pinball machines.  The Trophy Room is open during the weekends and you can also make reservations for private parties.  Most importantly, bring cash because they don’t take plastic…only unless you are willing to pay atm fees from their machine.  Also, if you are into pinball they have a Shorty’s Annual Pinball Tournament and players compete to win for a grand prize of a classic pinball machine.  Overall, if you want to get away from the trendy bars in Belltown once in awhile and play some vids, I highly recommend Shorty’s!

Shorty’s website:  http://www.shortydog.com/

Address:  2222A Second Avenue, Seattle, WA  98121 (Cross st. is Blanchard)

Hours:  Noon to 2am seven days a week

Contact:  206 441-5449