As a West Seattle resident, I was excited in 2004 (or whenever it opened) to have a ""better"" type of restaurant in my neighborhood. Upon opening, the food was good and it was a great family & neighborhood hangout. I especially loved the atmosphere, with its beautiful bar, the changeable art, and open kitchen. Since then, it's gone downhill. Not sure if d r u g s have anything to do with it. C'mon guys, West Seattle is a family-oriented neighborhood, get the employees who need it into rehab!
It's highly overrated for the price at this point, now that the inital novelty of a decent restaurant in West Seattle has worn off. I'm glad that their regular menu features foods out of the ordinary, such as the calamari-napa salad, but it's a bummer when a supposedly ""neighborhood-friendly"" joint still doesn't have pasta marinara on the kids' menu, and you have to ask that green stuff be omitted every time. This is not an unusual request for kids, folks.
From 2004-2006, we went there many times and tried many different dishes and it was always hit-or-miss-- sometimes we got some fabulous tender pulled pork, and other times dishes tasted like they were just warmed up after sitting out all day. Ew.
But the one thing that has been consistent since late 2005 is snottiness from the hostess/manager and waitstaff. There are a few RARE exceptions of course. My second to last time there, in late 2006, the manager/hostess left us standing out in the freezing cold long after they were supposed to open at 5:30 PM because there was a ""staff menu and wine tasting"" that went later than anticipated. In fact, when customers knocked on the door, instead of opening it and graciously apologizing to the waiting patrons, she spoke to us THROUGH THE WINDOW that it would be 10 more minutes (did they have to stash the coke?). No apology for the 20 minute delay. Very unprofessional. I realize West Seattle is desperate, but don't patronize establishments that don't appreciate you