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Friday, June 6, 2008

Inquiring Drunks Want to Know

posted by on June 6 at 11:49 AM

This email was just sent to us this morning:

I’ve noticed that Jack in the Box, Taco Bell and KFC have all closed up on the hill. I definitely have no problem with this, I’ve seen the images of chemical burned chickens, read the nutritional info for their food, and get nauseous even thinking about eating at any of these places. But is this the reason these places have closed? Are there that many others like me? Or have the lots just been bought out from rich developers?

Don’t worry late-night drunks: fast food isn’t completely gone from the hill! While the Taco Bell on Broadway and Republican may be gone for good, Jack in the Box will return to the hill, replacing the KFC on 10th and Pine.

But why eat a greasy late-night turdburger to head off that hangover when you can have greasy, delicious Fish Fry, Tacos Gringos or a hot dog from the wonderful little cart in front of the Comet?

UPDATE: DUH! I linked but did not clearly explain that Taco Bell’s old space is being absorbed into a development by Driscoll Architects and Jack in the Box is becoming a Sound Transit station.

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The Jew and I stumbled into Tacos Gringos with Monique one night, the employees said they were drunk, we used a breathalyser on them (he carries one around for fun) and they most definitely were. I now officially love them.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 6, 2008 11:55 AM

Hot Mama's. This makes me miss Rick's Falafel truck on the weekends.

Posted by A | June 6, 2008 11:57 AM

There'll be a new version of El Chupacabra opening by Glos in the very near future, too.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 6, 2008 11:58 AM

The emailer raises some interesting questions as to why these places might be gone. At lunch yesterday, a friend mentioned that nearly every fast "food" outlet on the Ave has also closed. And if starving/stoned students aren't getting their 99 cent scarf on, something seems to be up.

Posted by Explorer | June 6, 2008 12:00 PM

Don't forget Dick's! That place is packed after drinking!

Posted by NikT22 | June 6, 2008 12:02 PM

Yes, non-corporate drunk food options are the best and everything. Blah, blah, blah . . .

But sometimes I just need my 99 cent tacos and oreo cookie shake.

Posted by Ashley | June 6, 2008 12:04 PM

I love how some people in seattle are never satisfied.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 6, 2008 12:04 PM

@7 -- Maybe they're just like my mother?

Posted by Prince | June 6, 2008 12:07 PM

@4 I agree. Not that I love the food, but I'm always a little shocked when a national franchise fast food joint closes down. These companies put big dollars into analyzing where to site franchises so they wont fail. So when they go under, you have to wonder what's up?

Burger King is the exception--a whole bunch of them have closed down, but their food sets a new nadir in nasty, so it explains itself.

Posted by Westside forever | June 6, 2008 12:07 PM

@8, i owe you a drink.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 6, 2008 12:10 PM

I pledge my undying love to Tacos Gringos!

Posted by monkey | June 6, 2008 12:10 PM

@10 -- That was me sock puppeting, so make mine a "Playa Rosa" at Licorous.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 12:13 PM

All the good non-corporate food places are cash only and by two in the morning I've already spent all my cash...

Posted by C. | June 6, 2008 12:14 PM

And thank god for the Fish Fry mention -- I was beginning to think we'd go a whole week without a direct mention.

You guys need to get on the ball or your free food deal will dry up.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 6, 2008 12:14 PM

I wish like fuck we got free food there. Unfortunately, it's not true.

Posted by Jonah S | June 6, 2008 12:17 PM

@3: Where? Is it going in the old Healthy Hedon place, next to Half Price Books?

Posted by JC | June 6, 2008 12:20 PM

Side note: People who think they're better than everyone for not eating at these places (Taco Bell, JITB, KFC), or people who list nutrition facts and talk about how good Fast Food Nation was...these are people who deserve to die. These are people who are the scum of the Earth. These are people you don't want to know, because they do nothing but make you ugly.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 6, 2008 12:21 PM

Yes. And by all accounts, it should have a killer deck.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 6, 2008 12:22 PM

Tacos Gringos and Dicks are my faves. But one of the nice things, for those of us who don't just go to the Hill, is discovering the taco place in Lower Queen Anne between the Uptown Espresso and Uptown theater.

Unfortunately, it does not have a deck.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2008 12:37 PM

KFC is closed? When did that happen?

I'd kill for a Wendy's Frosty and some (fresh)hot fries right now.

And the McDonald's Southern Chicken Sandwich is surprisingly good; a juicy chicken sandwich that actually tastes like chicken. And oddly garnished with pickels but no mayo or dressing of any kind.

And as a transplanted Midwesterner, I occassionally keen for Sonic and Long John Silvers...

Posted by michael strangeways | June 6, 2008 12:53 PM

you mean blue water taco grill, will?

like the one at century square?
or the one at fourth ave?
or one union square?

were you trying to be funny?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 6, 2008 12:54 PM

The answer to the question of "why eat at Jack in the Box when you can eat at Fry Fry" lies somewhere near $2, I'd guess.

Posted by Dougsf | June 6, 2008 12:57 PM

I can handle all of the fast food joints leaving Broadway (keep Dick's), but the fabulous Russian peroski place is moving down to somewhere around 3rd and Cherry (to make way for the Sound Transit station). That's way too far. I needs me some peroski within walking distance.

Posted by JC | June 6, 2008 1:13 PM

3rd and Cherry is within walking distance. Stop being lazy or hop on a fucking bus. God. Is all of Capitol Hill this pathetic?

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 6, 2008 1:46 PM

King Cobra serves some pretty damn good food late.

Posted by bobcat | June 6, 2008 1:57 PM

@24: Completely. All of us.

Posted by JC | June 6, 2008 1:59 PM
27 got me there. Hmpf.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 6, 2008 2:33 PM

@ 23 - there's a piroshki place on Madison, a couple blocks west of Broadway.

Posted by UnoriginalAndrew | June 6, 2008 3:09 PM

@25: You eat at King Cobra? Weird.

Posted by Original Monique | June 6, 2008 3:29 PM

@1: Yes, that was amazing. Those guys are fabulous drunks.

Posted by Original Monique | June 6, 2008 3:36 PM

@24 - not all, but most.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 6, 2008 3:39 PM

3rd and Cherry!


That IS way too far. That's fucking downtown. If I want a fucking delicious piroshky I don't want it to take 30 minutes for me to get there! I want it NOW!

Between Septieme going down the toilet and this, there's nothing left on Broadway worth eating at...well, Dick's of course...

Posted by michael strangeways | June 6, 2008 3:39 PM

@21, no he really is that retarded.

Posted by retard-o | June 6, 2008 4:15 PM

Check your facts about the Jack in the Box. There has been some deals going on around what will replace the KFC and some current and future tenants have pushed for something less... fast foody.

Posted by hmmm... | June 6, 2008 5:16 PM

I got aggravated by comments from my friends i've talked to about this as well. I under-
stand that its absolutely so not "cool" or "in" to say you enjoy a guilty pleasure like Jack in the Box or Taco Bell, however this makes affordable food on the hill disappear
as well in a way.
I was really annoyed by the taco bell vanishing though, I enjoyed the company of the guinean dudes who worked the night shift there awhile back. They made the burritos like the place was closing - huge.
By the way, I get chastised sometimes about my "mindless consumer buying into a soul-less corporation" eating habits by my friends who smoke camels- its you not the handlebar moustache that is ironic kids!



Posted by a kid | June 7, 2008 8:41 PM

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