Saturday, December 8, 2012

Happy Hour: Trace

I've stayed in touch with a few friends from the paralegal certification program at UW ever since we survived the experience together a few years back, and we get together for happy hour every now and then to see how everyone is doing. Last Friday we met up at Trace downtown for drinks and some bites.

Located in the W Seattle hotel, Trace has a super swanky feel when you first walk in. At the entrance you are greeted by a huge tree-like structure covered in shiny steel plates and a large curved fireplace flanked by leather banquettes, funky chairs and stools where you can lounge and have cocktails on teeny, tiny tables. We thought it would be fun to sit in that area but the place was already pretty packed by 5:00 so we ended up snagging a table near the bar from some ladies who happened to be getting up at the right moment.

Fancy schmancy decor inside.

The waitress greeted us right away and took our drink orders, but unfortunately the service really seemed to go downhill from there. However, when we finally did receive our appetizers they were absolutely delicious, which made up for the lackluster waitstaff.  

Happy hour is daily from 4 to 7 and includes $4 draft beers, $5 bites, $6 house wines and $7 well drinks. We ordered an assortment of drinks and appetizers and were pleasantly surprised. 

Handcut Fries: Idaho frits, beecher's flagship cheddar, garlic aioli
Probably the best fries I've had in a long time, and I LOVED the mini
bottle of ketchup!

Sesame & Soy Braised Short Rib Lettuce Wraps
with turmeric apples and kochujang sauce.
These had so much flavor!

Kurt's Camembert Crostinis with fennel and apricot jam.
This seemed like such a weird combination but it was actually
our favorite thing on the menu, we ordered seconds!

Stephanie, Sarah, Steve and Samantha (your name had to start with S
if you wanted to be friends with us in that class!)

It's so fun to get together with these guys periodically and see what everyone is up to. We are all very happy with the different directions we've taken since finishing the program, but it's nice that we've all stayed in touch. And even though the service at Trace was extremely slow, the prices were great for happy hour and the food was amazing, so I would probably go back again.

1 comment :

  1. That does sound like a great happy hour! I'll have to check it out!


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