Barrio Grand Opening Night: Wow!

While most of you panned Barrio (even though they have a blog) before it even opened we went tonight, it’s first night open to the public, and thoroughly enjoyed it! (This is my first time to a Kurofsky restaurant.) It’s on Capitol Hill in the 12th and Madison neighborhood and is one of the tenants at Trace North. The place was dark, appropriately loud, and surprisingly filled up with stylish folks of all ages by the time we left. Yes, the yuppies have come to Capitol Hill.

From the decor featuring a 240 candle wall (glad I don’t have to maintain it), circular metal booths, custom raw metal window frames, cocktails, food and to the service it was all great.

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Drinks sampled included the Brown Derby, Toronto, and the Paloma. I feel pleasantly buzzed after only two. Chelsea could only handle one (sorry Chels, that’s the truth.)

Appetizers included the Mahi Mahi ceviche and the duo of salsas (smoky anchol chile and roast Tomatillo.)

Dinner was some fancy free range chicken with a Masa cake (whatever those are; they were superb) and a spicy ribeye with really good fingerling potatoes.

And for dessert we had the Churros. A first for me. The chocolate sauce was really good.

My complaints are few; the large cushion on the heavy chairs make you feel like you’re on one of those gym bouncy balls, the menu is a little chaotic and hard to parse and they aren’t done the front door yet so it’s a little drafty.

Time to put on an ironic t-shirt, tight Diesel jeans and get back to my faux hipster Capitol Hill roots down at the Cha-Cha (now displaced to my hood because its old location is a parking lot courtesy of Murrray Franklyn and NIMBY activists.)

Disclaimer: Trace North advertises on this blog. I’m not a foodie. I don’t know much about Mexican food since I grew up in Winnipeg where we only had a Taco Bell.

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Matt , Urbnlivn's publisher, has a love for lofts with industrial features and new construction condos that is only eclipsed by his passion for outdoor sports and urban living. Phrases such as “polished concrete” and “exposed brick” are music to his ears. You can also find Matt on Twitter or skiing.

  • http://www.tracelofts.com Ted

    Matt, glad you liked it! You had the same drinks I had last night at the “friend and family” opening (a toast to our Canadian heritage huh?). Barrio is going to be a great asset to the neighborhood; it’s been a long wait but well worth it. I’m blown away by the buildout.

    If you (and the readers) could find it in your hearts and schedules to patronize Pizza Fusion (especially over the next few weeks), it would give them a much better chance of surviving. Their fate is hanging in the balance. I convinced the owners today (on my dime) to offer a free pizza to every Trace Lofts and Trace North owner to help them build some loyalty. Their pizzas are good, and we want them to survive right??

    See you Tuesday.

  • http://www.tracelofts.com Ted

    Matt, glad you liked it! You had the same drinks I had last night at the “friend and family” opening (a toast to our Canadian heritage huh?). Barrio is going to be a great asset to the neighborhood; it’s been a long wait but well worth it. I’m blown away by the buildout.

    If you (and the readers) could find it in your hearts and schedules to patronize Pizza Fusion (especially over the next few weeks), it would give them a much better chance of surviving. Their fate is hanging in the balance. I convinced the owners today (on my dime) to offer a free pizza to every Trace Lofts and Trace North owner to help them build some loyalty. Their pizzas are good, and we want them to survive right??

    See you Tuesday.

  • ssilvy

    zzzzzzzzzzz.

  • ssilvy

    zzzzzzzzzzz.

  • newbuyer

    great picture! I know we will have to check this place out soon.

  • newbuyer

    great picture! I know we will have to check this place out soon.

  • Marco

    Haven’t been to Barrio yet but the space looks cool. I can’t believe you mention cha cha. I was so incredibly disgusted by that place. They actually used powdered chilly in thier burrito. If you want mexican food near the neighborhood try the saint, or la puerta. Whatever you do dear reader, don’t go to cha cha unless you’re there for the music.

    - just a guy from san francisco who misses real mexican food and thinks “northwest fussion” means that there is no such thing as spices.

  • Marco

    Haven’t been to Barrio yet but the space looks cool. I can’t believe you mention cha cha. I was so incredibly disgusted by that place. They actually used powdered chilly in thier burrito. If you want mexican food near the neighborhood try the saint, or la puerta. Whatever you do dear reader, don’t go to cha cha unless you’re there for the music.

    - just a guy from san francisco who misses real mexican food and thinks “northwest fussion” means that there is no such thing as spices.

  • CG

    Matt, maybe those retro yuppie cocktails you imbibed at Barrio caused you to morph into a cheerleading real estate agent of yore.

    Re the previous disses of Kurofsky’s mini-chain of restaurants, “Purple,” I stand by them. They’re formulaic and faux hip. From your description of Barrio, sounds like more of the same. But if they win over the Taco Bell crowd, more power to ‘em.

    Re your sneering at the so-called NIMBY antagonists of the Murray Franklyn dreck proposed for Belmont and Pine, sounds like you’ve thrown in the towel at trying to influence community and architectural development in this town. You recently quoted approvingly the NYT’s analysis that our local “[c]ondo developers have carved many of Seattle’s quirky neighborhoods into bland real estate listings.” But goodness forbid anyone from actually trying to change the status quo. Suddenly they’re NIMBYS! I’d rather be called a NIMBY and stand for true urban vibrancy, then succumb to the superficial allure of getting buzzed by some alcoholic Shirley Temples.

    And, wowee, we’ll all get to munch on free franchise pizza with your developer buddy Ted this Tuesday at the Urbnlivn Meetup. That sure’ll help bring the vibe back to Capitol Hill.

  • CG

    Matt, maybe those retro yuppie cocktails you imbibed at Barrio caused you to morph into a cheerleading real estate agent of yore.

    Re the previous disses of Kurofsky’s mini-chain of restaurants, “Purple,” I stand by them. They’re formulaic and faux hip. From your description of Barrio, sounds like more of the same. But if they win over the Taco Bell crowd, more power to ‘em.

    Re your sneering at the so-called NIMBY antagonists of the Murray Franklyn dreck proposed for Belmont and Pine, sounds like you’ve thrown in the towel at trying to influence community and architectural development in this town. You recently quoted approvingly the NYT’s analysis that our local “[c]ondo developers have carved many of Seattle’s quirky neighborhoods into bland real estate listings.” But goodness forbid anyone from actually trying to change the status quo. Suddenly they’re NIMBYS! I’d rather be called a NIMBY and stand for true urban vibrancy, then succumb to the superficial allure of getting buzzed by some alcoholic Shirley Temples.

    And, wowee, we’ll all get to munch on free franchise pizza with your developer buddy Ted this Tuesday at the Urbnlivn Meetup. That sure’ll help bring the vibe back to Capitol Hill.

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  • evilpenguin

    Just went to Barrio tonight and it was great. Good food and reasonable prices = welcome to the neighborhood.

  • EP

    Just went to Barrio tonight and it was great. Good food and reasonable prices = welcome to the neighborhood.

  • stone

    thanks for the quick review. The place looked beautiful when I walked by and I was intrigued ’cause I had no idea what it was. I will definitely check it out. Can’t say much about Purple ( the old univ bookstore space right), except that as a prior work traveler to seattle back in the day who stayed at hotels in the area, there was really nowhere to go chill and have some wine or drinks, so good on them.
    Ted, thanks for the info on pizza fusion; will try to check it out. It is okay to admit I’ve already had the zaw pizza and they opened later. And matt if you ever had a tamale, you’ve had some masa and thus a wee bit o lard, as well.
    bummed to miss the meet up; however is it okay to cynicism won’t bring any vibe back to Capitol Hill? And Ted, thanks for contributing and supporting a local business; its more than a lot of folks typically do, stake or no stake.
    cheers all

  • stone

    thanks for the quick review. The place looked beautiful when I walked by and I was intrigued ’cause I had no idea what it was. I will definitely check it out. Can’t say much about Purple ( the old univ bookstore space right), except that as a prior work traveler to seattle back in the day who stayed at hotels in the area, there was really nowhere to go chill and have some wine or drinks, so good on them.
    Ted, thanks for the info on pizza fusion; will try to check it out. It is okay to admit I’ve already had the zaw pizza and they opened later. And matt if you ever had a tamale, you’ve had some masa and thus a wee bit o lard, as well.
    bummed to miss the meet up; however is it okay to cynicism won’t bring any vibe back to Capitol Hill? And Ted, thanks for contributing and supporting a local business; its more than a lot of folks typically do, stake or no stake.
    cheers all

  • Jason

    Yes, I’ll try to help out pizza fusion my opinion of them went up a tad when I read the list of how their chairs, church pews, counter tops, etc were recycled from demolished places in the Seattle area. That’s kind of cool….

    My first instinct about them, though, admittedly was “Florida-based chain? Yuppie pizza? Wow. Someone is really missing the mark on Capitol Hill & its schtick….”

    If Ted or anyone else who knows the Fusion folks is reading this I honestly think dimming their lights a bit would go a long way in making the place seem less like it belongs in Bell Square.

    Loved Barrio. Love Cha Cha.

  • Jason

    Yes, I’ll try to help out pizza fusion my opinion of them went up a tad when I read the list of how their chairs, church pews, counter tops, etc were recycled from demolished places in the Seattle area. That’s kind of cool….

    My first instinct about them, though, admittedly was “Florida-based chain? Yuppie pizza? Wow. Someone is really missing the mark on Capitol Hill & its schtick….”

    If Ted or anyone else who knows the Fusion folks is reading this I honestly think dimming their lights a bit would go a long way in making the place seem less like it belongs in Bell Square.

    Loved Barrio. Love Cha Cha.

  • nitsuj

    Blah, to me sounds like another one of those ‘new Seattle’ places. The feeling I get more and more these days is that Seattle wants the cliche NY/SF looking/feeling places at the cost of any real character.

  • nitsuj

    Blah, to me sounds like another one of those ‘new Seattle’ places. The feeling I get more and more these days is that Seattle wants the cliche NY/SF looking/feeling places at the cost of any real character.

  • stone

    Sigh, okay staying on the positive with a quick question:
    what are city/nhood that folks still think are genuine and limit it to US and Portland, OR cannot be an answer either. And also, think a genuine place where you yourself would not be considered a poser by going there.
    (sorry Matt, although I know folks would have interesting things to say about both Vancouver and Montreal.)

  • stone

    Sigh, okay staying on the positive with a quick question:
    what are city/nhood that folks still think are genuine and limit it to US and Portland, OR cannot be an answer either. And also, think a genuine place where you yourself would not be considered a poser by going there.
    (sorry Matt, although I know folks would have interesting things to say about both Vancouver and Montreal.)

  • bryson

    I wish I would have known about the free pizza on the 5th! I’m still conflicted about my feelings for Pizza Fusion, I will (at your behest) try them again however…

  • bryson

    I wish I would have known about the free pizza on the 5th! I’m still conflicted about my feelings for Pizza Fusion, I will (at your behest) try them again however…