Nothing like a perfect northwest summer day to try out a new casual restaurant in downtown Kirkland. After an afternoon of boating, we were still able to roll into a prime-O parking spot right behind the Steamers location at 228 Central Way. The layout has changed since the old Coyote Creek Pizza days- with less seating and more kitchen. They share a kitchen and bathrooms with The Wing Dome next door, which has the same owner. It has a beachy open feel with all the windows open to the street and a nautical theme inside. The crowd sort of ebbs and flows- with a line out the door and people jammed into the 10 or so tables and then 10 minutes later you're sitting there by yourself. This could be that I still smelled like the lake. :-)
We rolled the whole family in there and had to jockey for seating amongst the buzz of patrons. You order and pay at the counter and then your things get delivered to your table. The food came out fast and fresh- the adults had (2) fish tacos which comes with salad or fries for about $9. The tacos were tasty and pretty big so really only needed one. Other options I spied on the menu: fish/chips, calamari, scallops, salads, clams, soups and crab cakes. For the kids they offer: fish/chips, popcorn chicken, itty bitty burger, clammy strips or a mini corn dog for $4.99 w/ fries. I'm still a little haunted by my daughter's milk. "mom, this tastes funny," as if that and smelling it wasn't clue enough I took a sip. Still makes me wince. But no worries, they apologized and replaced it with an uncurtled version. The kids all got the popcorn chicken and liked it. Mom and Dad thought $5 was a bit expensive for a small basket of fried goods, but if the kids are happy and quiet then it's $5 well spent.
There are also a few beer and wine options and don't forget you can get ice cream (8 flavors available) or a brownie for dessert. Our bill ended up a little under $60 for din/beverages for 6 of us so assume $10/per person. The nice thing about this place is you can order up some fried fish and go Spud's style, or you can also find lighter fare if you don't want to blow your calorie count for the day. On the way out the kids wanted to know the new place is called. Steve told them it's "Steamers" but now they like to call it "Steve-ers" in his honor. Let us know if you've been and what you think! ~j