Trying new foods can be intimidating for those with sensitive taste buds and squirmy stomachs. Although strange combinations might sound revolting, different, contrasting flavors and textures are often surprisingly pleasing. When in and around Seattle, consider these venues, dishes and drinks for a taste of something new and interesting.
Unicorn on Capitol Hill is nearly as rare as spotting a legendary horse with a horn. In addition to its vibrant, hipster appearance, the menu item names can induce a double take. Order a Magical Unicorn Burger, topped with sriracha cream cheese, cole slaw and crispy onion rings.
Bizarre, but not totally outlandish, right? Here's the kicker: all hamburgers are available deep fried. Complete your deep fried hamburger meal with a side of Unicorn Balls, fried ginger and jalapeno pork balls, and a Unicorn Jizz cocktail, a sweet concoction of mango vodka, triple sec, orange juice, sweet 'n' sour mix, grenadine and Sprite that will leave anything but an unpleasant taste in your mouth.
Take shelter from frequent Seattle showers and cozy up at Shelter Lounge in Ballard. Their happy hour (and regular) menu feature two particular items of interest: PB&J Jalapeno Poppers and Avocado Fries.
The poppers are stuffed with cream cheese and peanut butter and served with sweet, spicy jelly and the avocado fries are breaded, deep fried and served with your choice of sauce. Try both items for a mere $7 total during happy hour from 4-6 p.m. daily.
If a good old fashioned hot dog is what you're craving, you can find it and much, much more at Po Dogs' two locations in Capitol Hill and the University District. The classic Seattle Dog features cream cheese and scallions and is a traditional favorite for many Seattleites.
For sushi fans, try the hybrid Po Roll, made with fresh cucumber, cream cheese, crusted Panko and deep fried, served with a side of wasabi aioli. It's sushiastic! Po Dog diners can also create their own specialty dogs with toppings like macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, banana and guacamole.
If you venture out of city limits, across Lake Washington and north to Kirkland, enjoy another PB&J novelty at The Slip, a local waterfront eating establishment with homemade American fare and handcrafted cocktails.
Their GO PBJ specialty burger has been rated "evil good," served with grilled onions, pickle, chipotle raspberry jam and peanut butter. It's like the spicy, exciting version of PB&J for adults!