Seattle >Food & Dining > Kingfish Cafe The
602 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811247.624565 -122.307177
Neighborhoods: Stevens, Capitol Hill
One of the few places in Seattle for – About as true South as Seattle gets from all-day fried chicken (get it with waffles), house gravy and imported southern hot sauce (bolder than most). Come for breakfast, stay for wings for dinner!
Southern comfort food means huge portions here, with entrees like fried chicken, catfish and "Down Home" mac-and-cheese. It's hard to believe that diners still manage to find room for the over-the-top desserts that include a terrific coconut layer cake. Go hungry!
Great food – went for the first time last week and was just knocked out by the food, the service ( thanks Conner), will be going back every chance we get.
Love the Kingfish – We love the Kingfish. It is where we celebrate every big occasion---and where we go whenever possible in between! The food is wonderful (the Fried Chicken Salad is my all time favorite)...and getting dessert is an absolute must! Great Strawberry Shortcake and to-die-for cakes! The service is always been friendly and helpful, the ambience is wonderful. If you haven't been, you gotta go!
Nice Spot – I went for the first time last week....It was a very nice spot I really enjoyed myself.....the food is good....Now I wont lie...it's not like Grammas :0) but it's damn good!! No complaints...Dont pay attention to all the other uptight comments....sometimes you can't please people no matter what you do...For the price, atmosphere and location and VIBE ALONE this is a cool spot for drinks and eats 2 thumbs up !!
Will not be going back – After waiting at our table for twenty minutes without any service, we had to go to the front to ask for a server. When she did come, she did not apologize for completely ignoring us. Server was rude throughout the entire experience and acted like we were bothering her.
Before ordering the server said her credit card machine was down and we would have to pay with cash or check (there is not a close ATM). After waiting for an hour, we did not want to get up so we said we would take our chances that her machine would be fixed (it was later in the meal). I have been in retail stores when the credit card machine goes down and they just write down your credit card number and run it later when their machines are fixed, of course no such solution was offered here.
Next, unknown to us, our table was given the winter menu. When the salmon did not have mashed potatoes with it, I asked where they were. The server acted like I made it up even though both my husband and I read it on the menu. I asked for a menu and after quite some time she returned with a spring menu, no potatoes listed. The server just shrugged and said I must have had the winter menu and walked away.
My husband had the ribs and thought they were very average.
There was no toilet paper nor was there any paper towels in ladies bathroom. I went into the men's bathroom (door was open) and they were out of toilet paper as well.
I go out all the time and this has been my worst restaurant experience in many years.
About AS Southern as Bjork – If I were Randy Jackson, I'd call this place "pitchy" and say, "Ya lost me, dawg."
I don't even want to go into a lot of detail about this because, to me as a life-long Southerner, this place just doesn't add up. It will probably satisfy anyone who has never had real, home-made Southern cooking, daily, for their whole lives, but it's really just somebody's *idea* of Southern food. Their own bio says that the Coaston sisters weren't cooks before they decided to open KingFish and it shows. Everything SORTA tastes like what the dish is supposed to be but there's something off about every single one. I hesitate to trash any restaurant trying to turn out Southern food because I miss it and wish I could get it somewhere other than my own kitchen but there is a HUGE difference between Southern food as made by a person who has made it since they could reach the stove and someone who got some recipes from their family so they could open a funkily-chic restaurant in Seattle. I put in the time to go back and try everything and none of it was more than a vague shadow of what anybody's grandmother would turn out in their kitchen in Tuscaloosa, Jackson, Valdosta, or Chatanooga. If you don't KNOW Southern food - intimately and with your soul involved - this bloodless imitation will probably be a perfectly adequate change of pace for you. I sorta wish I could eat it the same way. Maybe if they removed any references to the South from the place and just called it food. But my expectations for people who claim to make Southern food go a lot higher than Kingfish.
A lousy evening at the Kingfish Cafe – I have to assume this restaurant has gone way downhill recently; friends I trust used to love it. But all the food tonight was bland and tired-tasting with way too much breading. And then there was the service, with a waitress who seemed to dislike her job and was never even pleasant. She let our food get cold on the counter, had to be asked twice for our drinks, never produced the salad we ordered. The standbys of fried chicken and catfish were just very poor. Avoid this very over-rated place.
Great Food – I live on Capital Hill, and have never been here until last night.
What a cool spot
A Great Southern Dining Experience – Had dinner on a Sunday night at 6PM. My son and I were immediately seated. Service was fast, efficient, and very friendly (they even sweetened my ice tea for me, twice, once without me asking). We had catfish and chicken with ample sides-well prepared and very tasty. Can't wait to get back to Seattle to explore their menu some more. I'd highly recommend the restaurant.
Avoid at all costs – Please - don't waste your time or money. Four (4) of us went Fri, Aug 29,2008. We were told there would be a 20 min wait. At end of 20 they said they were preparing a table for us. Then another 15 min and they sai "oh, we has a big party come in and the table we has prepared for you we gave to them. Two or three times later they came and asked, in succession, is this for 3 people, then two people, and last five. Each time we said four.Then, after our complaints they begrudgingly "found" a table in the back of the room by the kitchen entrance - our reward for a complaint. First things first. We ordered a bottle of wine (priced 200% over retail). After 3 tries the bottle was delivered AFTER our appitizers and our meal arrived. One of 4 orders was wrong. Fried chicken - leg, thigh & breast. The breast was so dry it was terrible. The thigh and leg somewhat better. The coleslaw and potatoe salad at best average. Service nonexistant. Was anything comped for our problems - no, of course not. Do yourself a favor and find another place. Perhaps Monsoon across the street with real food and real service.
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