Lot No. 3 Restaurant Review
Dainty eaters beware. Lot No. 3 is not for the feint of heart. Built on a foundation of bacon and bourbon, this is an all-in type of meal. While the crazy dieter could order a salad and ask for all the goodness left in the kitchen – don’t. Pony up. Order big. Indulge.
This is a restaurant that features seven different Manhattans and tops their PB&J with bacon. So get down and dirty in this rustic, urban atmosphere where sexy oozes from candles in mason jars and asking for a second napkin isn’t frowned upon.
Seating ranges from long barstool party tables to intimate booths and leather lounge chairs. Those just looking for a quick drink can saddle up to the circular bar where Lot No. 3’s collection of on-tap beers and current cocktail favorites are prominently displayed on a blackboard.
Noise levels can rise, but that’s all the more reason to lean in close. And fellas, if you’re worried about missing the big game while grubbing, they project major sporting events on the wall. At a recent tasting with Points Living residents and friends, all the men were very appreciative of this fact – it was game six of the NBA playoffs. The dinner party included Amy and Don Nordstrom, Dan and June Grayuski, Chris and Louon Carlisle, Ross and Tma Candoo, Jason Kono and Randal (Photographer).
As one of the Heavy Restaurant Group’s three Bellevue hot spots which include Cast Iron Studios, Lot No. 3 is connected to Purple, literally. They share bathrooms. They also share drink menus. Either restaurant is a great choice for a cocktail before dinner. Both carry a full bar menu.
For the sweet drinker, the Matterdaddi’s vodka and cointreau concoction is paired with passionfruit and pineapple. Those who like to sip with a bit of heat will love the Wicked Beets, Bro – a beet infused tequila spiked with a peppery bite from hellfire bitters. But the Manhattan’s own the drink spotlight. Playing with different bourbons, bitters and infused syrups, they’re a well-proportioned smoothness you could drink late into the evening.
Looking for a few, quick bites? Appetizers include candied slab bacon, pretzels with a selection of housemade sauces and goat cheese toast topped with apples and candied pecans.
Large plate entrées keep it just as down home with meat loaf and mac and cheese. It’s hard to go wrong with the red beans and rice, topped with a poached egg and andouille sausage. But, it’s the chicken and waffles that steal the show.
“If you come here, don’t order the salad. Order the chicken and waffles,” advised June Grayuski. The combination of boneless crispy chicken, malted waffles and bourbon-maple syrup, this had the entire table of diners raving.
Saving room while enjoying a meal like this might be difficult. Try anyways. The desserts are worth it, particularly the housemade cinnamon roll. “I’d come back just for this. It’s better than Cinnabon,” raved Chris Carlisle. These larger than your palm, gooey treats can be ordered to-go. (Word is, they re-heat nicely in the oven.) Chocolate lovers won’t be disappointed either with a fudgy caramel brownie or the salted pretzel caramel bites coated with chocolate.
This is a loosen-your-waistband kind of meal. It’s a talk and drink and nibble evening. Lot No. 3 is comfort food made sexy. Get ready to put your inhibitions to the side.