The Press


Seattle Magazine (October 2014) ”Fall is a fantastic time to visit the patio of this gritty-ish Georgetown bar—famous for its lengthy roster of sandwiches. An expansive open-air, beer-friendly patio feels somewhat like a hidden garden with its bamboo-lined fence, potted plants and garden sculptures. There’s also a corrugated-steel-topped (and Christmas-light-draped) shelter with four wooden picnic tables and a chalkboard featuring beers on tap (Manny’s and PBR are regulars, four are rotating). And, for when there’s a chill in the air, a covered fire pit turned communal table comfortably seats 10.”

Seattle Weekly Brunch (April 2012) “Down Home meets Downtown. A mix of country cooking and a cool, unpretentious staff (my server went out of his way to open the door for me and wished me a nice afternoon on the way out) make this joint an unsung wonder.”

The New York Times “… places like Smarty Pants, where welders and Bettie Page-haircut hipsters chase pulled pork sandwiches with pints of Georgetown Brewing Company’s Manny’s Pale Ale.”

The Stranger “I order the corned beef hash with eggs and hash browns ($6.95) and cave in to my craving for a bloody mary ($6), which turns out to be the best decision of the morning. Lime and ice are crushed together, followed by a healthy spoonful of horseradish, spices, vodka, and tomato juice, before the concoction is violently shaken and served. It has the perfect amount of lime juice and horseradish to awaken the tongue and sinuses.”

The Seattle Times “The place oozes urban sophistication, from its interior scheme of raw brick and saturated wall color to its plentifully stocked bar, but the real measure of its savoir faire lies in its deceptively simple menu.”

Seattle Weekly “Smarty Pants in Georgetown. Owner and Chicago native Tim Ptak knows how to cook! He makes a great line of overstuffed sandwiches, really good potato salad, and chili (both vegan and meat). Tim buys all his ingredients locally. The cool thing about Smarty Pants is that they have a full vegetarian menu as well as a meat menu, so everyone can get what they want.”

Seattle P-I “Wonderfully retro — from its vintage motorcycle decor, concrete floors and exposed brick walls, right down to the Boraxo powdered hand soap in the bathrooms …”