I always forget that I love Queen Anne. It's not even a two minute drive for us, but it feels like a whole different world from Belltown. The weather has definitely turned colder in the last few days, and just walking past all of the shops and restaurants in the chilly weather reminded me that sometimes the winter in Seattle isn't so bad. Of course, it's not raining tonight, so a few weeks from now, someone will need to remind me that I said that.
We walked in and the first thing I saw was a large homeade sign that said "PLEASE WAIT TO BE SEATED" in HUGE, bold, red and black letters along with a bunch of other smaller, bold text that I didn't get close enough to read. Ambiance isn't really Betty's thing. The actual space is cute. It definitely has a diner feel to me. It reminds B of Branzino, but I think that is likely just because of the wooden booths.The walls are lined with paintings that incorporate their name and the bar in the back is framed by two very pretty backlit stained glass pillars.
We started our meal with the fried green tomatoes and pork belly. I love fried green tomatoes even though I've only had them a few times. These were really good. Even B ate them and he generally avoids vegetables at all costs. He said they tasted like those he remembered eating growing up in Kentucky. The pork belly was outstanding. We were off to a running start.
B ordered the steak frites (his default when given the option). He was quick to point out this evening that it really was steak and fries since they were kept separate on the plate. The menu online says Steak Frites. The printed menu says Steak and Fries. I guess you get to decide.
Both dishes were fine. The sausage had a good texture and was just spicy enough. B's steak was also good, but the portion was enormous. We brought home a lot of food. Dessert was absolutely the highlight. We had a maple pecan sundae which was basically a bowl or praline ice cream with a little chocolate and candied pecans. The ice cream was awesome.
I've had better meals. In fact, I usually have better meals. It's not fair for that to reflect badly on Betty, though. The food was pleasant, the service was cheerful and attentive, the environment was warm. When it comes down to it, all it really does is highlight how truly fortunate we are to live in a city where we can afford to be critical of a place like this.