I was going to ask everyone to guess what city this was taken in, except that might be too obvious. Each week, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields hosts a meeting of the FRIDAY FICTIONEERS. She posts a photograph, and an august group of writers pen a 100 word flash fiction based on their impression. Sometimes she ‘borrows’ one of those writer’s photos… this week she chose one of mine.
Instead of writing a fiction story, I thought it would be interesting to share my thoughts, and more photos of the Icon Grill. For the first time in my Friday Fictioneers history I will write more than 100 words… Hey, it’s my photo and my story! I always stuck to the 100 words because I was afraid of Rich, who believe me, counts every one. It’s been over 14 months since I wrote my first story… I had commented on one of Madison Wood’s FF pieces and she suggested I write one… I said I couldn’t because I wasn’t a writer… She said “Bullshit!” So I did… here is my first FriFic story… Friday Fictioneers#1… Semi-Precious Gememoir… not exactly fiction, but a start.
My new favorite restaurant in Seattle is the Icon Grill, under the monorail train track across 5th Ave from the Westin Hotel. I like to stay at the Westin… right in the heart of downtown and a block away from The Palace Kitchen. A short walk to the Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market, Tom Douglas Restaurants, Penzey Spices, all the theaters that count, and shopping. In short… all the things I like to do in Seattle. I’d looked at ‘The Grill’ before and didn’t pay much attention, maybe I was a bit put off by the tacky marquee in front…most likely left over from some old diner long before the Westin. The neon sign was pretty cool though, so we checked out the menu in the window and were surprised at how upscale it seemed. I was in town with my friend Michel Ann to see the musical “Flashdance” at the Paramont Theater. She really wanted Crab Benedict, and they had it listed so we went for breakfast at the Icon Grill. We were not really ready for the assault on the senses upon entering. There was stuff everywhere you looked… paintings, lamps, blown glass orbs of every shape, size and color… and the colors of the restaurant with the rich wood was absolutely beautiful. Like a decorator on steroids… but I got the feeling it all evolved over the years, and that’s what makes it special to me. We were seated in a spacious comfortable booth and ordered. The food was exceptional without being ‘over the top’ with cuteness that seems to make the rounds these days. Priced fairly, and best of all… great coffee! But what also impressed me, was that our waiter Michael had been serving diners there for 13 years… that is the mark of a good restaurant, or any business, when the ‘help’ stays like that. I was taught how to be a bartender by Liz Sinclair at Paragary’s Bar and Oven in Sacramento some 35 years ago… she is still tending bar at Paragary’s… and last time I was there I saw a few waiters I worked with then. That restaurant is family… and I could see by the interaction of the staff, that the Icon Grill is family. The art of being a good server is to make the diners feel they are welcome and important… without letting them know you are doing it. To size up the table and know how much interaction will make them happy, and know when to shut up. That is tricky to do well, I like to think I was pretty good… Michael is excellent at his job. I couldn’t wait to start taking photos of this ab fab place, I couldn’t help it. The banquet or meeting room blew me away… and the men’s room, well there’s a photo below. I used to hang out in bars a lot, and if I had lived in Seattle, this would have been my bar. The beautiful and relaxing ambience of the Icon settled a feeling of comfort and joy into that booth… the company didn’t hurt either. Michel Ann loved her Crab Benedict and the bite she shared was delicious… that’s my choice next trip. Here is the photo Rochelle chose for the prompt…
And here are some more of the Icon Grill. If you are ever in Seattle… go see Michael and tell him I sent you. Their motto is Aroused Americana!
Here’s the ICON GRILL!