Friday, June 11, 2010

Power Up at the Power House

Nope. It’s not the name of a trendy church, it’s the name of a restaurant. Cheryl, Paige, and I went to the Power House Restaurant & Brewery in Puyallup, Washington for lunch. Paige happened to bring her camera along so I took a few photos.

The Powerhouse was at one time a working power substation, supplying energy for the southern leg of the Interurban Electric Trolley, which ran from Seattle to Olympia. It stopped supplying power in 1957, and was vacated by the power company in 1969. Fortunately, an enterprising architect purchased it in 1994 and renovated it to its current state.

The inside is filled with all sorts of old electrical gauges and gadgets. It’s got a huge skylight in the center, so is nice and bright even on a cloudy day. You can also take a look at the beer works, where they craft their own microbrews. As far as ambiance goes, this place is my favorite.

Cheryl had the Mediterranean Plate, I had halibut, and Paige had a Black Bean Burger. This is the first time I’ve seen pressed black beans, or grilled black beans. It was definitely tasty. One of the beers listed on the board mentioned something about a “nitrogen conditioned chocolate” stout. I guess that’ll be my excuse for going back.


Norman Teigen said...

Cool pix.

Scott Diekmann said...

Thanks Norman.

Robbie F. said...

"Nitrogen conditioned" - like Guinness on tap. They use nitrogen bubbles instead of CO2 because for some reason to do with the density of the beer, stout doesn't hold a head as well with CO2 as with N2. With N2 you get a nice, compact foam of ultra-fine bubbles, almost like a milk mustache.

Buy Guinness in a can sometime, the can comes with a nitrogen cartridge that explodes when you open the can. Thus you get fresh N2 bubbles with each can & the empties have a nice rattle...