Monday, August 10, 2009

Lunch #3: Industry Lounge

Industry Lounge During our previous visit to the area we scouted out the Industry Lounge next door to Matt's to see if it could be considered a lunch spot. Not only do they have a lunch menu of typical bar fare, but on Tuesdays they serve all-you-can-eat tacos. This is the kind of challenge that the PBR150 lunchers cannot pass up. Bring on Taco Tuesday.

Industry Lounge, Seattle
Average Rrrrrating: 2.8 R's
Address: 6601 E. Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA, 98108
Cuisine: American: Bar
Lunch date: 6/30/2009 @ 12:00:00
Time taken to be seated: 0 minutes
Time to take order: 0 minutes
Time for food to arrive: 1 minutes
Total lengh of meal: 30 minutes
Chair quality: Medium
Beers on tap: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Manny's Pale Ale, Budweiser, Bud Light, Speakeasy's Big Daddy IPA, Hoegaarden
Bar type: Full Bar
Year Established: 2009
Number of tables: 11
Number of occupied tables: 3 (27%)
Number of white collar tables: 1 (33%)
Number of blue collar tables: 2 (66%)
Healthcode Score: 8
Links: Yelp! , Urbanspoon
Industry Lounge

Luncher: Emmett

Tacos, 4 and a half of 'em Lunch: Tacos, 4 and a half of 'em - $4.75

Rrrrating: 3 out of 5 R's

This place has a fucking myspace page . That's how you know it's good. On Taco Tuesday, their menu consists of . . . Tacos. And Beer. The beer was cold, the service was great, and the tacos were delicious. Oh and the price was right. What more do you need to know?

Luncher: Geary

Tacos, 4 of 'em Lunch: Tacos, 4 of 'em - $4.75

Rrrrating: 2 out of 5 R's

The Industry Lounge is in a bleak looking cinder block building on the wrong side of Marginal Way. It is less dive bar looking inside than I expected, but it appears to be a typical blue collar everyman's bar. There is nothing ironic about the name.

Taco Tuesday at the Industry Lounge is an exclusive event. It is exclusively tacos. No burgers. No fries. Just tacos. All the tacos you can eat. "We can't make anything else until later in the day. Our grill is currently covered in taco meat." We ordered tacos and PBR. Duh.

This is the American taco. There is no pretending to be Mexican here. At our request the friendly bar lady delivered a new tray of crisp taco shells filled with ground beef and taco seasoning . We then filled them with toppings from the temporary toppings bar set up off to the side of the bar next to the cash machine. Toppings included sour cream, Pace Picante Sauce, lettuce, olives, Sriracha (the only standout), and cheddar cheese. I ate them. They filled my belly, but I longed for the crazy top .

Luncher: Adam

Tacos, 5 of 'em Lunch: Tacos, 5 of 'em - $4.75

Rrrrating: 2 out of 5 R's

When entering Industy, you'll be greeted by the cloud of smoke being in- and exhaled by the frequenters (and the employee) of this establishment. Good people looking for low priced food, and middle-school style tacos.

The waitress is going to come over and ask for your orders, which is mostly just asking: "what kind of beer do you want?" because you don't get an option for food on Tuesday, you only get tacos.

The tacos are exactly like the ones you made in college, and come from 100% pre-packaged ingredients. I can tell you their secret recipe: "a shitload of ground beef, and a crapload of taco seasoning". Now breakout the Sysco hard taco shells, add a tub of cream cheese, some generic jug of salsa, a bag of pre-shredded lettuce, and some heirloom tomatoes from the local farmers market (actually, I have no idea about the tomatoes because I friggin' hate tomatoes and all that they represent). Tada: Taco Tuesday!

Anyways: The PBR was cold, cheap and fresh. The tacos were tacos. The service was nice, and consisted of a single woman in the entire establishment. It wasn't bad, but I'm definitely looking forward to better food on this PBR-fueled food adventure.

Luncher: Scott

Tacos, 5 of 'em Lunch: Tacos, 5 of 'em - $4.75

Rrrrating: 3 out of 5 R's

Imagine you're in High School and you've invited all your friends over to enjoy the PBR that your parents left in the fridge. You've never made tacos, but you have been to the grocery store. What do you do? Well, you buy a bunch of ground beef and some packets of "taco seasoning" and then you buy a bunch of prepared foods, like shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, a big jug of Pace Picante sauce and a largish vat of Sour Cream. To spice things up, you probably dice the tomatoes yourself. Also, you have some Sriracha hot sauce on hand, so you're set.

Yep. That's exactly what it was like. Straight-off-the-package tacos. Not great. Not bad. I ate 5 because I was hungry, but I might have had 5 anyway. It won't kill you, and therefore will make you stronger.

Speaking of which, the entire matchbook supply was provided by "CJ" Johnson Bail Bonds. Seriously. Large bin of matches, each like the other. All bright yellow so you can find them when you get pulled over for drunk driving after having too many tacos and trying to drink your way to normalcy. I can't decide what it says to me that CJ was so willing to provide so many matches to such an establishment.

Luncher: Torrey

Tacos, 3 and a half of 'em Lunch: Tacos, 3 and a half of 'em - $4.75

Rrrrating: 4 out of 5 R's

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