BURIEN, WA: Mark Restaurant & Bar

Mark Restaurant (yes, singular) first came to my attention via one of those coupon packs that come in the mail; it contained a BOGO offer from Mark. When I learned the spot also participated in a frequent-diner program to which I belong, I had to try it.

From the street, Mark Restaurant looks like a typical bar & grill. When you walk in the door, there's nothing to change that impression. In fact, the decor (if you can call it that) is eclectic shabby-industrial: concrete floors, posters advertising local goings-on taped to the exposed-brick wall, a bar that has seen better days, and a dining area where curtains hang from the high ceiling to create faux booths.

The menus match the rest of the place: both building and menus have apparently seen better days. But the items on the menu -- WOW!

Mark boasts a variety of items that you probably would have never have guessed: everything from nachos and wings to pizzas and burgers to filet mignon and lobster tail. On weekends, it offers brunch with Eggs Benedict, omelets, pancakes, biscuits & gravy, and other traditional breakfast fare.

On my first (and, to date, only) visit, I had a 1/2 Pear Beet Salad: roasted beets, pears,walnuts, and crumbled bleu cheese over mixed greens, served with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I also enjoyed the appetizer of Toasted Ravioli: breaded five-cheese ravioli, fried and served with a house marinara sauce.

The food was freshly-prepared and tasty, the service was prompt and pleasant, and the prices were pretty reasonable.

Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.

RECOMMENDATION: Worth a try (as long as you're not a stickler for ambiance)!

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