Captain Blacks (Capitol Hill)

129 Belmont Ave E
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 327-9549

Right next door to the Stumbling Monk, Captain Blacks is a bar with two decks, a slight nautical theme, and fried chicken and waffles (yes!). The oyster po' boy is also quite good. While salad is available, no one orders it, and most of the food here glistens: beer-battered onion rings, deep-fried Beecher's cheese curds. (An off-menu special: a waffle with a scoop of Molly Moon's vanilla ice cream, aka the Molly Rogers.) The namesake is a pipe tobacco; the apostrophe was lost at sea.
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Cheese curds no more!

Sadness: they no longer make cheese curds, which were so delicious. Also too, apparently they never had beignets (bartender: "I don't know why they're on the menu"). And they might not make cassoulet anymore (or they might just have been out of mushrooms).

BJC - there's a story here: sounds like one of the owners has walked off the field and taken his curds with him...

Anyway, looks like the barkee is in for stormy weather.
Still have a great deck and good drinks. But no cheese curds is a keel-hauling offense.
Posted by hairyson on September 5, 2012 at 9:14 PM · Report this

Don't order food and you will love it here.

Drinks are great, patio is divine, food is overpriced and, on a good day, forgettable. So don't order food and you won't be disappointed! Simple enough.
Posted by TMK on June 28, 2010 at 7:08 PM · Report this
Make up your mind. Bars don't advertise chicken, waffles, and po'boys up and down the street and restaurants don't have shady twenty-somethings at the door demanding I.D. from 40 year olds.

There are several dozen more welcoming places within walking distance that cut the attitude and don't treat their customers like potential gang bangers. It's a pity Captain Blacks can't figure out who their customers are, because I really wanted to try the chicken and was looking forward to a cold beer on the patio.
Posted by Encolpius on July 28, 2009 at 11:13 PM · Report this
Oh god, if I wasn't excited enough, I just found out they show Sounders games and have free WiFi. I'd scrub the poop deck to keep this place open.
Posted by dingleberry dipshit on June 23, 2009 at 5:54 PM · Report this
Large deck!
$8 Rainier pitchers, inexpensive beer
$4 fries w/good dip choices (liked 5/6 of them)
$60 champagne bottle. I won't ever order it unless I get way too drunk, but I appreciate that it's there, in case I really do get too drunk.
Great service from the lady there (not sure if there is more than one).

Limited (and strange) beer selection. See menu.
$11 chicken and waffles is worth at least one try, but price is off-putting for drunken munchies. Otherwise I liked it.
That Half Price Books sign is a bit bright at night...

Set 3 sheets to the wind for Cap'n Blacks! When ordering $8 pitchers, tip big! I'm rooting for Cap'n Black too!

Posted by dingleberry dipshit on June 23, 2009 at 5:43 PM · Report this
I stopped in last night for my first time. I love what they've done with the space, particularly the outdoor deck, but I do have concerns.

I had the chicken po-boy and chips and was very impressed with the seasoning and flavor of the chicken however, I found the bread to chicken ratio to be way off. I enjoyed the bread but there was just too much of it, too many bread only bites. This brings me to my second concern... the price. I think $10 for essentially two chicken strips is too expensive. I think adding a chicken strip to each half would remedy both of this problems.

While I loved the flavor of the chicken, I cannot see ordering it again at the same price unless more chicken is added. Hopefully they are open to making some adjustments. I'm rooting for you Cap'n Black!
Posted by Huffy on June 19, 2009 at 9:40 AM · Report this

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