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The Happiest Hour

Ridge Pizza on Phinney Ridge

The Happiest Hour

Kelly O

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Kelly O

Aside from being well lit and notably kempt, Ridge Pizza is defined by its sum of noncharacteristics. The space is neither large nor small, the crowd is neither dense nor scrimpy, the tone is neither glamorous nor depraved, and all the customary accessories outfit the scene: the earth tones, the slatted wood, the lightbulbs in cages. It's also a family-friendly venue, rendering it free of drunken shitheads. There's a mini video arcade, the booths are roomy, and on a Thursday evening, somebody's grandmother is quietly hanging out and no one is harassing her.

What else: Ridge Pizza is named for its Phinney Ridge location, which is named for its developer, a lumber mill baron and squillionaire named Guy Phinney who also founded the Woodland Park Zoo. In commemoration, the Ridge has historic photos on display, though they're light on the thrills. Subjects include a plot strewn with mangy trees, an old gate, and a couple camels looking so pointedly nonchalant, they come off as assholes.

Happy hours: Daily 3–6 pm and 9–11 pm.

Happy-hour drink specials: None, but just get something anyway—$5.50 pints (Deschutes Oktoberfest, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale) or the $8.50 Algernon cocktail (Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, muddled cucumber and lemon, simple syrup, soda water).

Happy-hour food specials: A nice little menu including $4 eight-inch personal pizza, $1 per additional topping (kalamatas, artichoke hearts, anchovies, capers, eggplant, more); $3 garlic cheese bread (with marinara); $6 artichoke dip (with toasted crostini); $5 turkey meatballs (they're huge and come with marinara and cheese). recommended

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Pithy Name 1
Love this place. Tasty tasty.
Posted by Pithy Name on November 27, 2012 at 2:56 PM · Report this
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Awesome place. I go here when dog sitting for family and it is really great. Solid taps. Only one or two that rotate but still a nice selection.
Posted by spoons on November 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM · Report this
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The pizzas there are outstanding. They're all named after some connection to the neighborhood, such as the fire station, Santoro's Books, Oliver's Twist, etc. I was sooo skeptical about a "family-friendly" restaurant opening up in the n'hood, but this place has quickly become a great asset. (I seem to recall that the owner also owns 74th Street Alehouse up the street. Has anyone else heard that?)
Posted by NotYourStrawMan on November 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM · Report this
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Never actually had their cocktails, but it's a wonderful place regardless.
Posted by MLM on November 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM · Report this
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Let's see, they've got booths, light-bulbs, photographs, and Thursday evenings,

what about doors and windows?, do they have doors and windows?

WHAT ABOUT THE GODDAMN PIZZA?
is this a review? or free advertisement ala Seattle
Times and Rob McKenna?

Is it thick or thin crust, what kind of toppings, how was the service, was it overpriced, average, or cheap? those are the kinds of things in a review, not wood paneling, and rambling grannies.

the commenters gave better more informative review than the writer.
Posted by for what its worth on November 27, 2012 at 5:51 PM · Report this
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Good food and good service. But please please please address the acoustics.
Posted by DisplayName on November 28, 2012 at 1:07 AM · Report this
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@3: Believe one owner is actually that of Prost (near 74th) and its associated bars. Think another is that of Nickerson Street Saloon.

With all that pedigree, its semi-bland but totally passable decor and food seem to make sense.
Posted by thename on November 28, 2012 at 1:42 AM · Report this
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Thanks, thename. It is Prost, not 74th Street Alehouse that he owns. Didn't know about the NSS. As for "semi-bland but totally passable decor and food", success speaks for itself. The place is usually hopping and is clearly filling a niche.
Posted by NotYourStrawMan on November 28, 2012 at 9:28 AM · Report this
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Agreed, NYSM. It is generally decently busy and clearly filled a niche. That said, Phinney Ridge lunch options are fairly slim pickings. Like I said it's totally, comfortably fine and people are happy enough to patronize it. Which is a good thing.

But, as you say: success speaks for itself. Which is why I'll keep my fingers crossed for a Red Robin, Chipotle, Jimmy John's, or some other focus-grouped, successful product.
Posted by thename on November 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
McGee 10
Yes it's everybody else that's the outlier. Not your shitty taste at all, eh @9?
Posted by McGee on November 29, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
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Apparently I missed the <sarcasm> tag in my comment.
Posted by thename on November 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM · Report this

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