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Bimbos Bitchin' Burrito Kitchen - Journal of Omnifarious

Nov. 16th, 2003

04:32 pm - Bimbos Bitchin' Burrito Kitchen

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Today I was sent on a trek to a place called "Bimbos Bitchin' Burrito Kitchen" by my good friend, Melissa (who doesn't have an LJ). She is just the sort of person to love a place with a name like that.

After some misunderstandings about how Seattle streets work, and where exactly 506 E Pine St is (which are neatly solved with my laptop and a random handy wireless network), I arrive expecting to find someplace unique, and I'm not disappointed.

I've never seen such bizarre and busy decor in any restaurant I've ever been in. It makes TGI Friday's look like the solemn office of a defeated head of state by comparison. Various totems of Mexican culture hang from the ceiling like colorful fetishes warding off the grey dreariness of a typical Seattle winter day. 80's music pumps through the space like some subconcious attractant for the likely clientele of late 20s and early 30s bohemians.

The wall the restroom door is in is covered by a dim orangey picture of some tropical paradise. Were it not for the ordinary looking unisex restroom sign, the door might be difficult to find in the wall as its covered by the picture as well.

The food is good, but not spectacular. The menu advertises that it's all vegetarian except the meat. And, indeed, no menu item has meat by default. It's an add-on for all of them. In fact, there are substitutions available to make their burritos safe for those people insane enough to be Vegan.

The burrito I receive upon asking for a Burrito Inferno with no rice and beef is so big and juicy that it begins seriously escaping the confines of the tortilla it's been wrapped in by the time it's a third finished. I follow the example of another patron and take the paper wrapping off of my plate, and use a fork to eat the burrito off of the plate.

True to it's name, it is on the spicy side, though well within my tolerance.

Oooh, the "Styx" song that starts as a wistful love song, and ends with aliens (Sailing Away I believe) has started...

It's time to begin my adventuresome trek back. I may try taking a bus, though I really don't have a good idea where it will go.

One idea I had for learning the bus system (Oooh, here come the aliens in their starship (he initially thought they were angels (they should've played this song during "Cocoon"))) was to take week off from work, and spend the entire week armed with a cell phone, a pocket full of cash, taking random busses to see where I'd end up. I figure, no matter where I end up, it can't be more than a $40 taxicab ride from downtown Seattle, and the area will have T-Mobile cell phone coverage so I can call said cab. By the time that week was up, I'd have a pretty good intuitive feel for where the busses went and feel much more confident taking them.

BTW, the bathroom of Bimbos was lit only by darkroom red lights and a big blacklight. The walls were black with lots of various colored dots of various sizes. I discovered that my purple Voltaire shirt looks fantastic in blacklight. The quote ("Those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.") glows, just like it should everywhere. The bathroom fit the place as a whole.

Now I'm in some other coffee shop on Pine & Melrose with wireless access. They're playing "The Wall" at just the right volume that it'd be pretty easy to have a conversation with someone sitting next to you. Lots of people with laptops and/or studying. The walls are bookshelves which they are unafraid of covering with numbered paintings that are both less pretentious and more creative than what I usually see in Minneapolis coffee shops.

Whee, it's "Money" by Pink Floyd.

Current Music: 80's music I like and

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From:rosencrantz319
Date:November 16th, 2003 04:50 pm (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 16th, 2003 04:58 pm (UTC)
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I didn't check, though I did take a picture of something for you. A particularly nice view of a long Seattle street that doesn't end til it gets to Puget Sound.

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From:ladon13
Date:November 16th, 2003 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Honey....just a word of warning....you don't want to just wander around on busses in seattle. Lest you end up on an island or far east or south, which you can guarentee will cost you more than $40 to get back. *hugs*

And in response to the comment about irish beer and mexican food...I need to have you over for dinner sometime soon to show you what real mexican food is and proof that it doens't go with irish beer.
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 17th, 2003 09:02 am (UTC)
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Statements that begin with "I should just take a week off from work" aren't usually ones I will take action on. :-)

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 24th, 2004 09:50 pm (UTC)

bimbos

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I know that when I go places I usually end up walking all over hell and creation, but by almost anyone's standards Bimbos is within walking distance of downtown. I remember the first ten or so times I went to Seattle I ate at Bimbos each time, probably because I could listen to Iggy at a relatively high volume. And I remember sitting at the bar eating one of the mammoth burritos you mentioned (probably spilling it all over myself) when another woman came to the bar. She asked if I came there often. When I said that it was the only place I had ever eaten in Seattle, she asked if I was from out of town. I said, "Yes, I live in Tacoma." She had her food put in a to go box and left immediately. I am probably not a good indication of the clientele though, so don't let that dissuade you from going back.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 26th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)

gone are the days

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bimbos has great food! you should check out the menu a bit more. but gone are the days when they had a sister name spagetti reds! if you could get past the i'm too cool for suicide staff- the food was awesome!!!!

and try not to bypass the little coffee shop on pine & melrose again- Bauhaus ( don't forget the name) is the BEST coffee shop in seattle!!
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From:omnifarious
Date:July 26th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)

Re: gone are the days

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I like that place. Why do you consider it the best in Seattle?

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 27th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)

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because the staff has a great mix of cool ( nice) people and their regular americanos taste like good creamy lattes. and they are a small business that has made it big! TOP POTS!! just plain love the coffee
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 23rd, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)

Bimbo's Bitchin burrito kitchen

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Every time I order food there it is made wrong or simply disgusting. Who ever heard of putting limp soggy lettuce on a burrito? And can't they tell between chicken, beef and mashed potato? Really not worth the risk to eat here.
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From:omnifarious
Date:August 23rd, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)

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While I didn't think it was that abysmal, I do admit that the food was not compelling enough to bring me back. The bathroom and atmosphere are a one-time novelty, and not enough by themselves to bring me back after having experienced them once.

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