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July 20, 2010

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Wow that place is AWESOME!

Yes, I remember; what a weird place, but I did go there often.

That was a great restaurant!!

Are you kidding? This was at the same location? Are there any traces they left in place at Hall St?

I still can't believe when I drive by Schucks auto parts and remember when it was Earthquakw Ethels...

I was actually the general manager of Clinkerdaggers for a couple of years. We had to answer the phone "Clinkerdagger Bickerstaff and Petts Public House My I help you?" That was a mouthfull!
That was back when Restaurants Unlimited was the best restaurant company around.

Why did they leave. Every time we went there it was a 20 min wait or longer. The parking lot was full.

Look what they made employees wear! And that ridiculous pepper grinder. Hilarious...

I worked there when I was 17 .
Lucky for me I was in the back of the house. The famale servers and bussers were called Wenches.

We had many business lunches there. Our customers loved it.

And I thought I was the sensible one. Thanks for setting me srtigaht.

Why did they leave. Every time we went there it was a 20 min wait or longer. The parking lot was full.
+1

EXCELLENT food!

The picture of Clinkerdagger's here was taken in 1977 at the new Bellevue, Washington location. The people in the picture are...seated to the left is the general manager Ruth and her husband Chris LeSourd. Across the table from them is the evening dinner manager, Pat Dean and his wife. The waiter, was Craig Jones and yes that was the uniform we were given. I was on the opening crew there. First hired as a wine steward then I moved to the wait staff. At the time, there were very few good restaurants in Bellevue and Restaurants Unlimited hit a home run with this location. It lasted until about the early 80's when it changed to Morgan's Lakeplace with the new clean look and decor. Its now The Crab Pot and a shadow of its former glory.
The reason that they made everyone wait, is that they wanted you to go in the bar and run up a bar tab and then seat you in the dining room. They figured if you had to wait a bit, it only made the dining experience that much more special.

The food was good...the prime rib was pretty incredible ( on some nights spectacular) The whole meal deal gave you a choice of a huge salad or this heavy beef stew/ soup called Steak Pottage. Unlimited bread...and also part of the dinner. Usually people came in and were pretty hungry...by the time they inhaled their salad, soup and a few thick slices of bread, they were full. The entrees were also heavy on meats with gravy and sauces. Ironically, those sauces and gravies were all made from dry packets...nothing was made from scratch using real stock as is the case today.

The dessert of the house was a creme brulee called burnt cream and it was served in a special pewter dessert cup. It was always the best. I have been told that Clinkerdagger's was the first place in the states to offer this. It had been around in Britain for centuries.

My company had a sales meeting/dinner out at Clinker Daggers. When the waiter came around to take our wine orders, one of us who was being a smart ass, asked him if they had any RIPPLE? every one laughed, but about twenty minutes later the waiter came back with a bottle of ripple in a brown paper sack.

I was stationed (home based) at Ft. Lewis ,Wa. from 1973 thru 1981. My favorite place to eat was at the ClinkerDagger Biggerstaff and Pett. in Lakewood. The dining atmosphere made it such a special place to go and take a date.
Couldn't go as often as I would like, but whenever I did go, it was ALWAYS special. The Staff was friendly, the service Fantastic and the FOOD the absolute best. The Prime Rib was SOOO Good(melted in your mouth), The salads cold, crisp, and fresh. The Bread hot, Fresh from the oven and the smell intoxicating.
I REALLY WISH THAT THEY WERE STILL OPEN OR IF SOMEONE WERE SMART ENOUGH AND HAD THE RESOURCES, BRING IT BACK OR ONE VERY MUCH LIKE IT! People today are missing a GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE!

I only ate there once, around 1975 when I was in the Navy, stationed in Bremerton, WA. I absolutely loved it, both the food and the atmosphere. I wish we had one here in upstate NY. It would be a welcome change from the rubber stamp chain restaurants than infest the area now.

Aaahh! I sooo remember Clinkerdaggers in Bellevue! I also have eaten at the one in Spokane (on the river) a few times in the not too distant past...when I've gotten up that way. Have always loved it! A flashback to Ye Olde England! lol Food was always THE greatest! Wish there were more of them around!

We used to go to the one in Beaverton, OR quite often in the late 70's/early 80's. We always ordered the Beef Wellington. It was great!!

I went several times to the one in Anchorage Alaska. We are visiting up to Anchorage again and my husband said, "Do they still have that Binkerstaff or whatever place. Man that was good." Sad to see it go. Guess American restaurants have given way to all the Mexican restaurants. That's a statement.

My parents took me there for dinner on my 13th birthday (just the three of us, no little brother, I felt sooo grown up!). My Dad introduced me to prime rib with horseradish and I LOVED it. I think of this restaurant every time I have prime rib... :)

StrongBear. Fort Lewis 1980-1984. My wive, family and I loved the place. PCS'ing from Germany, It eased withdrawal symptoms.

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