Historic Chicken-Dinner Inn

Tonight I met old friends at the Roanoke Inn, an historic tavern at the north end of Mercer Island. Built in 1914 to serve ferry riders arriving for day trips from Seattle, it resembles an East Coast neighborhood country club and absolutely brims with business still today. It is rumored to have once been a brothel and then a bit of a speak-easy during prohibition, and to this day is open only for adults 21 and over. In warm weather, you can play croquette on the back lawn. I love this place and can’t believe I lived in Seattle twenty years before visiting for the first time last summer. I’d like to link you to their home page but they are so old-school, they don’t have one. A true Seattle classic.


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