If you’re a Seattleite, let’s face it – you will, most likely, at some point in the time that you live in this wonderful city, be very drunk, very late at night, somewhere in Fremont. Maybe you saw some local hipster band at the High Dive. Perhaps it was a slightly bigger, regional band at Nectar. Possibly – there was no live music involved and you drank yourself silly to tunes from a jukebox or bartender’s iPhone at one of Fremont’s many other drinking establishments.
So here you are. It’s 2am. It could be any day of the week – no one is judging you and your bad decision to get sloppily drunk on a random Tuesday night. Ok, maybe I’m judging you just a little bit by using the phrase ‘bad decision’. But who really cares? You’re drunk and have no inhibition so you’d probably just tell me to go fuck myself anyway, right?
But back to where we were – you’re drunk. You’re hungry. You realize it has been hours since you last ate and you can now feel all that booze sloshing around in your empty stomach and you need to get something, ANYTHING in there. Well, that anything is dumplings from Pelmeni Dumpling Tzar. Why? Because they’re open until 2:30am EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK.
You’re also choosing Pelmeni because those boiled little doughy balls filled with beef or potato are delicious. That’s it for your choices – beef, potato or a combination of both. They’re served with a dollop of sour cream, a splash of vinegar and a sprinkle of curry powder, then topped with a piece of rye bread.
There are also a few different kinds of salads you can buy – sweet and spicy carrot, caraway cabbage or creamy cucumber. Maybe you need to complete your drunken night that’s already been filled with bad decisions (I know! I’m totally judging you again!) with a huge pickle that’s sitting in a jar on the counter. Go ahead. You know you want one. With all the things you’ve done tonight and may continue to choose to do after this meal, a pickle that’s been sitting in a jar on the counter will probably be the least of your worries.
Take your container after your order is called and go eat in the little outside alcove behind the kitchen. Don’t worry. They have a heat lamp for you and besides; the fresh air will do you good. Sit and enjoy, be proud of yourself for successfully procuring food in your current state of mind and navigating your way to this awesome little food spot located in a random alley in Fremont.
Pelmeni Dumpling Tzar is located at 3516 Fremont Pl. Seattle, WA 98103. They are open 7 days a week from 11am until 2:30am. www.pelmenirestaurant.com