By Cassandra VanKeuren Special to the Herald
There are so many exciting things going on at the newly remodeled Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse that it’s hard to capture in a short dining review, but I will try to convey the coolness that is Diamond Knot.
Diamond Knot recently expanded into the space next to the old brewery, adding a family dining room and a walk-up coffee and ice cream bar.
The local Olympic Mountain Ice Cream bar is such a nice touch on the Mukilteo waterfront.
Diamond Knot also expanded to serve breakfast and soon will be serving spirits. Brewing events take place very week. For a schedule, check the restaurant’s web page.
The decor has a industrial wharf feeling with concrete floors and exposed beams. I really love that they kept the old signage from the previous business. Overall, it’s a real T-shirt and sandals kind of place, my favorite type of place to frequent.
We went to Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse on a Tuesday for my husband’s birthday. When we arrived, it was pretty busy, but the server gave us one of the pagers and told us it would be about 15 minutes.
Fifteen minutes later, we were seated in the family dining area and our drink orders were promptly taken. My husband had his stand by, the Blond Ale, and my son and I stuck with water.
The menu was pretty extensive and we had a hard time choosing what we wanted to eat. There were homemade soups, pizzas, tasty-sounding sandwiches, stone-grilled entrees brought to the table with their own hot stone, pastas and hand-formed burgers.
I was feeling adventurous and chose the peanut butter bacon burger with tater tots ($12.50).
My husband ordered the Blonde Ale fish burger with tater tots ($11.50) and my son ordered mac and cheese($4.50) from the kids menu.
We had to wait a while for our food because the place was very busy. When we did get our food, we were amazed by the size of everything.
My peanut butter bacon burger had bell peppers, onions, center-cut smoked bacon, two thin hamburger patties, cheddar cheese and sriracha sauce, all atop a freshly made baked brioche bun.
It sounds like an odd combo, and it is — but it is surprising tasty. The sriracha’s spiciness helps cut through the richness of the peanut butter and the bacon.
The portion was way too big for me, so I ate half of the burger.
I loved the tater tots, a nice departure from French fries. But I will have to try the fries next time because they make them in-house.
My husband’s fish sandwich consisted of Blond Ale hand-battered cod with a topping of tartar sauce, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese on that lovely brioche bun. The cod was fried beautifully, light and crisp, all very flavorful. A real nice pairing with the light blond ale.
I can tell the cooks here really look at every detail of their burgers and perfect them.
The one downfall with our meal was my son’s mac and cheese. He only ate a quarter of it because the sauce was grainy. I tasted it and agreed with him.
We declined dessert because we were too full, but it was very tempting with options like banana’s foster fried cheese cake and banana waffle split. Maybe next time.
And there will be a next time because there are so many delectable options for breakfast, happy hour and dinner, like chicken-fried meatloaf, chicken and waffles, prime rib and stout hash and so many more amazing meals.
And don’t forget, you can pick up craft brewed growlers and kegs for your next party or barbecue.
Diamond Knot Brewery and Alehouse
621 Front St., Suite A, Mukilteo; 425-355-4488; www.diamondknot.com
Specialty: Homemade pub food.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Sunday.
Vegetarian options: Yes.