Classic pub setting offers a unique dining experience

REVIEW

A painted golden retriever sits with its head cocked to the side underneath large orange letters that spell out “Norm’s.” It looks inquisitive, wondering why anyone would hesitate to go inside.

Just standing outside of Norm’s Eatery & Alehouse in Fremont, anyone can immediately tell it isn’t like other pubs.

Stepping inside, two things come into immediate focus. First, and unsurprising for a restaurant, the smell of fryers and spices waft through the door. The second—and much more unusual—are the dogs seated at almost every table occupied.

Yes, real dogs.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon Canine themed adornments line the walls inside of Norm’s.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon
Canine themed adornments line the walls inside of Norm’s.

That patrons are allowed to bring their dogs inside while they dine is the main source of Norm’s popularity in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.

It’s the ultimate spot for any dog lover who also appreciates a good burger.

Dog themed paraphernalia adorns the walls in quirky mismatched frames, and every pup looks content and happy to be sitting side by side with their owners.

However, because Norm’s allows dogs inside, that means they, and the patrons who visit, must adhere to strict rules to appease the health department.

These rules are listed on every menu, informing customers that all dogs must be on leashes, no begging is allowed, and the dog must be able to handle crowds and other dogs, to name a few.

Norm’s can be prone to large lunch and dinner rushes, people spilling out of the building, and can become especially crowded on their popular trivia nights.

No pub is a true pub without classics like sliders, of which Norm’s has an impressive and unique selection of both wings and burgers; but Norm’s takes the typical pub menu a little further.

While offering the usual pub munchies, Norm’s also offers unique eats like their popular homemade chips, coconut shrimp and a variety of Greek-inspired dishes such as their skinny Greek sandwich and Mediterranean wrap.

The burgers, boasting a half pound of succulent beef on the menu, are no exaggeration. When the plate is set down, what awaits the diner is a steaming beef patty piled high with toppings, such as the bacon, cheddar, and avocado burger, on a fresh bun, with a small mountain of thin, well-seasoned crispy fries on the side.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon Those dining at Norm’s are invited and welcome to bring their dogs with them to the table.

Christopher Yang | The Falcon
Those dining at Norm’s are invited and welcome to bring their dogs with them to the table.

If not a fan of beef but still wanting that pub burger experience, have no fear—Norm’s offers grilled chicken, veggie, and turkey substitutes, as well as having gluten-free buns available, according to their menu.

The trouble with a lot of pubs or other all-American restaurants can be the sheer amount of grease in the food. Luckily, Norm’s has shied away from that unfortunate stereotype, delivering a delicious, well-crafted meal at an affordable price, with noticeably little grease and a lot of flavor.

For the more calorie-conscious diner, they offer multiple salads ranging from the typical cobb salad to a Greek salad, as well as offering lighter sandwiches for those who don’t want the heaviness of a large burger.

Perfect for families as well as the over-21 crowd, Norm’s offers a unique and fresh dining experience that even man’s best friend can enjoy.

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