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Last updated 7/27/2018 at Noon

Jambalaya at Hill's Restaurant & Bar.

A couple of years after we moved here, one of the first “neighborhood” restaurants we were taken to was not in Edmonds but in Shoreline.

I still remember our friends taking a right across from Firdale Village and driving us to see the lovely area around Richmond Beach. After the mini-tour, we went to Hill’s.

Since it opened in 2005, Hill’s Restaurant & Bar quickly became somewhat of an institution.

The restaurant itself is tucked back away from the street, and as soon as you walk in, you can hear the buzz of activity in a dining room that is never empty. The warm colors and small bar area welcome you to relax and have a good meal, from a burger or fish tacos to a mixed grille or filet mignon.

The food at Hill’s is, in a word, unfailing.

They know how to prepare dishes well, use quality ingredients and keep the menu recognizable to a diverse group of patrons. They also have a bar and wine list with reliably good selections, and service is always respectful and attentive.

Our group chose Hill’s on a recent Saturday night because of its great food but also because there were eight of us, and whenever we go there with a larger group we get a great table in the corner by the window (and outdoor patio) that allows for conversation.

From there, we watched the comings and goings of the patrons, including a few well-known foodies from Edmonds.

As our group settled in and caught up, we ordered cocktails and a few quick appetizers to tide us over as we made our dinner decisions.

A selection of martinis (including the fantastic RB Manhattan), rosé wine and beer arrived quickly and at their perfect temperatures. We shared a few orders of their yummy haystack fries (not on the menu as an appetizer, but so good) and the calamari served with marinara and a lemon aioli ($9).

For dinner, a few tried the special (jambalaya for $16), and finished every bite of the generous serving of the not-too-spicy rice, prawns, sausage, and vegetable dish.

Two of us, including myself, ordered the Lemon Chicken ($17) because it is that juicy, roasted chicken that you cannot make for yourself unless you really put in the time.

Served with an herb butter and sauvignon blanc pan sauce, each bite of the chicken is delicious and, of course, the sides of roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes round out an elevated version of this comfort food.

We also saw a couple of R.B. Burgers come to the table, a classic with cheddar, barbeque sauce and Dijon-mayo (and served with their famous fries) ($13), as well as the Fish & Chips ($14) and Fish Tacos ($12).

Everyone was quite happy and full, but still made space for dessert since Hill’s is also known for its great cobblers ($8.50) and cheesecake ($7.50).

Like everything at Hill’s, you know the decisions are based on years of experience serving Edmonds-Richmond Beach-Shoreline patrons well.

Hill’s describes itself as the spot where you can get “genuine friendly service in a warm and welcoming setting and a sophisticated menu with a comfortable downtown feel.” I could not say it better.

Hill’s Restaurant & Bar is at 1843 NW 195th St., Richmond Beach. It is open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

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