My Edmonds Food: From beer to burgers to BBQ, food happenings around town

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    By Lara Alexander

    Celtic Cowboy reopens

    A visit to Celtic Cowboy BBQ this week confirmed that they are indeed open for business. This past February, just as Steve Freeman was polishing the gleaning counter tops and firing up the wood fired smoker, an unexpected illness forced him to lock the doors. Now that he has made a recovery, Steve and his wife Lisa were all smiles as they sliced meet and greeted old friends and new costumers over the full meat case on Tuesday.

    Things on opening day were just as Steve described they would be back in February. Meats were available served hot or vacuum packed to heat at home, pots of soup were simmering away and his signature desserts — Scottish shortbread and chocolate cake.

    I brought home enough to feed three hungry people for under $30. Wanting to try a bit of each, I ordered a few combo meals including the brisket, mild sausage and baby back ribs. Steve lets the good meats and long wood smoking stand on their own; his homemade sauce is always served on the side. Side dishes include regular and jalapeno cornbread, coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad. Everyone around my dinner table complimented the tender and smokey brisket and I especially enjoyed the ribs.

    The sausage was delicious, with a nice sweet and savory balance, but was on the fattier side for sausage. The baked beans had an enjoyable sweetness and a flavor much more complex than their tinned cousin. The coleslaw was crisp and definitely had been given more attention than a glob of mayonnaise. The portion sizes were reasonable, but I was expecting more since, “everything is bigger in Texas.” Next time I will have to add something from the cold case if I want to have leftovers.

    You can find the Celtic Cowboy serving up hot food and something to take home for later, Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm. They take their show to the road on the weekends for private catering gigs and special events. Look for their sign on an unassuming street behind Highway 99 and 212th Street Southwest in Edmonds. Click here to read the full story on the Celtic Cowboy.

    Edmonds Farmers Market expands for summer

    The Edmonds Farmers Market has been been going strong despite the cool spring weather. If you have been enjoying the market’s 17th season so far, you will be happy to know that coming this Saturday, the market will expand from “Garden Market” to full “Summer Market” size. Expect to see many more vendors stretching up 5th Avenue from the fountain at Main Street to Bell Street, and east up Bell Street around Centennial Plaza. The market also extends another hour to 3 p.m. The market will run at full size until closing day on October 1.

    Celebrate 4th of “Brew-ly” with beer and BBQ

    American Brewing Company invites beer lovers to their First Annual “4th of Brew-ly Celebration” on Independence Day. Enjoy free admission to a day of Celtic Cowboy BBQ, the live entertainment of “Tony La Stella Duo” and plenty of American Brewing company’s own beer. The Celtic Cowboy will be serving up “Fall-Off-The-Bone Smoke Pork Ribs,” sausages, and hot wings, your choice for $5 each. Also available will be ears of corn hot off the grill with his own amazing smoked garlic butter and homemade rub for $2. 180 W Dayton Street, Warehouse 102.

    Main Street Burgers hiring

    Main Street Burgers, Edmonds’ newest burger joint, is preparing for an opening day in July. The website is now live and outlines their simple but enticing menu – hamburgers, kosher dogs, hand cut fries including sweet potato, mushroom or zucchini fries, milkshakes and ice cream floats. Their Facebook page put out a call this week for prospective employees “with integrity, a solid work ethic and commitment.” Candidates can apply on the Main Street Burgers website.

    A culinary adventurer, Lara Alexander grows, cooks and writes about food from her home in Edmonds. You can read about her garden and kitchen fun on the blog Food-Soil-Thread.

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