One of Olympia-based artist Stella Marrs' signature collages features a cat wearing a bib and ridiculous grin, the words below reading "Save your fork—there's pie!" Roosevelt's Pies and Pints public house (out of the way for centrally-based folks, but just 'round the corner from the area's Whole Foods Market) should be approached with the same gleeful abandon. As it turns out, their signature creations—crispy little pies stuffed with various meats and veggies—aren't discounted during the two daily happy hours (4–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri., and 10 p.m.–close daily), but the cheap treats that are will whet your appetite anyway. A red bean hummus platter and black bean and cheese dip are both $2.99; the latter comes with a generous helping of chips dusted in chili powder. Pleasantly surprising are a whopping basket of sweet potato fries ($3.99) with garlic aioli dipping sauce. For anyone incensed that the closest Burgerville—which seasonally serves the sweet root fries with marshmallow sauce—is in Centralia, this pub will be a godsend. On draft are nine quality pints (all a dollar off during happy hour) to enjoy with the nibbles, from Stella to Mac and Jack's to Pabst and Guinness. (PBR goes for two bucks.) A heavy stout paired with their beef-mushroom-burgundy pie is presumably the stuff of dreams (and it uses naturally raised beef from Misty Isle Farms). I was too full to find out, but couldn't resist taking a classic chicken pie (with peas, carrots, and potatoes in cream sauce, $5.95) home for dinner. Cradling my warm parcel on the bus, the fragrance of rosemary and butter filling the air, was as pleasing as eating it later.
1215 N.E. 65th St., 206-524-7082. www.piesandpints.com ROOSEVELT