You haven’t had pizza till you try how Tom Douglas does pizza. There is a reason why he won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurateur last year and has been nominated for other categories for over a decade.
The space is cozy and the tables are long enough for two smaller parties or one big group so you can become friends with your neighbors.
One of their seasonal drinks is a Spiced Cinnamon Pear-Cranberry Fizz. The only thing I thought about while drinking this was how good this would taste in the summer. It wasn’t overly sweet and actually had a slight, yet noticeable spice.
My personal favorite is the Sweet Fennel Sausage with Roasted Pepper and Provolone. It’s got a good kick to it. I’m a fan.
If Capitol Hill was a burger place, it would be 8 oz Burger Bar. Apart from the rustic feel and cozy atmosphere, the burgers are full of flavor, but don’t try to hard. Even our server was witty and engaging without fishing for tips.
Poutine is already pretty amazing, but imagine my excitement when I saw Short Rib Poutine. It was awesome, but definitely something to slip amongst more than just 2 people.
The two burgers that we split were the Jackson and the Pike.
The Jackson - house blend, charred onions, lettuce, fried green tomato, Gouda, smokey bacon mayo, BBQ sauce
The Pike - house blend, lettuce, tomato, habanero jam, pepperjack cheese, roasted corn salsa, aioli
I love food. This is not a mere statement, but a fact. For how much I love food, I have to admit, that I can’t cook… very well. However, Smitten Kitchen is like having a hipster foodie friend tell you how to make tasty things.
The creator of Smitten Kitchen is Deb and her recipes are not really instructions, but a narrative on the food you are going to make. It’s delightful.
If you don’t believe me… LOOK AT THESE… mmmm.
That’s right. Apple Cider Caramels, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Austrian Shortbread, AND Brown Butter Rice Crispy Treats.
After 3 years of the love-hate relationship I had with my Crackberry, I moved on to an iPhone 5! Talk about a major upgrade!
I’ve been pretty discouraged from taking pictures and blogging because of the grainy, undistinguishable pictures that my previous phone was so great at taking, but now my phone is great and I’m going to be that Asian taking pictures of her food.
This weekend my friends and I went up to a cabin in Sequim where we cooked and ate for about 7 hours straight. BEST/WORST life decision ever.
This is a prosciutto wrapped mozzarella and basil pieces with a drizzle of balsamic reduction and olive oil. Along with a batch of guacamole (5 avocados), two bags of tortilla chips, half of a large tub of salsa, two small bags of M&Ms, 4 pieces of tri tip, a pineapple with muddled mint drizzled on top, corn, Macrina’s olive bread and some drum sticks, you would think that we’d be full the next morning… NOPE.
The next morning: Bacon-egg cups with asiago and parsley sprinkled on top. We made drinks with champagne, mango lemonade (or raspberry lemonade), with a dash of chambord :)
Green Leaf is an amazing Vietnamese Restaurant in the ID. I mean, if it’s good enough for Tom Douglas, it’s good enough for me. It’s delicious. I’ve been there twice and the first time I had the combo vermicelli. The second time, my group went a little bit overboard, but what better way to cure a hang over than some duck congee? Am I right? We had spring rolls, egg rolls, wontons, and a vietnamese pancake/crepe thing that you wrap in some lettuce. I was stuffed. I highly recommend this place! I heard the pho is also delicious! Have fun!
The block that Bauhaus is located at was bought and will be torn down sometime in the future. Not happy about this. Bauhaus has been one of my favorite spots in Seattle for years now and I’ve been there in times of sadness and happiness. It’s kept me awake for long nights to study or to hang out. I love Bauhaus.
RN74 has been on my list of places to try since it opened awhile ago and with Seattle Restaurant Week going on, I thought I’d take the opportunity to get my food on. When we got there, the restaurant had a really busy yet cool loungy feeling to it. We got a couple of stiff drinks at the bar while we waited for our table and I got a chance to look at the happy hour menu:
Although I wanted to order everything on the menu, I restrained myself and waited till we sat down with our Seattle Restaurant Week menus. Our waitress was so nice and so extremely knowledgeable about the food — my friend is doing an elimination diet, starting off with gluten and going vegan.
We both started off with the Spring Leek & Potato Soup then for the second course I had the Cassoulet de Toulouse (duck confit, pork belly, saucisson d’ail) then for dessert I enjoyed the lovely Espresso Semifreddo (chocolate cremeux, nutmeg chantilly).
Everything was tasty and just the right amount of food. I left feeling completely satisfied and didn’t get winded walking back up to Capitol Hill. Check out this new place!
P.S. They also have on their menu, HUDSON VALLEY FOIE GRAS SLIDERS with caramelized onion jus, sylvetta, and apple mustard…. round 2 anyone?
Local 360 has become one of my favorite places to dine in Seattle. I recently took a food politics class and we discussed local food to a great extent so I was extremely excited to try this place. Their mission statement:
The first time I went there was for happy hour and it was from 3-6pm and then 10 - close every night. My friend and I shared a dozen oysters, pulled pork sandwich with slaw, and the rabbit country style paté. We also go to try a PB&J Bon Bon and they were so rich and creamy that I would need 2 glasses of milk to wash them down. My mouth salivates just thinking about how delicious the food was.
The second time was for Dine Around Seattle. Our first course was the beet salad (with feta, walnets, orange & Banyuls Vinaigrette) and the crispy pig ears (with bleu cheese, hazelnuts, parsley, and ranch). The beets were on a bed of arugula and it felt like it had a great, simple flavor palate. The crispy pig ears tasted like pretentious pork rinds and I loved every bite. The second course we had the Butcher’s grind house burger (with added cheese and bacon… duh) and the rabbit and mushroom pasta. The burger was named Seattle Magazine’s Best All-American Burger and rightly so. The pasta was delicious and the sauce was nice because they used the rabbit to make a roue for the pasta. Finally, for dessert we had the bread pudding and the dulce de leche ice cream. The bread pudding had a thicker and more pound-cake like texture, but paired with the ice cream, we could careless.
I highly recommend this place. Please check it out if you haven’t already—they really are great.
I love Korean food. I’m Korean food and I’m quite critical of it, but I’m so thankful to have Tofu House right around the corner. This place gets it right with it’s Korean food—none of this watered down shit that they try to do at teriyaki places or at Green House Korean Restaurant. Tofu House is as authentic as you’re going to get for not being in Federal Way. It’s great. I’m a huge fan of the Kimchee Hot Tofu Soup with Beef as of late, but what I normally do is get the Beebimbap Hot Pot with another soup dish on the side (Rice cake and dumpling soup is delish). This place is where Asians go to get Asian food so you know it’s good. Try it and let me know what you think.
**PS you will not get “great” service… this isn’t a white establishment where they are trying to kiss your ass for tips. They will give you waters and won’t come back till your food is ready.
Such a wonderful dining experience. All of the staff was in plaid and maintained an air of ultra Americana soul (yet hip) food. The sodium rich food subdued the savory-tooth tiger inside of me. I loved the poutine (hand-cut fries, gravy, cheddar, herbs). The shake was pretty good too—the peanut butter was a little much, but next time I’m getting the chocolate malt for sure.
Next was the Fried Chicken Sammy (fennel seed crust, pickled and charred jalapeño aioli, kale, potato bread) which was an upscale soulful explosion in my mouth. Being a lover of all things spicy, the charred jalapeño aioli sold me.
I’ve been meaning to try this place for a long time and I finally got the opportunity to this past Monday.
The people that work there were the coolest and nicest people. They started off by giving you a small intro as to what they recommend if it’s your first time there. They were very helpful because all of the sandwiches sounded amazing.
I ordered the: sdf
Italian Grinder: salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone, swiss, tomato, red onion, black olives, and pepperoncini
I get to try Skillet tonight…. dying with excitement! How can you not be if you see:
southern fried chicken - draper valley chicken, black pepper honey drizzle, potato salad, mustard vinaigrette [ corn meal waffle for $4 more]
grilled sockeye salmon sandwich - olive tapenade and herb aioli
poutine - hand-cut fries, gravy, cheddar, herb
They are getting a lot of recognition and popularity. The Seattle Times put Skillet Diner on their Critics’ 10 Fab Restaurants list. I will go to all of those restaurants— hopefully in the next few months.
As soon as I get a new phone I’m going to take the nicest pictures of my food ever. Damn Dopeberry is crappin out and the camera on it is worthless. Sorry for the horrible picture quality in the pictures!
Best dining experience I’ve had in a very long time. The food was absolutely superb! I planned a big event with about 12 people, but since I couldn’t make reservations anywhere I canceled the event. However, a few of my friends knew how important SRW is to me, they asked where I wanted to go and they took me there.
Leek & Camembert Tart, parmesan crisp, and aged balsamic
The Georgian made me feel like I was Eloise at the Plaza. There was something about the place that made it feel slightly diner-y but slapped with some highbrow snobbery. There were gorgeous chandeliers that hung from the ceilings, but the chairs had a oddly Denny’s feel to it. The food was pretty good, but I noticed that the entree’s weren’t too far off from the price of the SRW deal so maybe next time I’ll stick to their menu. However, the food was pretty tasty and I think the experience of being at “The Georgian”.
Walla Walla onion bisque, bleu cheese and caramelized onion tart
Located on the first floor of the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown, I had pretty high expectations, but was mildly disappointed. The food wasn’t terrible by any means but it wasn’t something I was willing to whip out my phone camera for and end up looking like “those Asians”.
French green lentil soup, garlic crostini, smoked ham hock
Second Course: [split this with a friend]
Wild Northwest mushroom risotto, grilled sea salt pretzel
8 hour braised beef short ribs, winter green tagliatelle, dried black cherry jus
Chai Tea crème brulee, candied cashews
Warm pear upside-down cake, ginger caramel sauce
With a menu that sounds like this, how could you go wrong? Everything sounded so interesting, but the execution was just off. I don’t think I’ll be going back, unless I don’t have to pay for it.
My friend and I went there one afternoon to celebrate Seattle Restaurant Week and it was such a nice way to start off SRW.
I had the Bohemian which was a champagne drink with raspberries and grenadine. Our server was extremely nice and brought us samples of the house cocktail— it’s vodka that’s been soaking pineapple for about a week.. yum.
Porcini Bisque [left] & Clam Chowder [right]
We told her that we were just going to share everything and she brought us each a sample of both of the soups. She was such a wonderful server.
My friend and I split the Mini Tenderloin Sandwich & the Lobster Roll Sandwich with came with truffle fries.
Their sandwiches are good, but I personally think they are over priced, BUT they have amazing truffle fries. So delicious. A sandwich and truffle fries will cost a pretty penny (~$15), but I think it’s worth it. If I could, I would go there at least a couple times a week. I think I might go tonight :)
I don’t know what to say but to just GO. The dishes are so wonderful and the oysters are extremely fresh and tasty. I’m not entirely sure if they still have the Effingham oysters, but if they do, I highly recommend them.
If you can handle some spice, ask for some hot sauce (they give you Tapatio) then put a small dab of the horseradish and the Tapatio on the oyster and slurp to your heart’s content. The Fried Oysters were also very good, but I have to say that the Steak Tartar was just splendid. I didn’t know how I would feel about eating raw meat, but it was really tasty, buttery and soft. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sitka & Spruce. They make small alterations to their menu everyday based on the fresh ingredients they get that day. It’s wonderfully cooked and the flavor combinations are complex, but holistically taste incredibly cohesive and simple.
If you go on Monday, you MUST get the homemade guacamole because they make it with a mortar and pestle in the kitchen. If you’re lucky you’ll get to sit at the family style table that’s right next to the kitchen station.
Not only is the food amazing, but the ambiance of the restaurant is a little industrial and rustic with a nice open kitchen where you can see the action right in front of you.
You have to be warned: the wait is sometimes a little crazy especially when you are going for the dinner service, but you can always put your name on the list, grab a quick drink somewhere and come back. It is definitely, 100% worth the wait. Also their hours are odd so call or check their website before hand. It’s tucked away in the back of Melrose Market, next to Machiavelli and in front of Bauhaus.
The portions are not very big, but I like to get a couple things with whoever I’m with so we get a taste of many different things.
I don’t have the best camera but here are some pictures of the food.
Chapel Bar closed down early this month and it saddens me so much. I never realized how much my friends enjoyed going there because it was pretty low key and had AMAZING karaoke on Wednesdays. The karaoke was the best because the MCs would be super hip and super drunk. LOVED them.
On the last day that they were opened, I dropped by and said hi to my favorite bartender, Ryan. He’s such a sweetheart and gave me a piece of chocolate cake on the house :).
That was a bittersweet day for me. I think that was the first place I went to when I turned 21… good times.