It has been a little while since I last visited the topic of
where I head for local inspiration. Two
recent outings instigated this post.
I think my first introduction was when I noticed a foodie friend check in on
Facebook. I had never heard of this
place so I googled it and then added it to my restaurant to-do list. It’s a never ending list btw with 73
destinations and counting. Fast forward
to my business partner and I having occasional discussions on the merits of
communal dining, she spots a mention in the Seattle Times, and presto we have
reservations. We loved it. Our family
style menu is included below and for $40 per person (inclusive of a glass of
wine or beer AND gratuity)… I’d say this is the best foodie deal in town!
Canapé of herbed fromage blanc and house-cured gravlax
Lentil soup with pickled peppers and creme fraiche
Braised Stokesberry rabbit, raddichio, corn & chanterelles with aged
Rice salad with herbs and greens
"Cookies and Cream"
Beloved dish: the
rabbit, raddichio salad was to die for but the menu changes daily
Special detail: Owner/chef, David Sanford, invites
you to join him in the kitchen as your meal is being prepared
Delicious drink: modestly appointed wine list with an
abundance of tasty options
The Dray: For the
love of beer! This tiny and by tiny I
mean less than 1000 square feet. Most of the local studio apartments are bigger. But what it lacks in size it makes up in
quality beers, snacks and locals hanging out there daily.
Beloved dish: I really love their sandwich melts but my
favorite is the extra-sharp white cheddar and turmeric pepper pickle relish on
rustic whole wheat bread.
Special detail: dog friendly
Favorite server: Nico
Delicious drink: an easy dozen specialty beers on draught
and a list of more than 80 in the bottle with show stoppers like Russian River’s
Pliny the Elder (on tap as of last night) available.