There’s still time to finalize your plans with dad for this Sunday, June 16 – Father’s Day! Pick his favorite restaurants for all day eating indulgence at brunch, lunch and dinner, pamper him for being the best dad ever, or take him to school with cooking classes to bring out his own culinary chops! We’ve got a few ideas for dads everywhere!
Treat dad to an unforgettable, locally sourced Father’s Day brunch! Start the morning right with Cafe Flora’s fresh baked cinnamon roll or seasonal beignets then order him their Father’s Day Morel Mushroom Eggs Benedict with grilled asparagus ($16) and a special Bloody Mary ($9). View full menus online. Brunch runs 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.
Get dad up and ready to start his morning with Skagit River Ranch Pork Belly Hash or Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Pulled Chicken Gravy, both available on the special Father’s Day prix-fixe menu at Tilth! You don’t have to tell dad that it’s not only delicious, but good for him given the restaurant’s organic certification. Start the day with bloody marys, mimosas and more on the patio or in the dining room at Tilth. Three-course for $25; reservations recommended.
Mixed Baby Greens – pickled spring onion, pistachio, goat cheese vinaigrette
Cherry Scone – cherry, hazelnut, cherry curd
Yogurt – mint, compressed apricot, lemon zest
Soft Scrambled Eggs – english pea, seasonal mushroom, raddish
Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Pulled Chicken Gravy – washington chicken, fried egg, preserved lemon
Skagit River Ranch Pork Belly Hash – potato, red cabbage, fried egg
French Toast - rhubarb, mint, pecan
Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake - chocolate cookie, cocoa cream, sea salt
House Made Sourdough Waffle - espresso, theo chocolate, hazelnut butter
Blue Ribbon Cooking & Culinary Center is offering two delicious cooking classes perfect for Father’s Day gifts or to attend with friends and learn how to cook a Father’s Day meal dad will love. Classes are held held at their 5,200 square foot facility located on Lake Union where guests can enjoy beautiful lake views.
Classes include appetizers and Northwest wine and microbrews upon arrival, a hands-on cooking lesson with a professional chef, a feast of everything prepared in class and printed recipes. Reservations are required and can be made at 206.328.2442 or online. Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Ave. East, Seattle.
Grilling & Barbequing Essential Techniques
Friday, June 14th, 6:30 p.m.
$95, three hours
Buffalo Chicken Wings with Cognac Mustard
Selection of Barbecued Ribs with Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Classic Barbecued Chicken
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Cilantro Lime Cocktail Sauce
Grilled Flatiron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
Roasted Potato Salad with Watercress, Green Onions, and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
Grilled Local Farm Vegetables with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction
Summer Fruit Cobbler with French Vanilla Ice Cream
Backyard Cocktail Party
Tuesday, June 25th, 6 p.m.
$95, three hours
Herb-Poached Shrimp and Gazpacho Shooters
Cucumber Watermelon Salad with Cilantro and Lime
Salmon with Chili Mango Salsa
Pepper-Crusted Steaks with Worcestershire-Glazed Portobellos
Roasted Baby Red Potatoes bursting with Feta-Garlic Sour Cream
Lemon Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Feta and Kalamata Olives
Skewered Strawberry and Marshmallow Smores
Classic Mint Julep
Lavendar Lemon Drops
Strawberry Basil Mojitos
Citrus Sangria Blanco
Yuan Spa in downtown Bellevue has created four packages to treat dad to a day of relaxation and pampering with spa services designed just for men. Including their gentleman’s facial, sports pedicure, man-icure and deep tissue massage. All services include access to Yuan Spa’s world class hydrotherapy facility with amenities like: Cool Salt Water Pool, Hot Pool, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Herbal Sauna Room, Salt Bar, Relaxation area with tea and snacks.
Father’s Day Packages
Dad’s Day Off
60 minute Deep Tissue Massage
45 minute Pure Hydrafacial
30 minute Man-icure
45 minute Sports Pedicure
60 minute Deep Tissue Massage
60 minute Gentleman’s Facial
45 minute Sports Pedicure
60 minute Deep Tissue Massage
60 minute Reflexology
Dad on the Go
30 minute Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage
30 minute Express Facial
Appointments and gift certificates available at 425.449.8788 or online. Complimentary parking is available in building garage. Yuan Spa is located at 1032 106th Ave NE, Ste 125, Bellevue.
TAGS: Blue Ribbon Cooking, Brunch, Cafe Flora, Cooking Classes, dinner, Father's Day, Maria Hines, Tilth, Yuan Spa
Since hitting the streets of Seattle this month, on February 14, My Sweet Little Cakes has received a big warm welcome from Seattleites and local media. Owners Jesse and Sheena Lee have realized their dream serving fresh sweet and savory hotcakes on stick. They start with scratch-made batters and stuff them with quality ingredients to create unique flavor combinations for breakfast, lunch or late night. A menu of seven daily hotcake selections are each served with a dipping sauce that compliments its unique flavors, with gluten free and vegan options available.
My Sweet Little Cakes’ interview in The Seattle Times dives behind the scenes and how their idea evolved from homemade recipes to selling hotcakes on a stick from a trailer on Capitol Hill. While their Thrillist Video Of The Week captures Jesse and Sheena’s lovable personalities and the 50′s diner kitsch of their bright orange trailer. Learn more about the owners and their unique concept in: Seattle Met, Seattle Weekly, Seattleite, Capitol Hill Seattle, Daily Candy and Eater Seattle.
Hotcakes vary in price from $5-6 for one, $8-10 for two and $18 for five. Special offers will be posted daily via social media. The cakes are wrapped in orange and white pin-striped paper for convenient on-the-go eating and don’t miss Sheena’s Hush-Hush Chai Tea a spicy, highly caffeinated, scratch-made blend of ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and more, served with fresh steamed milk.
MY SWEET LITTLE CAKES MENU
• Green Apple & Caramel with Pecans (Vegan & Gluten Free)
• Blueberry Lemon Ricotta with Honey Lemon Syrup
• Red Velvet Buttermilk & Dark Cherries and Sweet Cream Cheese
• Beer & Hickory Smoked Bacon with Maple Syrup
• Free Range Chicken & Waffle with Maple Butter
• Chorizo, Seasonal Bell Peppers & Melted Cheddar Cheese
• Cornbread, Cheddar, Jalapeno & Cilantro (Vegetarian)
Look for My Sweet Little Cakes’ tangerine colored trailer at 1208 Pine Street, hours vary by day so keep in touch via social media prior to heading over. Their portable location will be stationed outside the Neptune Theatre in the University District during show nights, and at select area festivals. Available for catering and events. Find My Sweet Little Cakes at 206.265.3002 or online, Facebook and Twitter @MySweetLilCakes.
TAGS: Breakfast, dinner, Food Truck, Hotcakes, lunch, On A Stick
We’re well into Seattle Restaurant Week, but you still have tonight and Sunday through Thursday next week to take advantage of three course lunches for $15 and three course dinners for $28. With over 150 restaurants to choose from you may be feeling stumped or overwhelmed. Fear not as we provide you a list of a few of our favs and where the bang for your buck is as good as the flavors in your mouth.
Fall is making an appearance with seasonal pears, oysters, soups and more! Read on for a sampling by course and then make those reservations! Just a few days left!
Hunger 2.0 – Fremont (Lunch/Dinner)
Lunch – Braised Boar Sandwich laura chenel cheve, pickled onion, brioche
Dinner – Fabada pepper bacon, house made sausage, flageolet beans, tomato, poultry confit leg
Dessert – Curried Bread Pudding golden raisins, cardamom custard, candied orange
Cafe Flora – Madison Park/Madrona (Lunch/Dinner)
Lunch – Roasted Pear and St. Andre Cheese Sandwich herbed pistachio pesto, Columbia City Bakery focaccia, sweet red onion confit, mixed greens
Dinner – Creamy Bluebird Grain Farro butternut squash, Local Roots greens, roasted ruttabega and turnips, parmesan cheese, pomegranate molasses, spiced beet chips
Dessert – Candy Apple Crisp spiced apples, oat crumble, vanilla chai ice cream, Rockridge Orchard hard cider caramel sauce (vegan, soy free)
Golden Beetle – Ballard (Dinner)
Tomato-Chickpea Soup lentil, ginger, crouton
Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs tamarind, rice, mustard greens
Warm Bread Pudding mint coulis, stone fruit, Chantilly
Tilth – Wallingford (Dinner)
Sweet Corn Flan yogurt, sweet pepper, espellette
Wild Mushroom Risotto swiss chard, fine herbs, pine nut
Pumpkin Panna Cotta spiced anglaise, pumpkin seed brittle, fresh breeze cream
Coastal Kitchen – Capitol Hill (Reopening this Saturday, October 20 after a lengthy remodel and installation of a new oyster bar and cocktail bar!) (Lunch/Dinner)
Fresh Shucked Oysters Trio
Cuban Pete’s Paella
Flourless Chocolate Torte
TAGS: Cafe Flora, Coastal Kitchen, dinner, Golden Beetle, Hunger, lunch, Seattle Restaurant Week, SRW, Tilth
We’re thrilled to welcome Hunger restaurant in Fremont as our newest client! The Mediterranean influenced restaurant, owned by husband and wife team Brian and Jaime Brooks, recently moved into a new space on Fremont Ave. With three times more space to accommodate hungry diners and bar patrons they are now offering a larger menu with a bigger selection and almost everything is made fresh in house including mozzarella, daily pasta, sausage, house ground burgers, sauces, desserts and more!
Hunger draws most of its influences from Portugal, Spain and North Africa and gives them a Northwest spin with local meats, produce and seafood. Their menu is updated monthly and filled with creative, seasonal dishes, from the signature NW Paella with Shellfish, house made Andouille & Chorizo, Chicken, Piquillo, Saffron Rice and Harissa butter, to small plates like Stuffed Dates with Chorizo, Bacon, Balsamic, Smoked Paprika Oil, Valdeon Ice Cream, to their daily fresh pasta dish, and “Head to Tail”, a whole animal prepared multiple ways.
Their twice daily happy hour offers guests an excellent sampling of small plates and entrees priced at $3, $5 and $7, and select beer, wine & cocktails for just $5. Daily 4-6 p.m., Sun-Thurs 10-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 p.m.-12 a.m.
Join Hunger for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch! Their full bar offers more than 75 varieties of bourbon and whiskey, local and European wines and endless craft cocktails made with fresh juices, syrups and select house infused liquors.
Follow Hunger on Twitter and Facebook and join them through October 28 for Seattle Restaurant Week during lunch and dinner! Check back for updates, seasonal menus and food news!
TAGS: Brunch, dinner, Fremont, Hunger 2.0, lunch, Mediterranean, new client
With summer upon us, Seattle’s top-notch restaurants are progressively opening their long awaited outdoor patios for guests to further enjoy lunch, dinner, happy hour and brunch. The time to dive into cold, handcrafted cocktails, up to half off menu items, and lounge in the open air with good company has arrived at last. For restaurants offering reservations, book online or call directly.
Listed as one of Seattle’s finest, Golden Beetle is not only offering outdoor patio seating, but also $4 per plate happy hour specials daily from 5-6 p.m. Experience the spices and flavors of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with small plates of Skagit Valley Mini Burgers, Lamb Chickpea Stew, or Spiced French Fries with harissa aioli. The outdoor tables present a perfect way to unwind with happy hour specials of $3 house wines by the glass, $4 wells, $2 Rainier Draft, and exceptional cocktail specials daily for only $7.
Tilth’s outdoor seating makes the experience of organically certified, New American cuisine even more unique during weekend brunch or nightly dinner. The menu is always evolving to capture the freshest ingredients from local farmers, with dishes such as Housemade Potato Gnocchi, Slow Cooked Sockeye Salmon, and one of the most popular menu items, Mini Duck Burgers. All plates are available in large or small portions encouraging guests to mix and match to diversify their dining experience.
At Crush, the Modern American, award-winning menu items are all patio friendly, serving beautifully crafted dishes and tempting wines from around the world. Arouse your senses with culinary creations of Waygu Beef Carpaccio and Parisian Tartar, Ahi Tuna Crudo with Sunchoke Puree, or Sautéed Sea Scallops and Roasted Porcini. Enjoy happy hour on the patio or in the bar with all menu items under $12 and Crush’s wines by the glass poured as flights of 2 oz tasters for $12, every Sunday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
For a fresh new vibe of Modern American cuisine, dine at Lloyd Martin in the heart of Queen Anne (pictured above). Stop by during “Social Hour” for the perfect time to mingle and enjoy special pricing at the bar Tuesday-Saturday from 5-6 p.m. Using high quality ingredients to distinguish their Social Hour menu, the $5 plates become a steal of a deal. Chef-Owner Sam Crannell changes the menu daily with such items as Croque Madame, Lamb Meatballs with ramps, Foie Gras, and Housemade Fresh Mozzarella. Drink specials include $3 craft drafts, $6 wines by the glass and endless options for personalized cocktails around $8.
Vegetarian favorite Cafe Flora is offering patio garden seating, surrounding guests with scents of fresh herbs, which they will often find garnishing their favorite dishes. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. with 50 percent off all starters, $3 drafts, $6 wines, $1 off well drinks and a rotating $6 cocktail special. Happy hour items range from Sweet Walla Walla Onion Rings with an ancho chile barbeque sauce, Garlic-Tamari Edamame, to a unique Pecan Lentil Pate. Check the menu board or ask your server for their daily cocktail specials, relax and soak up the sun!
Enjoy Pecado Bueno’s signature $3, 100% agave tequila margarita and special happy hour menu now being served on all three outdoor patios from 3-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close, daily. Dive into $5 and under small plates of Grilled Chicken Quesadillas, Spicy Black Bean & Carnitas Soup, three Soft Tacos or three Taquitos with your choice of meat. Drink specials include $5 wells, $3.50-$4.75 drafts, $5 housemade sangria, $5-$6 wines, as well as $7.50 and under festive taqueria style cocktails. The outdoor patios feature a fire pit, waterfall and more.
For a retro style Chinese experience, Lucky 8s China House is offering weekday happy hour from 4-6 p.m. and daily 10 p.m.-1 a.m. with $4 wines, $2 PBR, and $4 wells. The specialty food menu tempts customers with $1-$2.50 small plates featuring items such as Szechuan Rib, Pork Bao, Hot & Sour Soup, and Egg or Spring Rolls. Their signature Dragon Fire Shrimp is featured for just $6.
Vios is welcoming guests to their outdoor patio to enjoy authentic and inspired Greek lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Enjoy authentic dips such as Babaganoush, Olive Tapenades or Hummus with warm pita bread for under $5.50, or a traditional Greek Salad to start. For heartier entrees, the Caramelized Onion Gyro Flat Iron Steak or Two-Skewer Lamb Souvlaki with roasted tomatoes and creamy tatziki sauce will hit the spot. Kids menu items offered as well, including traditional Mezze, Mac and Cheese or Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Lots of options for what we are hoping is a long, sun-filled summer! Cheers to happy hour and outdoor dining season!
TAGS: Cafe Flora, Chef Jason Wilson, Chef Sam Crannell, cocktails, Crush, dining deal, dinner, Golden Beetle, Greek, happy hour, Lloyd Martin, Lucky 8s China House, Maria Hines, New American, outdoor, patio dining, Pecado Bueno, Restaurants, Seattle Restaurants, Social Hour,
What happens when you combine nettles, pasta, cashew cream sauce, and an organic tulip garnish? Cafe Flora’s Spring Nettle Ravioli of course. Hold the butter, cream, and eggs?! Yes and it’s incredibly delicious!
Take a peak at this short video of Cafe Flora owner, Nat Stratton-Clarke on Q13 Fox News demonstrating how to prepare this deliciously exotic, vegan-friendly dish. Cafe Flora is gearing up to celebrate their 20th Anniversary on June 2nd and they want to show all of us meat-lovers how vegetarian dishes are healthy, satisfying, and full of new flavors we often miss out on.
If you have yet to taste what Cafe Flora is all about, take our advice and pay a visit to this cozy Madison Valley restaurant where fresh produce and a rainbow of flavors marry into every dish. Stay tuned to see what’s in store for their 20th Anniversary celebration soon!
This recipe can easily be made at home by following the directions listed on the Q13 Fox News link.
TAGS: 20th Anniversary, Cafe Flora, celebration, cooking, dinner, edible nettles, fresh produce, healthy, local, Nat Stratton-Clarke, new flavors, owner, Q13 Fox News, satisfying, Spring Nettle Ravioli, vegan-friendly, Vegetarian, video
Now that Seattle Restaurant Week has officially begun, you may be finding yourself overwhelmed with choosing between 150+ restaurants each serving outstanding dishes.
If you’re seeking guidance about which reservation to book next, take our advice and see what’s cooking at Cafe Flora (featured above), Crush, Golden Beetle, and Tilth. We’ve listed their specialized SRW menus below to show how these local restaurants are using elegant dishes and rich flavor to heighten the celebration. Trust us, when we read the menus, we couldn’t believe a three-course dinner this good could be $28 either!
*Remember: For each three-course menu, select one dish for each course.
1. Crush – serving 3 course dinner
Stinging Nettle Veloute
Spring Greens & Pickled Garden Vegetables
Crisp Berkshire Pork Belly
Roasted Pacific Ling Cod
48 Hour Beef Short Rib Crepinette
Artisan Cheese Selections
Lemon Merignue Tart
Chocolate Olive Oil Cream Sundae
2. Golden Beetle – serving 3 course dinner
Red Bean and Pepper Soup -oregano, crushed red pepper, yogurt
Iceberg Wedge – pomegranate, feta, walnut
Potato and Kasseri Cheese Pastry – dry cured olive, phyllo, paprika
Steamed Taylor Shellfish Clams – lemon-tahini broth, cilantro, serrano
Wood Fired Chicken Kebab – carrot, cous cous, almond
Beluga Lentil-Rice Stew – tomato sauce, spinach, crispy onion
Sour Cherry Pudding Cake – white chocolate, sour cherry, fresh breeze milk
Baklava – black walnut, crème fraîche, rose water
Chocolate Truffle Torte – Chantilly, pistachio cream
3. Tilth – serving 3 course dinner
Savory Apple Soup gruyere, caramelized onion, crouton
Baby Iceberg Lettuce radish, pecorino, mustard vinaigrette
Roasted Garlic Flan cauliflower, fresh breeze cream, green garlic
St. Jude Albacore Tuna cardoon, cannellini bean, crème fraiche
Carnaroli Risotto bloomsdale spinach, wild mushroom, pine nut
Skagit River Ranch Pork choucroute, purple sweet potato, cabbage slaw
Maple Crème Brulee maple blossom, candied bacon, cornmeal cookie
Carrot Cake golden raisin, walnut, cream cheese
Theo Chocolate Pudding rhubarb, candied pistachio, shaved chocolate
4. Cafe Flora – serving 3 course lunch and dinner
LUNCH (3 courses for $15)
Vegan Cinnamon Roll – sticky caramelized sugar, toasted pecans, vanilla icing (vegan)
Pate Platter – lentil pecan paté, seasonal fruit, marinated olives, red onion confit, rosemary croccantini (vegan, available gluten free)
Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas, grilled spring onions, basil black pepper dressing (vegan, gluten free)
Potato-Crusted Quiche – spring onions, fresh herbs, goat cheese with fresh grilled asparagus and wild morel ragout (gluten free)
Spring Caprese Scramble – fresh mozzarella, green garlicky grape tomatoes scrambled with eggs or tofu, topped with fresh basil pesto, with roasted potatoes or grits (available vegan, gluten free)
French Dip Sandwich – thin sliced, grilled portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, melted Swiss cheese, seeded baguette; roasted garlic-mushroom jus with yam fries or house salad (available vegan)
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp – vanilla ice cream, elderflower caramel sauce (vegan, gluten free)
Huckleberry Ice Cream – honey caramel, Russian tea cake (gluten free)
Lemon Pot De Crème – lemon curd, Russian tea cake (gluten free)
Cardoon and Green Garlic bisque – mushroom ragout on crostini
Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas, and grilled spring onions, basil black pepper dressing (vegan, gluten free)
Spring Wontons – baby bock choy, goat cheese crema, rhubarb chutney, black bean garlic sauce (available vegan)
Oaxaca Tacos – roasted corn tortillas, cheddar and smoky Mozzarella mashed potatoes, lime crème fraîche, cotija cheese, fire roasted salsa; with black bean stew, fresh corn and pepper relish and braised greens (gluten free)
Spring Morell Risotto – haricovert, snap peas in an herbed pistou, Parmigiano Reggiano, roasted cherry tomatoes (gluten free)
Tuscan Asparagus and Fava Bean Polenta – chive blossom polenta, grilled asparagus, fava bean mousse in an artichoke heart with sweet onion and nicoise olive tapenade, toasted almond gremolata. (gluten free and vegan)
Strawberry Rhubarb Galette – hibiscus crème chantilly, honey caramel (gluten free)
Chocolate Brownie Coupe – salted peanut butter balsamic ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate crumble (vegan and gluten free)
Lemon Pot de Crème – lemon curd, Russian tea cake
Make your reservations today! You only have 5 days left to indulge in Seattle Restaurant Week.
TAGS: $15 lunch, $28 dinner, Cafe Flora, Chef Jason Wilson, Crush, diner deals, dinner, event, Golden Beetle, Maria Hines, menu, Seattle Restaurant Week, SRW, three-courses for $28, Tilth, Vegan