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  • Chef Jason Wilson Opens The Lakehouse Restaurant and Civility & Unrest Lounge on June 15 05.12.17

    Jason Wilson, the James Beard Award-winning chef-owner behind Miller’s Guild and the former, critically acclaimed Crush, announced details about his forthcoming restaurant, The Lakehouse, a vibrant, modern Northwest farmhouse, and Civility & Unrest, a craft cocktail bar with a contemporary speakeasy vibe. Both are slated to open June 15 on two separate floors of the new W Bellevue hotel in the Lincoln Square Expansion, part of The Bellevue Collection. Anticipation is already high as Eater Seattle wrote a piece on the two restaurants this week.
     

     

    From The Lakehouse’s seasonal ingredients to its refined, personally inspired décor, the restaurant evokes a welcoming environment that is both familiar and elegant. The inspiration for The Lakehouse name and concept followed Wilson’s reflection on the area’s sense of place and evolution: early settlements, lake homes and small farms; a bedroom community once the first bridge was built; and today, a budding metropolis steeped in arts and technology.

     

    Each season’s menu puts the spotlight on the produce sourced from Wilson’s ever-evolving grower and farmer relationships. Wilson’s concept of a “Modern Northwest Farmhouse,” reflects simple, clean, and fresh craft cooking. Illustrated through the produce-driven concept at the highest level of detail and imagination, the menu is accented with local seafoods and meats, handmade pasta and a housemade larder.

     

    The menu displays a philosophy of total usage of the products and unique techniques employed by the kitchen that elevate an authentic approach of quality and flavor, rather than masking or creating something different. Embracing the Northwest through its ingredients, the menu is packed with small plates (“Forest & Garden” and “Sound Sea & Rivers”), large plates and shareable plates, all telling a story of inspiration and purpose:

     

    Maple & Moroccan Spice Roasted Carrots, goats milk labne, chiles, almonds, mint are inspired by Wilson’s fondness for root vegetables and display an approach that is both simple, yet dynamic in flavor, texture and experience.

     

    The Curry Roasted Cauliflower achieves depth in flavor and showcases the vegetable at its cleanest when prepared with green apple, herb hummus, preserved lemon, kale pesto and ver jus, the signature acid for the restaurant.

     

    Drawing the diner into a family-style experience indicative of creating memories in a home, the shareable Grilled Wild Alaska Halibut T-bone, Mustard Green pesto, smoked clam remoulade, sautéed spinach with lemon, saffron potatoes instills a distinctive Northwest spin on a classic American steak preparation.

     

    Located on the second floor of W Bellevue, The Lakehouse’s layout offers many visual areas of interest. Wilson was heavily involved in the design aspects of both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest. For the restaurant, he intended to elicit the feeling of walking into an entertainer’s lake home with vernacular ideas of a house seen through a refined and primitive interpretation. Below the massive trestles is a thoughtful division of rooms with a “living room” and “garden” entry with a communal table and lounge seating; the bar welcomes with inviting counter height marble while the “butler’s pantry” features visible work tops and shelving. Additional seating of banquettes and booths are seen throughout, as well as counter seating at the chefs counter fronting the exhibition grill and working kitchen.

     

    The semi-private “wild primitive” room features porcelain antler sconces and another optional private dining space of “wild modern” features mirrors and screens for subtle transparency at two large tables flanked by a wall of thoughtfully procured wine bottles.

     

    The area’s history is seen in the interior surface of vertical charred wood inspired by shou sugi ban, the wood used for preserving by Japanese migrant workers in the area. Pops of “Lakehouse Blue” are subtly viewed through the sophisticatedly rugged and wild space, accented by soft lighting, polished surfaces and a living column of fresh herbs utilized for food and drink.

     

     

    Civility & Unrest, located on the street level below The Lakehouse, is a plush cocktail bar inspired by a modern, underground speakeasy, where adults of all ages can retreat for a quality craft cocktail without the nightclub chaos, day or night. Small bites offered on the menu complement the Northwest-inspired craft cocktails showcasing local distillers, and the flowing Champagne and sparkling selections, which run a close second.

     

    Framed as a cocktail experience steeped in discovery, the modern speakeasy factor starts with a commissioned, hand-painted mural which guests must walk behind to access a heavily draped entrance. A long bar in the front prominently shows off craft spirits in a lively, communal space; toward the back awaits a provocative and sophisticated space that offers a mix of plush seating, including a large rounded banquette on one wall, tall tables, and bar seating with an opulent chandelier overhead. Although there is a spot for a DJ to play music, expect only ambient lounge music, leaving room for spirited conversation. Other entertainment will range from fashion shows, tattoo artists, unplugged sessions, and trunk shows, all showcasing regional artisans.

     

    Both The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest are owned by Wilson and are run independently by Wilson along with his El Gaucho Hospitality partners. Wilson will also provide room service for W Bellevue’s 220 rooms and 25 suites. In partnership with Kemper Development, Wilson will soon announce a suite of programming and amenities for Two Lincoln Tower, the luxury apartments atop W Bellevue and Lincoln Square South.

     

    The Lakehouse and Civility & Unrest, opening June 15, are located at Lincoln Square Expansion’s new W Bellevue, off Bellevue Way at 10455 NE 5th Place, Bellevue; enter through the hotel or via the Lincoln Square South main retail corridor. The Lakehouse, open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, is found on the second floor and Civility & Unrest is at the street level. W Bellevue is part of The Bellevue Collection, which includes Lincoln Square, Bellevue Square and Bellevue Place. Stay up to date on developments by visiting chefjasonwilson.com, thelakehousebellevue.com and civilityandunrest.com.

     

    About Chef Jason Wilson

    Chef Jason Wilson is a James Beard Award-winning chef and one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs. Wilson is the chef-owner of the forthcoming Civility & Unrest and The Lakehouse opening in Bellevue on June 15, 2017, chef-owner of Miller’s Guild restaurant, executive chef of Coffee Flour, culinary director of El Gaucho Hospitality and runs his own culinary consultancy business. His first restaurant, critically acclaimed CRUSH, received local and national awards and positioned Wilson as a leader in Northwest cuisine and innovative techniques. Visit ChefJasonWilson.com and follow @ChefJasonWilson on Instagram.

     

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  • Sweet Iron Waffle Bar Brings Waffles + More to Capitol Hill! 12.06.16

    Sweet Iron


    Sweet Iron Waffle Bar, a local family owned business with a downtown café, has opened its second, larger location on Capitol Hill on November 7, 2016 at 1416 10th Avenue, Seattle 98122 in the new Broadstone Infinity building.

     

    In a casual café atmosphere, Sweet Iron Waffle Bar’s new 1370 square-foot Capitol Hill café features freshly made, authentic Liège Belgian waffles for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, or grab-and-go boxes by the dozen, as well as a mimosa bar.

     

    Since 2009 Adrienne Jeffrey and her two children Danielle Jeffrey and Paul Jeffrey have been supplying locals, tourists and office workers with a fresh alternative to fried donuts and pastries in their downtown café. Sweet Iron’s specialty Liège Belgian waffle is made with a brioche style yeasted dough, made with locally milled Shepherd’s Grain Flour, then lightly candied with sweet pearls of sugar imported from Europe. The dough rises for two hours before being pressed into an authentic cast iron Belgian waffle iron and baked to rich, caramelized perfection.

     

    Waffles are topped with a choice of quality sweet and savory ingredients, many of which are house made including jams, sauces and compotes. Favorites include: Brûléed Bananas with caramel and whipped cream, or the savory Prosciutto, Crème Fraîche and Green Onions. Mini waffles are available by the dozen and come dusted with powdered sugar, or dipped in dark or white chocolate. 

     

    Sweet Iron will introduce a gluten free waffle at the Capitol Hill location and other new menu items including a “waffle bake” with their signature waffles baked in a rich custard offered exclusively as a weekend brunch item on Saturday and Sunday. Guests can also look for rotating seasonal waffle flavors and unique waffle alternatives including Ice Cream Sundaes using Full Tilt ice cream, Yoghurt Parfaits with berry compote, greek yogurt and Tall Grass Bakery coconut granola and Vegan Chia Parfaits with coconut cream chia pudding, raspberry compote, mango mousse and almonds.

     

    Beverages features fresh-pressed citrus juice available on its own or in mimosa form, alongside Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee, a selection of local and Belgian-imported beer and wine and organic loose-leaf teas.

     

    Hours are Monday–Thursday 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Friday 7 a.m.–midnight, Saturday 8 a.m. – midnight Sunday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.

     

    Sweet Iron is also available for catering small and large events via pick up or drop-off. Orders can be placed online at shop.sweetironwaffle.com

     

    About Sweet Iron Waffle Bar

    Sweet Iron Waffle Bar is a local, family-owned business bringing deliciously authentic Liège waffles to Seattle since 2009. Waffles are made from brioche style dough, studded with sweet pearls of sugar and baked to caramelized perfection in a cast iron waffle iron. Sweet Iron uses the finest all-natural ingredients at both their downtown Seattle and Capitol Hill locations for its menu of sweet and savory, made-to-order Belgian waffles. Enjoy for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or book for catering at local events. Sweet Iron waffles are also available at CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field during game days.

     

    Sweet Iron’s recipes were created by Adrienne Jeffrey and were inspired by the waffles she grew up eating as a child. Before opening in 2009 she and daughter Danielle made a research trip to Belgium to take waffle-making classes, sample local waffles, and perfect their recipes. www.sweetironwaffles.com

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  • Dining options in Seattle add another degree to summer 05.03.16

    Summer is fast approaching and restaurants are busy preparing their patios, creating delicious menus with seasonal summer ingredients and making innovative beverages. The vast multitude of outdoor dining options around Seattle means locals can enjoy the summer sun, from a light snack to a sunset dinner.

     

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    Agrodolce

    Experience a taste of Italy while relaxing and absorbing Seattle’s summer sun on the beautiful and casual patio at Agrodolce. Based in Freemont, the restaurant re-creates Italy’s coastal cuisine with the best organic ingredients in the area.

     

    The menu at Agrodolce comprises of many beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, with exciting colors and presentations that scream summer. Some summer-inspired beverages include: Campari & Soda, Aperol Spritz and Vodka Dolce.

     

    Guests at Agrodolce can also enjoy a happy hour menu starting at $4, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily that includes Mini Lamb Burger & Polenta Fries, Vegetable Fritto Misto and the Antipasti Plate.

     

    For reservations visit agrodolcerestaurant.net or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th St., Seattle.

     

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    Golden Beetle

    Drawing from Turkey, Israel and Egypt, Golden Beetle is the perfect place to explore the wonders of the Mediterranean during the summer months, while relaxing in the shade or enjoying the sun on the restaurant’s newly refinished patio.

     

    Golden Beetle’s delicious seasonal cocktails are fashioned with house made bitters, tinctures, sodas, garnishes and infusions to create unique flavors. Notable cocktails and beverages include the Paradiso Cooler, The Duneagle and the Rosemary Margarita. There are also non-alcoholic options including the House-made Orange Vanilla Chamomile Soda.

     

    Golden Beetle is well known for happy hour, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Starting at $3, options include Spicy Hummus & Pita Chips, long-time guest favorite Savory Chickpea & Lemon Stew or light, fresh and spicy Carrot and Kale Salad.

     

    For more information, visit golden-beetle.com or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St., Seattle.

     

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    Tilth

    Be treated like family, savor the summer weather and dine on New American cuisine on the garden patio at Tilth. With 8 wooden tables and rows of greenery, the patio is the perfect place to enjoy brunch, a cocktail, or dinner on a beautiful summer night. There is also an indoor sunroom for those seeking the view of the outdoors with the comfort of an indoor atmosphere.

     

    The restaurant takes pride in the beverages it serves. Cocktails include Limonada Romero, Ernest on the Beach and Bonny Prince Charming. The seasonal dinner menu, starting at $9, includes House Made Gnocchi, Skagit River Ranch Pork Loin and Pan Seared Weathervane Scallop

     

    Reservations can be made by calling Tilth at 206.633.0801 or online at tilthrestaurant.com Tilth is located in Wallingford at 141 N. 45th St., Seattle.

     

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    Altstadt

    Experience German culture, history and cuisine during the summer at Altstadt, located in Pioneer Square. While the indoor bierhalle has plenty of seating, the sidewalk patio fronting 1st Avenue promises great people watching, especially on game days just steps from the stadiums.

     

    The restaurant serves a range of German dishes created with a Northwest pantry, including happy hour items starting at $5. Served 3-6 p.m. daily, except game days, guests can enjoy Obazta, a camembert and cream cheese ball, or a Brat slider served on a pretzel bun, both house-made.

     

    Cocktails are enjoyed in Seattle and at Altstadt, it’s no exception. While beer is the big draw, cocktails such as Französisch (Bertina elderflower liqueur, gin, grapefruit, Maisel & Friends Pale Ale) and Rhabarber Collins (Blanco tequila, lime, agave and rhubarb) won’t disappoint.

     

    For more information, visit altstadtseattle.com or call 206.602.6442. Altstadt is located in Pioneer Square at 209 1st Avenue South, Seattle.

     

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    Volterra

    Guests will be transported from Ballard to the beautiful Tuscan sun on the patio at Volterra. Noted for its relaxing garden-like appeal, it’s the perfect place to enjoy house-made Italian cuisine.

     

    The Tuscan-inspired menu puts together a combination of imported and local ingredients that create a variety of unique and seasonal dishes. It includes a number of excellent summer-inspired beverages including Tuscan Limoncello Rosemary Drop, Grapefruit Negroni #2 and Clementine Sparkle.

     

    Volterra’s happy hour menu starting at $4, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends includes Pan Seared Scallop, Polenta and Wild Mushroom and Super Smoked Chicken Wings.

     

    Volterra is located at 5411 Ballard Ave. NW., Seattle. Reservations can be made at volterraballard.com or by calling 206.789.5100.

     

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    Ray’s Boathouse & Café

    Boasting amazing views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, Ray’s Boathouse and Café is the place to be during the summer.

     

    Ray’s Café features a large outdoor patio where guests can enjoy the warm weather and the view, while dining on seasonal dishes and drinking a selection of summer-inspired cocktails, and 20 microbrews on tap. Other notable beverages include the non-alcoholic Sunset Cooler, and fruity cocktails such as the Rosemary Grapefruit Drop and White Peach Cosmo.

     

    Happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily, with dishes starting at $5, include Penn Cove Mussels Marinara, Salmon Sliders and Blackened Ahi Tostada.

     

    Downstairs in the Boathouse, take in stunning floor to ceiling views of the Sound, sip on handcrafted cocktails like the Champs-Élysées and Jungle Bird, as well as an excellent local wine list. Guests can compliment their beverage with seasonal items on the Boathouse happy hour menu from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. including Little Skookum Clam Dip, Steamed Manila Clams and Puget Sound Mediterranean Mussels, starting at $7.

     

    For Boathouse reservations, call 206.789.3770 or visit rays.com/rays-boathouse-reservation. For Café reservations, call 206.782.0094 or visit rays.com/rays-cafe-reservation. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle.

     

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    Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events

    The large sidewalk patio at Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events in Belltown is the perfect place to enjoy Seattle’s sun while consuming excellent dishes like house-made sausages or drinking a cold one from their 66 taps. The patio features large roll-up doors around the perimeter of the restaurant, bringing the outdoors in for those sitting inside. Guests can also make use of the patio’s overhang and relax in some shade.

     

    Bell + Whete serves brunch and dinner as well as a seasonal happy hour outdoors. Happy hour, starting at $4 and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. includes options like Red Harissa Mussels, House Ground Steak Burger and Cod Brandade. Guests can compliment their meal with the restaurant’s vast selection of beverages such as whiskey, fine gins and seasonal cocktails. Notable summer cocktails include Fresa Diabla, Rose Royale and Lady Eleanor.

     

    Reservations can be made at bellandwhete.com or by calling 206.538.0180. Bell + Whete Gastropub + Events is located at 200 Bell St, Seattle

     

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    Cafe Flora

    Seattle’s best vegetarian restaurant offers delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch menus to enjoy al fresco in the summer months. Guests can dine while sitting in Cafe Flora’s outdoor patio, located in a quant and welcoming garden. The patio features outdoor lights, an herb garden and more that Cafe Flora plants and harvests for their summer menus.

     

    Meals can be complimented with an assortment of beverages like local wine, beer and cider, as well as seasonal cocktails like Flower Child, Oxacan Sand and house-made Fizzes with seasonal summer fruits and herbs.

     

    Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle. Visit cafeflora.com for more information.

     

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    Local 360 Café & Bar

    At Local 360 Café & Bar, downtown diners can enjoy food and beverages made from ingredients sourced within 360 miles of Seattle. Their sidewalk patio provides a front row seat to First Avenue and Bell Street, just blocks from Pike Place Market. While relaxing in the sun, diners can enjoy the most comprehensive, locally sourced spirits collection in Washington State, local beer, wine and seasonal cocktails with names highlighting the city. Notable cocktails include Seattle’s Seasonal Shrub, Sage in the City and Jet Stream.

     

    Guests can have lunch, dinner, happy hour or weekend brunch on the patio. Happy hour from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily includes Oysters on the Half Shell for $1 each, Poutine with Lamb Neck Gravy, Chilled Beets and Bacon Deviled Eggs.

     

    Local 360 is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Ave., Seattle. Reservations can be made at local360.org or by calling 206.441.9460.

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  • A Taste of this Fall’s Seattle Restaurant Week 10.14.15


    Seattle Restaurant Week (SRW) returns this month for a 10-day dining celebration October 18-22 and October 25-29. Over 150 restaurants throughout King County participate in this twice-yearly event celebrating the area’s best restaurants, local dining and fall-inspired menus!

    Restaurants offer special two-course lunch menus for $15 and three-course dinner menus for $30 featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients. Each menu has something for everyone with at least three options to choose from for each course—many of which are vegan, vegetarian and/or gluten-free. SRW is a great reason to try that restaurant you’ve been eyeing, explore a new dish at your neighborhood hangout, or treat your loved ones to a well-deserved night out.

    Here’s what you can enjoy from our clients during the city’s biggest dining celebration:

    Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake

    Award-winning Organic Cuisine at Tilth
    Critically acclaimed, New American restaurant Tilth in Wallingford is the perfect place to get cozy as the chilly fall days approach. James Beard Award-winning Chef Maria Hines has created a dinner menu for SRW filled with fall favorites, including many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Warm up with creamy Cauliflower Soup or fall-inspired Carnaroli Risotto made with delicata squash and pepita. Continue with mustard-glazed Roasted Washington Chicken or fresh Abalone Mushroom roasted to perfection. Then, finish with a slice of salty-sweet Theo Chocolate Ganache Cake or a Buttermilk Panna Cotta. (And that’s not even the whole menu.) Any three-course combination at Tilth will leave your stomach happy and anticipating your next Tilth dinner!

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    Local Eats with Eastern Mediterranean Flare at Golden Beetle
    Golden Beetle in Ballard celebrates SRW with specially crafted Eastern Mediterranean lunch and dinner menus. Chef Maria Hines applies her award-winning talents to cuisines from Cairo, Istanbul and Beirut, using local and organic ingredients. The lunch menu features Eastern Mediterranean classics like serrano and tahini Spicy Hummus, flavorful Pork and Lamb Gyro with cabbage slaw, and crispy fava bean Herbed Falafel. Highlights from the dinner menu include Goat Cheese Stuffed Date with spicy harissa, kale and garlic; savory Chickpea & Lemon Stew with walnut and almond; and rich Baklava Ice Cream with walnut and cinnamon. Pair your meal with a unique, seasonal craft cocktail from their cocktail menu, or tell the bartender what you like and they’ll craft something special to match your SRW menu picks.

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    Handcrafted Sicilian Favorites at Agrodolce
    The third of Chef Maria Hines’ restaurants, Fremont-based Agrodolce, features special SRW lunch and dinner menus for all Italian lovers, with the majority of dishes being gluten-free or vegan-friendly. Beloved dishes such as the Hand Made Emmer Rigatoni with house marinara is offered for lunch and dinner alongside seasonal specialties including warm Winter Squash Soup with focaccia croutons, Toasted durum Mafalde with pistachio pesto, and Olive Oil Cake, a moist Italian treat. Recently named one of the top 52 vegetarian restaurants in the country, Agrodolce is a great gathering place for friends and family of all appetites.

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    Seafood with a Breathtaking View at Ray’s Boathouse & Café
    Ray’s has truly gone above and beyond for this year’s SRW with lunch and dinner menus filled with special fall-inspired dishes. Ray’s Café is a great option for a casual lunch or dinner with family and friends, and Ray’s Boathouse provides a picturesque dinner setting to enjoy fresh, elegantly prepared, sustainable seafood and exquisite yet approachable wines. The Café menus feature Pacific Northwest classics such as NW Coho in sake kasu, Smoked Salmon and penne, and Olympic Mountain Ice Cream in a variety of local flavors, while the Boathouse menu includes specially crafted fall dishes such as Fall Risotto with black kale, artichokes and goat cheese, as well as fall foraged, Wild and Cultivated Mushrooms, and caramel-spiked Pumpkin Panna Cotta to finish. Indulge in these delicious dishes while enjoying a gorgeous waterfront view of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains.

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    Savory, Sustainable Dishes at Local 360 Café & Bar
    Local 360 Café & Bar in Belltown prides itself on its sustainable, real food philosophy and has gathered some of the best local ingredients to create its SRW dinner menu. Explore unique appetizers such as Lamb Carpaccio with kabocha kimchee, or bittersweet Grilled Radicchio with house mozzarella and oregano. Enjoy fresh entrees including Fishmongers Stew with Pacific Northwest clams and mussels or chili-honey glazed Woodgrilled Beef Tri Tip with garlic smashed pumpkin. Hold on to the last, lingering bits of summer with This Summer’s Berry Cobbler with vegan cream cheese ice cream, or fully embrace the fall with a Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with amaro chantilly cream. Anything you choose is going to be fresh, local and mouthwatering.

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    Tradition with a Twist at Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    From the beginning, friends and family have gathered at the local pub to celebrate birthdays and holidays, wind down after a long day at work, or just enjoy a relaxing evening with their loved ones. Why not continue that tradition during SRW? Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge’s European-inspired SRW dinner menu includes creamy Parsnip Soup with beetroot, caraway and vanilla, Shaved Winter Squashes with spiced farmer’s cheese, Wild Salmon marinated with preserved lemon chermoula, chunky Vegetable Stew, Poached Pear with banana caramel and milk crumble, and more. And don’t forget to pair your SRW dinner with one of their 60+ beers on tap, 100 gins and whiskies, or 30+ wines by the glass.

    Don’t miss the chance to savor these restaurants’ special SRW menus for as little as $15 per person October 18-22 and October 25-29. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit the SRW website and for year-round updates and food-spiration, follow SRW on Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget to follow along online using #SeattleRestaurantWeek or #SRW when posting your food and drink pics during SRW!

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  • Spoil Mom with Mother’s Day Brunch, Lunch or Dinner! 04.30.15

    There are plenty of options to make every mom feel special this Mother’s Day as local restaurants prepare specialty menus for the May 10 holiday. From savory, hearty dishes to sweet treats and vegetarian-friendly meals, mom can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner at some of Seattle’s finest restaurants.



    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge
    Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is known for its modern interpretation of old-world, Norman-inspired dishes, from traditional favorites to new and surprising options that will intrigue and satisfy mom.

    Special brunch items include Warm Asparagus + Dungeness Crab Salad with slow poached egg, hollandaise, grapefruit; Lemon Ricotta Crepes with blueberries and brown sugar walnut crumble; and a Mimosa Flight-three for $12 featuring sparkling wine with seasonal mixers.

    Dinner offers their regular menu plus Bell + Whete’s Sunday Pig Roast. $26 per person includes: whole young Heritage Meats roasted pig, salt roasted potatoes, spring asparagus, citrus chili garlic drippings and housemade Bannock bread, served on a wooden board for family style or individual servings.

    Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner begins at 4 p.m. and the pig roast is served from 5 p.m. until they run out. The full menu can be found here. Reservations can be made here or by calling 206.538.0180. Bell + Whete European Kitchen + Lounge is located in Belltown at 200 Bell Street, Seattle.
     



    Local 360 Cafe & Bar
    Only the freshest, local ingredients can be found at Local 360 Cafe & Bar, ensuring a Mother’s Day brunch that’s sure to please locals and out-of-town guests alike.

    Mother’s Day brunch specials include Strawberry Rhubarb Waffles with Pok Pok apple curd, Baked Duck Eggs with asparagus, morels and Fincchiona salami; and a Rose flight for $12.

    Weekend brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The full brunch menu can be found here. For reservations click here or call 206.441.9360. Local 360 Cafe & Bar is located in Belltown at 2234 1st Avenue, Seattle.



    Ray’s Boathouse & Café
    Celebrate mom with one of the best views in Seattle at Ray’s Boathouse & Café. Enjoy their Mother’s Day buffet brunch in the Café or choose to dine in the Boathouse for a special à la carte brunch menu. Both the Cafè and Boathouse will serve regular dinner menus. Fresh, local seafood and rich, flavorful dishes cover the extensive menus.

    Boathouse brunch menu includes: Ray’s Benedict with Dungeness crab meat, baby arugula, poached eggs, hollandaise and roasted red potatoes; Sirloin + Eggs with Apple wood grilled sirloin, over easy eggs, roasted potatoes and arugula salad; and Frittata with eggs, asparagus, bell pepper, zucchini, aged cheddar, arugula salad, roasted red potatoes. The Boathouse will also be serving assorted appetizers, fresh local seafood and chef specialties.

    Ray’s Café buffet menu features Brioche French ToastScrambled EggsFennel-Mushroom Hash with new potatoes and herbs, House Smoked Wild Alaskan Salmon with ginger-peach chutney, Fennel Dusted Ling Cod, Bay Shrimp Mac n’ Cheese, Penn Cove Manila Clams with white wine, garlic and butter, Sautéed Prawns, and assorted house made desserts and pastries.

    The Boathouse will be open for an à la carte brunch including a full children’s menu from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., and will serve dinner from 3-9 p.m. The Café will serve its brunch buffet from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with the last seating at 2 p.m.; $45 for adults and $20 for children five to 11 years of age (children under age five eat free). The Café will serve its regular dinner menu from 3-9 p.m.

    Reservations are strongly recommended for both locations. For Boathouse reservations call 206.789.3770 or click here. For Café reservations call 206.782.0094 or click here. Ray’s Boathouse & Café are located just outside Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle. Mother’s Day menus can be found here. Ray’s Boathouse and Café are located in Ballard at 6049 Seaview Avenue Northwest, Seattle.



    Cafe Flora
    Cafe Flora has a beautiful three-course vegetarian and vegan brunch menu that is perfect for those looking for a healthy and hearty Mother’s Day meal; and kids will enjoy their own three-course menu.

    Start with Tropical Berry Salad and Bergamot Cardamom Beignets with bergamot meyer lemon curd, and lavender sugar (available vegan and gluten free); choose a main course including Spanish Tortilla with new potato and sweet onion omelet, nasturtium chimichurri, lime crème fraiche, carrot reduction and tom thumb lettuce salad (gluten free); and end with dessert including Rhubarb Pistachio Entremet with lemon almond sponge, rhubarb gelee, white chocolate hazelnut crunch, vanilla mousse and pistachio macaron.

    A special kids menu includes starter of Tropical Berry Salad with fresh berries, papaya, mango and passion fruit; Chocolate Strawberry Banana French Toast or Egg or Tofu Scramble with cheddar cheese, crispy potatoes and fresh fruit (both available vegan and gluten free, nut free); and Heart Shaped Strawberry Sundae with vanilla ice cream, chocolate heart, strawberries and hot fudge (vegan, gluten free and nut free).

    Sunday brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Main brunch menu is $35 and kids menu is $15. The full menu can be found here. Reservations are required for all parties and can be made by calling 206.325.9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison St., Seattle.


    Volterra
    Volterra is offering a Tuscan-inspired Mother’s Day brunch menu with deliciously fragrant flavors from Italy imported by Chef Don Curtiss and combined with ingredients that make the Pacific Northwest so unique.

    Treat mom to a brunch including Chestnut Pancakes with buckwheat and chestnut flour pancakes, sautéed apples, chestnut flavored mascarpone and powdered sugar; Wild Mushroom Scramble with locally harvested wild mushrooms, eggs, Fontina, arugula and white truffle oil served with Volterra hash browns; and Milano! Milano! with savory herb bread pudding, eggs, asparagus tips and smoked Gouda cream. The full menu can be found here.

    Volterra is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mother’s Day. For reservations click here or call 206.789.5100. Volterra Ballard is located at 5411 Ballard Avenue NW. Kirkland location will also be offering Mother’s Day brunch.

    Golden Beetle Dips

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    Golden Beetle the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant from Chef Maria Hines features a special three-course brunch menu perfect for Mother’s Day. Local ingredients and bold flavors and spices from the Eastern Mediterranean are combined to create one-of-a-kind dishes.

    Three-course menu options include Arabic Egg with potato latka, asparagus and merguez; Spring Onion & Wild Mushroom Scramble with herbed feta, harissa aioli, and beef fat potato; and Warm Brioche Bread Pudding with crème anglaise, espresso caramel, and cocoa nibs.

    Brunch is $25 per person for the three-course menu. Extended brunch hours run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children may order brunch items a la carte. For reservations, click here or call 206.706.2977. Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market Street, Seattle.



    Sushi Kappo Tamura
    Partake in fresh, sustainable sushi, seafood, and other Japanese dishes for a special Mother’s Day lunch at Sushi Kappo Tamura. Chef Taichi knows how to pick his fish, so treat mom to some of the best seafood in the northwest with authentic Japanese preparation.

    Lunch items include Skagit River Ranch Wagyu beef konabe; Chef’s Choice Sashimi; Takiawase with satoimo, kabocha, prawn, hirouse and snow pea; Shiraae with asparagus, red crab and shimeji; Daikon lemonzukeChawanmushi with jidori eggs, Neah Bay black cod and Alaskan red crab; Fraser River Sockeye topped with Puget Sound Ikura.

    Mom’s will also get a special treat for dessert with the debut of house made Matcha ice cream parfait.

    Drinks specially designed for mom include Pear Mimosa; Hendrick’s Gin and Freshly Muddled Cucumber with a dash of St. Germain; and non-alcoholic choices such as Yuzu Honey Iced Black Tea and Strawberry Calpico Soda.

    Lunch is $50 for adults and $22 for children 12 and under. For reservations, click here or call 206.547.0937. Sushi Kappo Tamura is located in Eastlake at 2968 Eastlake Avenue East, Seattle.



    Agrodolce
    James Beard Award-winning Chef Maria Hines has prepared a Sicilian Mother’s Day brunch for Agrodolce. Featuring several options under each of the three courses, this menu has something for every palate.

    First choice options include Citrus Fruit Plate with grapefruit brulee, greek yogurt, cocoa nib granola; Spicy Greens Salad with toasted almond, creamy pecorino and oregano vinaigrette; Savory Scone provolone picante, spicy salami, oregano. Second choice options include Spring Hash featuring lamb sausage, spring vegetables, sunny side up egg; Asparagus Omelet with morels, mama lil’s coulis, crème fraiche; Cured Salmon Benedict featuring root vegetable cake, arugula hollandaise, salmon roe. Finish brunch with a choice of Mini Waffle topped with rhubarb compote, orange syrup, chantilly; Focaccia French Toast Bites with espresso syrup, seasonal fruit coulis or Limoncello Sorbetto with candied fennel, toasted hazelnut.

    The three-course prix-fixe brunch is $25 per person. Extended brunch hours run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children may order menu items a la carte. For reservations, click here or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.



    Tilth
    Chef Maria Hines has created a special three-course prix fixe for Mother’s Day at Tilth. Enjoy brunch in the intimate craftsman house or on their garden patio. Organic and locally sourced ingredients along with friendly staff that treat guests like family creates a welcoming Mother’s Day setting.

    The menu includes Coffee Roasted Celery Root Salad with baby lettuces, Holmquist hazelnuts and maple vinaigrette; brunch favorite Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Chicken Gravy with Washington chicken, fried egg and preserved lemon; and House Made Sourdough Waffle with maple butter, apple compote and candied pecan. The full menu can be found here.

    Extended brunch hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch is $30 per person for the three-course prix-fixe. Children may order menu items a la carte. Reservations can be made here or by calling 206.633.0801. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th Street, Seattle.

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  • Seattle Restaurant Week is HERE! 04.13.15

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    Spring not only brings warmer weather, but also a plethora of delicious restaurants offering even more delicious deals during the 11th Seattle Restaurant Week. Over 165 restaurants are opening their doors now through April 23 (Sun-Thurs only), to diners who want to taste the best spring ingredients while getting the best deal. New additions to the long list include, Hecho, Percy’s & Co, Ming China Bistro, and Amaro Bistro.

    Seattle Restaurant Week caters to all preferences of taste: from vegan and vegetarian to gluten-free and all-in eater, you’re bound to find a restaurant with a menu perfectly suited for you! Spread across Seattle and Eastside neighborhoods for 10 days, diners have two opportunities a day to fit SRW into busy schedules. If you don’t have time for the delicious 3-course dinner for $30, take a relaxing lunch break and munch on a 2-course meal for $15.

    Not only does SRW have ample dining options, they’re also giving out gift cards daily! Enter at SeattleRestaurantWeek.com to make sure you get a chance to keep the dining experience going. Also check out SRW’s Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the many restaurants, their chefs, and the effort that goes into their dishes.

    Make your reservations now for Seattle Restaurant Week!

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  • SRW Video Series Day 2: Chef Nick Novello of Skillet Diner 10.21.14

    What can you do with quail and fall squash? Chef Nick Novello of Skillet Diner shows how to create the feeling of fall with his brown butter cold smoked quail dish for Seattle Restaurant Week. Visit Skillet Diner Ballard or Skillet Diner Capitol Hill during Seattle Restaurant Week for lunch and dinner.

    Seattle Restaurant Week is featuring $30 3-course dinners and $15 2-course lunches from your favorite restaurants, Oct. 19-23 and 26-30. See all the restaurants that are participating here.

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  • SRW Video Series Day 1: Mauro Golmarvi, Assaggio Ristorante 10.20.14

    In honor of Seattle Restaurant Week starting yesterday, we will be sharing videos from a handful of participating restaurants all week! Check back each day to get a behind the scenes look at SRW menus, dishes, tips on how to use seasonal ingredients, and more!

    Today, Chef Mauro Golmarvi of Assaggio Ristorante shares his enticing Seattle Restaurant Week spread and some exciting news about the restaurant. Warning, this video make cause drooling and sudden urges to book your reservation before they are gone!

    Enjoy $30 3-course dinners and $15 2-course lunches from your favorite restaurants, Oct. 19-23 and 26-30. See which restaurants are participating here.


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  • Open Wide for Seattle Restaurant Week! 10.19.14

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    The area is buzzing with the onset of Seattle Restaurant Week! The broadest reaching, largest dining celebration in the area is happening now through October 30 (excluding Friday and Saturday). SRW continues to offer the best dining deals around with three-course dinners for $30 and two-course lunches for $15.
    From new participants such as Vespolina, Bell + Whete and Mkt to longtime classics such as Dahlia Lounge, Tilth and Nell’s, over 160 restaurants in King County are offering diners a delicious way to dine! A generous three-quarters of participants offer menus with vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free menu options. Many restaurants also offer optional beverage pairings and their usual kids menus, making SRW a family occasion, not just ideal for date night or group night.
    Menus overflow with fall harvest including squash, pumpkin, foraged mushrooms, artichokes, game meats and more! See the creativity of these chefs as they utilize local ingredients on the diverse menus showcasing ethnic cuisines including Indian, French, Japanese, Italian and New American.
    An ideal opportunity for locals and visitors alike, view a list of participating restaurants and menus at www.SeattleRestaurantWeek.com.
    Get more of the inside scoop on Seattle Restaurant Week by visiting SRW’s Facebook and Twitter pages that highlight participating chefs, showcase seasonal ingredients common on SRW menus, and present intriguing restaurant videos. You can also win gift cards to participating restaurants online as well!
    See some of the chefs preview menus on New Day Northwest:

    Sullivan’s Steakhouse

    Le Grand Bistro Americain

    Tavolata

    Seastar Restaurant + Raw Bar
    View the Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau, as he combs the University District Famers Market for SRW menu ingredients for LUC.


    Enjoy!

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  • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at Parlor Live Seattle! 07.10.14



    Parlor Live is known for being the largest comedy-dedicated venue in Seattle, but did you know you can also dine at this new downtown restaurant and bar? Head over to Parlor Live Seattle to laugh the night away and enjoy a few of their crave-able classics.

    Located just a block away from Pacific Place, visit Parlor Live for lunch, happy hour, or dinner for a modestly priced meal right in the middle of downtown. Gone are the days of comedy club food consisting of microwaved chicken tenders or salad out of a bag. Instead, get a top-notch comedy show AND dining experience at Parlor Live Seattle!

    Satisfy your lunchtime tastes buds with filet steak medallions frites, chili dusted hand cut fries with béarnaise aioli; beef tenderloin dip sliders; dungeness crab cake; or Mezza plate, with cauliflower falafel, garlicky-cumin white bean hummus, veggies, feta, marinated olives, and a warm pita. All of their lunch menu items are conveniently priced $20 or less.

    Come by a little later for happy hour, daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday 7 p.m. to close. All food items from the dinner menu, excluding entrees and sides, are 50% off! Yes, that includes the specialty blackened chicken pizza, duck sausage corn dogs, and sesame seared tuna! Treat yourself to a Parlor Tini for $6, draft beer for $4.50, or a house red, white, & sparkling wine for only $5 during happy hour.

    Settle into a booth for a full dinner experience where you can indulge in the prosciutto wrapped gulf prawns with grilled pineapple salsa and jalapeño aioli; the pan roasted marsala chicken breast, with garlic-marsala pan jus and mushroom bread pudding; or the prosciutto di parma specialty pizza, with fresh mozzarella, marinara, and fried capers. Enjoy any one of your meals in the Parlor Live Seattle restaurant, Escape Lounge, or during the show!



    View more menu items online and also be sure to check out the upcoming comedy shows. Laugh the night away with the world’s funniest comedians. Eat, drink, and be merry at Parlor Live Seattle!

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