Have you ever had an award-winning cocktail? How about one with cumin, carrots, egg whites and gin? One of the bartending industry’s most prestigious cocktail competitions took place on August 23 with a state-wide search for “The Most Inspired Bartender” competition. The winner was Milagro Cantina and Hector’s own Mark Sexauer with his inspired cocktail, The Forager.
The fun doesn’t end there. Mark is taking The Forager to Las Vegas this weekend to compete against 46 other bartenders from around the country for the national title of “The Most Inspired Bartender.” The winner doesn’t just walk away with the title, but will also walk away with the cover of an upcoming GQ magazine (after all, it’s their competition along with the United States Bartenders Guild) and fly to London for the international competition.
How you can join the fun? Mark will be shaking up The Forager TONIGHT ONLY at Milagro Cantina. Taste how creative and balanced a cocktail can be and, as 425 Magazine puts it, “support your local bartender!” And why not? It’s a gorgeous day for a Forager.
Check out the recipe that Mark shared with Seattle Met. Thirsty yet? We’ll see you soon!
This has been a year of many, many, MANY new restaurants gracing the greater Seattle area. From Redmond to West Seattle, Woodinville to Kent, there has been a new restaurant cropping up every week – or so it seems! The competition is tough, but we believe that competition breeds excellence . . .
We are very pleased to announce that our client, Milagro Cantina, has been voted Best New Restaurant by the readers of 425 Magazine. Open a mere six months, the crew at Milagro started with a bang and has only been getting better and better, putting their best foot forward and creating wonderful impression upon memorable impression for the guests that walk through their steel doors.
The July issue of 425 Magazine, out on newsstands today, also includes a four page spread on Milagro Cantina and Chef Chris Peterson. That gives you at least two reasons to pick up the magazine – and the editors give you many, many more reasons to grab your own Best Of issue or read online.
A big thanks to all that voted for Milagro. If you haven’t been yet then the outdoor patio, a plate of tacos and a Prickly Pear Lemonade should give you reason enough to check out Milagro Cantina this summer and decide for yourself!
Milagro Cantina, the latest Eastside destination for Mexican cuisine, is about to reveal a more spirited side with a day-into-night Cinco de Mayo fiesta!
Tomorrow, May 5, Milagro will make room for a liberating Cinco de Mayo by clearing out the dining room and inviting in a real fiesta! The celebration is one that marks Mexico’s day of independence as much as it gives reason to savor the restaurant’s multi-regional Mexican cuisine and usher in the (hopeful) summer weather! Incredible $5 food specials, $5-7 drink specials, and an expansive, heated outdoor patio make Milagro a Mayo must.
Milagro has the celebration covered with eight different special menu items, each $5:
~ Chorizo-stuffed boneless chicken wings (one of our absolute favorites!)
~ Sweet corn, goat cheese and red chile fritters
~ Street tacos al pastor
~ Street tacos pescado
~ Shrimp cocktail shooters
~ Jalapeno poppers stuffed with chorizo crouton stuffing
~ Bacon wrapped hot dog with pickled jalapenos, pico de gallo & cream cheese
All of this food will no doubt have you parched for some Mexican inspired drinks and of course Milagro delivers there too:
~ Cinco Margarita with Tradicional Reposado, orange cordial, lime juice, lemon juice, agave
~ Prickly Pear Lemonade with Absolut Wild Tea
~ Blanco & Mexican Coke
~ Draft and bottled beer including Pacifico, Victoria, Negro Modelo and Corona!
Can you say ay yi yi?!
While you’re planning how to fit in all 8 items plus cocktails, take a minute to vote for Milagro Cantina in 425 Magazine’s Best Of voting, ending tomorrow! The competition is steep, but we are rooting for the Best New Restaurant category. Vote here!
Milagro Cantina is located in downtown Kirkland at 148 Lake Street South. Milagro offers parking at its private 90 stall monitored lot and street parking.
425 Magazine is holding its annual “Best of” voting now through May 5! Vote for your favorite local businesses, personalities, recreational areas and more! Let everyone else in on the secret places that you’ve discovered for fun, food, fitness and fashion. The winners will appear in the summer issue and no doubt it will be an issue that sticks around until the next one comes along! You’ll be able to flip through it for a year, admire your handy work, and discover other places that shouldn’t be missed on the Eastside.
We have our own favorites, too!
Best New Restaurant? Kirkland’s own Milagro Cantina!
Taking the Eastside by storm since December, Milagro’s Mexican fare is turning heads and earning rave critic reviews from the neighborhood and the big boys. The molé is a hit, the guacamoles continue to please and the wide variety of tacos are favorites for lunch, dinner or in the bar. Whether you cozy up to the indoor fire pit, bask in the rays on the patio, pick your tequila from the expansive tequila tree in the bar, or enjoy the beautifully adorned dining room, Milagro’s food, service, cocktails and attention to detail will leave you singing ay-yi-yi all the way home!
Best Gym? Pure Barre Bellevue!
Well technically it’s not a gym but we dare you to find a better workout and personal trainers. Pure Barre works all of our hard-to-tone areas like our abs, arms, thighs and seat and does so through a winning combination of ballet, Pilates and weights. Set to fast-paced music the 55-minute workouts fly by and leave you feeling toned and stretched. Try your first class for free and vote for Pure Barre! You’ll thank us later!
If you haven’t checked out Milagro Cantina and Pure Barre, then do your due diligence before voting, but hurry, ballots close May 5.
Vote here: 425magazine.com.
Milagro Cantina earns 3 stars! 03.11.11
Anyone that follows local restaurant critics knows that they don’t just dish out stars left and right. The compliments, the nods and the glowing five points (those stars again) are very much earned. That is why we are cracking tequila bottles and raising a Milagro Margarita to Jason, Chef Chris and the entire crew of Milagro Cantina! The critics have discovered that your Mexican food, decor and staff are stellar (something that we had the pleasure of finding out a long time ago!).
Today, they were awarded three stars in The Seattle Times by longtime restaurant critic Providence Cicero. Check it out, let your mouth water and then pick up your phone to make a reservation for lunch or dinner – As noted in the headline “The party’s on at Kirkland’s Milagro Cantina.” Arriba! Arriba!
Milagro Cantina Opens Today! 12.09.10
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MILAGRO CANTINA OPENS TODAY!
New Kirkland restaurant features sophisticated Mexican fare, custom furnishings
SEATTLE—(Dec. 9, 2010)—The greater Puget Sound area will finally get what it has been eagerly awaiting with today’s opening of Milagro Cantina, a new 300-plus-seat restaurant in downtown Kirkland. Milagro, taken from the Spanish word for “miracle,” is a stunning 8,000 square foot space offering sophisticated Mexican fare, one-of-a-kind art installations and comfortable, hand-selected design elements in an approachable setting.
The menu at Milagro draws upon foods, cultures and cooking techniques from across Mexico, encompassing the molés of Oaxaca, seafood from Baja, street foods of Mexico City, barbacoa from Central Mexico and the grilled foods found across Sonora. Milagro’s authentic cuisine will incorporate sustainable ingredients from Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. Executive Chef Chris Peterson’s menu is based on his extensive travel and research throughout Mexico, further enhanced by his 15 years of culinary experience as a private chef, sous chef at Café Campagne and most recently as the executive chef at the illustrious Bis on Main.
The menu includes such dishes as: Sopes de Milagro crisp corn masa cakes filled with tequila, bacon and chipotle black beans, queso fresco, key lime crema ($8); Tamal de Puerco con Chile Guajillo braised pork and guajillo chile sauce steamed in a banana leaf, cilantro, pickled onion salad ($8); Salpicon de Langosta y Pulpo lobster, octopus, serrano chiles, mango and avocado on a tostada ($15); Torta Ahogada braised pork and chorizo in tomato sauce on bolillo bread dipped in red chile sauce with cabbage and cilantro ($12); Mole Rojo con Pollo Oaxacan red mole with braised chicken and white rice ($17); and Lubina a la Veracruzana fresh wild striped bass, tomatoes, serrano chiles, capers and olives with green rice ($21).
Milagro’s cocktail menu features unique, seasonal ingredients that pair well with Milagro’s Mexican cuisine. Signature cocktails, ranging from $8 to $13, include: White Peach-Serrano Margarita white peach puree, serrano tincture, Espolon Reposado tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, agave; Washington Margarita house-infused Green Apple blanco tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, agave; Malta Punch Malta, Appleton VS rum, pineapple juice, lime juice, cane syrup; and Chino Moreno tradicional 100% Agave Reposado tequila, Benedictine, Liquore Strega, lemon juice, red wine float.
Milagro’s exceptional offerings go well past its culinary fare. The main feature of Milagro’s 60-plus-seat bar is a 24-foot wide and 7-foot tall forged steel “tequila tree” inspired by windblown Cypress trees and adorned with Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) steel skeletons and platforms for Milagro’s top shelf tequilas. The bar features an indoor fire pit with seating and the expansive dining room is embellished with a petrified wood art-piece that incorporates movement of both fire and water. Other carefully selected details include radiant heated floors, heating elements built into the awnings of the 100-plus-seat patio and many unique recycled elements that the Milagro team meticulously chose, including the black walnut bar top and the rusted steel candle backdrop. Mexican inspired lanterns provide gentle lighting throughout the restaurant and the Chef’s Table features a playful, mirrored glass piñata of a donkey made by an artist in Guadalajara.
In addition to Peterson, Director of Operations Jason Harris leads the Milagro team. Harris’ former positions include food and beverage director at Hotel 1000 and owner-operator of PF Chang’s in Bellevue. “We’ve created a setting where every detail has been reviewed again and again. We set out to create a comfortable environment that will raise the bar for Mexican restaurants in the Northwest. From the quality of the food to the attentive service, the stylishly appointed dining rooms to the unique art features, we hope that Milagro Cantina will be a destination for Seattle and Eastside diners alike,” said Harris.
Milagro’s 8,000 square-foot space seats 300-plus, including an opulent dining room, comfortable 60-plus-seat bar, private dining with full audio/visual capabilities for 40 to 50 people, a 10-seat private Chef’s Table and a 100-plus-seat heated patio that begs for long lunches and late night diners seven months out of the year.
Milagro Cantina is located in downtown Kirkland at 148 Lake Street South. Soon to be considered the “crown jewel” of the Lake Street Place project, its food and drink offerings cover the northern and southern regions of Mexico with approachable sophistication. The 300-plus-seat restaurant includes original art installations and custom furnishings in a uniquely designed setting. Milagro will be open daily from Sun. through Thurs. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight. Milagro offers self-parking at its private, 90-stall monitored lot throughout the day and complimentary valet (with validation) in the evenings. Learn more at www.MilagroCantina.com, call (425) 952-6270. Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Milagro.Cantina.Eastside or Twitter: @MilagroKirkland.
Photo credit: Kathryn Barnard.