Icon Grill’s Nick Musser shows us one of his many delicious Seattle Restaurant Week dishes on New Day Northwest: Tenderloin Tips A Blazin’. Watch host Margaret Larsoncook it up alongside Nick and get a sneak peak at some of his other dishes during Seattle Restaurant Week.
After nearly 20 years change is inevitable, as is the case with the Capitol Hill favorite, Coastal Kitchen. Having grown up in Boston and being an oyster fanatic for years, owner Jeremy Hardy is ready to bring in more of those briney, half-shelled wonders along with other fresh seafood! Look for the changes this month with a reopening next month.
March brought us the anticipated arrival of top chart movie the Hunger Games and captured the attention of many here in the Pacific Northwest. Now April has arrived and is ready to give last month a run for its money in rolling out a more exciting and satisfying way to enchant diners’ hunger and get those taste buds dancing. That’s right, it’s time for food and wine fanatics to kick off the start of spring with Seattle Restaurant Week here in the Puget Sound.
From April 8-12 and 15-19 (excluding each Friday and Saturday), over 150 of Seattle’s most talked about restaurants will offer a specially prepared three-course dinner for $28 per person, with specific restaurants offering an additional three-course lunch for $15. Each prix-fixe menu will feature an appetizer, entrée and dessert, with at least three options under each course. And yes, to all of you dessert ditchers out there, this leaves you no excuse to pass up the delectable desserts that you’ve secretly been waiting to dive into post dinner!
With over 150 restaurants participating this season, odds are you won’t have to get lucky to discover a new favorite place to dine in Seattle’s sea of culinary expertise. We highly recommend trying a few of our favorites including Cafe Flora (pictured above), Tilth, Golden Beetle, and Crush. Seattle Restaurant Cooperative and the media partner, The Seattle Times, have given this season’s one-of-a-kind celebration a special touch by adding 25 NEW restaurants to partake in the list. Restaurants will now cover more of King County, making it easier to find a restaurant near you.
Invite all your foodie-loving friends, call and make a reservation (not required but highly encouraged) and learn to become your own food critic from an array of delectable dishes in store for you. We’d love to read comments from our readers about the hottest spots you’re finding this year and the best dishes that are making this week a memorable dining celebration!
Be sure to keep up with the action through Facebookand Twitter for upcoming news and some seriously unbeatable giveaways.
James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines recently decided to put down her knife and pans and pick up a cocktail shaker and housemade bitters, but only one night a week. Maria has been bartending on Tuesday nights from 5-6 p.m. during the Golden Beetle happy hour. Maria will continue gabbing with guests and focusing on creating some unique and crowd-pleasing cocktails through the end of the year.
Our corner of the country continues to demand more culinary credibility and this year has been no exception! Chefs have birthed new places, second locations and had our palates raving in the process.
This past Sunday, The Seattle Times’ long-time restaurant critic Providence Cicero shared her list of the ten most notable places she has reviewed in 2011. On that list, the fan-favorite (and one of ours), Maria Hines’ Golden Beetle!
Check out the article, see which Golden Beetle dish was remembered all year long by the esteemed critic and read which restaurants made up the other nine notables.
Seattle Restaurant Week is returning April 10-21 with the largest group of restaurants that the Seattle-area has ever seen in a dining promotion! The website launches tomorrow, March 15, so set your reminder and get ready to dial for your reservations. With 150 of the city’s best restaurants, you’ll have a long list of places to dine at during the ten days. Here’s a helpful hint – nearly 50 restaurants are offering lunch, too! Happy dining!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
150 Restaurants BIte Into Seattle Restaurant Week, April 10-21 Growing Restaurant Celebration Offers Three-Course Menus for $28
SEATTLE – (March 14, 2011) – A record setting number of restaurants will come together for the third Seattle Restaurant Week, April 10-21, excluding Friday and Saturday. The 150 participating King County Restaurants will offer diners a three-course menu for $28, some offering three-course lunches for $15. Interested diners can view the full list of participating restaurants and make their reservations at www.theseattlerestaurantweek.com, which launches tomorrow, March 15.
“Seattle Restaurant Week has turned into a true celebration of dining across the area. We welcome many new restaurants this year and hope to see the number of participants grow and grow every time so that we can continue to offer locals and visitors a compelling reason to try new places and return to old favorites,” said Mark Fuller of Spring Hill, Seattle Restaurant Cooperative board member and recent James Beard Best Chef Northwest nominee.
Every three-course menu will offer at least three options under each course. Many restaurants will feature wine pairings and other offerings to enhance the diners’ experience.
Below are the 150 restaurant participants. New participants are bolded; Lunch participants are noted with an asterisk.
1. 13 Coins Restaurant
2. 35th Street Bistro*
3. 50 North*
4. 5 CORNER MARKET Bar & Kitchen
5. Anchovies & Olives
7. Anthony’s HomePort, Kirkland
8. Anthony’s HomePort, Shilshole Bay
9. Anthony’s Pier 66
11. ART Restaurant & Lounge*
12. Assaggio Ristorante*
13. Barking Frog*
15. Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar, Bellevue*
16. Barrio Mexican Kitchen & Bar, Capitol Hill*
17. Bastille Café & Bar
18. Beach Café
19. Bennett’s Pure Food Bistro*
20. Betty Restaurant & Bar
21. bin on the lake
22. Blackboard Bistro
24. Boat Street Cafe
25. BOKA KITCHEN+BAR
27. Brasserie Margaux*
28. Buenos Aires Grill
29. Café Campagne
30. Cafe Flora
31. Cafe Lago
33. Carmelita Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar
34. Chandler’s Crabhouse
35. Chez Shea/Shea’s Lounge
38. Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar
39. Crow Restaurant & Bar
42. Cutters Bayhouse
43. Dahlia Lounge*
46. Eva Restaurant
47. Flying Fish*
48. Fonté Café & Wine Bar
49. Frank’s Oyster House & Champagne Parlor
50. Fresh Bistro
51. Golden Beetle
52. Grazie Ristorante – Canyon Park*
53. Grazie Ristorante – Southcenter*
54. How to Cook a Wolf
55. icon Grill*
56. IL Bistro
57. Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana
58. Ivar’s Acres of Clams
59. Ivar’s Salmon House
64. La Medusa
68. LOT No. 3
69. Louisa’s Café & Bakery
71. Lynn’s Bistro
72. Madison Park Café
73. Mamma Melina Ristorante & Pizzeria*
74. Matt’s in the Market
76. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant – Bellevue*
77. McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant – Downtown Seattle*
78. McCormick’s Fish House & Bar
79. Mistral Kitchen*
80. Mondello Ristorante*
81. Monsoon East, Bellevue*
82. Monsoon, Seattle*
83. Moshi Moshi Sushi
84. Nell’s Restaurant
85. Odd Fellows Café & Bar
88. Palace Kitchen
89. Palisade Waterfront Restaurant*
90. Paragon Restaurant & Bar
91. Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge*
92. Place Pigalle Restaurant
93. Plaka Estiatorio Authentic Greek Cuisine in Ballard
94. Plum Bistro*
95. Ponti Seafood Grill
98. Preservation Kitchen*
99. Purple Café and Wine Bar, Bellevue*
100. Purple Café and Wine Bar, Kirkland*
101. Purple Café and Wine Bar, Seattle
102. Purple Café and Wine Bar, Woodinville*
104. Ray’s Café
105. Restaurant Zoë
106. Ristorante Paradiso*
107. Salish Lodge & Spa -The Dining Room
108. Salty’s at Redondo Beach Seafood Grill
109. Salty’s on Alki Beach Seafood Grill
110. Sand Point Grill
112. Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Bellevue
113. Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Seattle
114. Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie*
115. Serafina Osteria e Enoteca*
116. Serious Pie Downtown
117. Serious Pie Westlake & Harrison
118. Shun Japanese Restaurant*
119. Sip at the wine bar & restaurant
120. Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge at The Edgewater*
121. Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar
122. Spring Hill
123. Spur Gastropub
124. Staple & Fancy Mercantile
125. Steelhead Diner*
126. Stumbling Goat Bistro
127. Sullivan’s Steakhouse
129. Taberna del Alabardero
130. Tango Restaurant
131. TASTE Restaurant
133. Ten Mercer*
134. The Capital Grille*
135. The Corson Building
136. The Georgian*
137. The Melting Pot, Bellevue
138. The Melting Pot, Seattle
139. THE PINK DOOR*
140. tidbit bistro*
142. Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge*
144. Ventana Restaurant
146. Voilà! Bistrot
147. Waterfront Seafood Grill
148. Wild Ginger at The Bravern, Bellevue*
149. Wild Ginger, Seattle*
150. Woodman Lodge
Seattletimes.com is excited to continue its partnership with Seattle Restaurant Cooperative in executing the promotion and reaching local diners. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to serve the community by bringing together small to large businesses that celebrate the wonderful region and the dining landscape,” said Nicole Griffin of The Seattle Times.
The website, www.theseattlerestaurantweek.com, will continue its consumer-friendly appeal by offering search parameters based on meal period, neighborhood and restaurant name, which will be essential in helping diners decide between the 150 restaurants.
Seattle Restaurant Week, held twice annually, offers diners a $28 three-course menu and optional $15 three-course lunch, Sunday through Thursday; excluding Friday and Saturday, at participating area restaurants. The promotion is open to any King County restaurant that can offer a value driven menu for $28. Seattle Restaurant Week is operated by the Seattle Restaurant Cooperative, a non-profit association united to represent local area restaurants. Seattle Restaurant Cooperative board members include restaurateurs from Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Flying Fish, John Howie Restaurants, Spring Hill, Tilth and Tom Douglas Restaurants. For more information visit www.theseattlerestaurantweek.com beginning tomorrow, March 15. Diners can visit Twitter (@SeattleRW) and Facebook (Facebook.com/SeattleRestaurantWeek) for daily news about Seattle Restaurant Week and the participating restaurants.
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!