• Express Your Love with Food this Valentine’s Day 02.05.14


    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s time to celebrate all the love in your life. Whether you want to impress that special someone or experience an extraordinary evening with friends, we’ve got you covered! Indulge in mouth-watering three or four course dinner menus from Cafe Flora, LloydMartin, Tilth and Agrodolce or try the ten-course tasting menu at Crush. If you have a sweet tooth, immerse yourself in chocolate at Blue Ribbon’s truffle-making workshop. For those intrigued by the culinary flavors of cultures around the world, enjoy your evening with the Eastern Mediterranean dishes at Golden Beetle or modern Indian cuisine at Shanik.


    Where will you spend your Valentine’s Day this year? See our recommendations below and reserve now before they sell out!


    Sustainable Romance at Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora’s decadent Valentine’s menu provides the perfect escape for a cozy, romantic meal, with a sustainable flair. Their locally sourced vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menu satisfies with delicious flavors and the freshest ingredients. Enjoy signature cocktails and local wine, beer and cider alongside your four-course dinner which includes Savory Potato Empanadas, Yellow Beet & Blood Orange Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing, Saffron Kissed Paella Cakes and Passion Fruit Roulade or Theo Dark Chocolate Mousse. View the full menu online.


    $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and run 5-10 p.m.


    Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112. Call 206.325.9100 to book your reservation.


    Blue Ribbon Cooking
    Valentine’s Day Cooking for Two
    Enjoy a date night out and learn to cook with your special someone. Enjoy appetizers, Northwest wine and beer, an instructional cooking class and finish off the night with a four-course sit-down dinner for two on Lake Union including fresh Puget Sound Oysters with Champagne Cream Sauce, Cognac Poached Fig Salad, Lobster Tail with Macadamia Nut Butter, Filet Mignon, Cabernet-Vanilla Bean Poached Pears and more. Includes wine with dinner and a packet of take-home recipes.


    $155 per person, must register for two guests; 6:30 p.m.


    Dessert Wine Tasting + Chocolate Truffle Workshop
    Get elbows deep in chocolate with your date as you create delicious handmade truffles! After, you’ll adventure together into a dessert wine tasting, pairing different chocolate grades with a variety of dessert wines including Late Harvest Wines, Red & White Ports, Muscats & Rieslings, Champagne & Sparkling Wines. Each couple will take home a box of one dozen handmade truffles created in class.


    $85 per person; 8:30-10:30 p.m.


    Blue Ribbon is located at 2501 Fairview Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98102. They operate venues in Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Fremont, University District and Tacoma, as well as provide offsite catering at locations throughout the region. Contact Blue Ribbon to book your class at 206.328.2442 or


    Indulge at LloydMartin

    Chef Sam Crannell’s special menus have become loved by the neighborhood and destination diners. Valentine’s Day is no exception with a three-course plus shared dessert tasting menu. Chef Sam creates dishes based on what his purveyors bring to his restaurant each and every day and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Guests can expect indulgent and themed dishes with Gougeres, Squab, Lobster, Filet Mignon, Foie Gras, and Oysters.


    Included in the $180 per couple price is a $60 beverage credit that guests can put towards a wine flight, bottle of wine or cocktails. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will also be available.


    LloydMartin is located at 1525 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle 98109. Call 206.420.7603 or visit for reservations for one of the two dinner seatings.


    Tilth Celebrates Valentine’s Weekend

    Tilth gives reason for a weekend-long romance with a special prix-fixe dinner on Friday, Feb. 14 and a special prix-fixe brunch on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 15-16). Guests can choose a four-course prix-fixe dinner including Savory Apple Soup, Ricotta Gnudi with chili butter, St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna A La Plancha, and Dark Chocolate Sorbet with shaved chocolate and holmquist hazelnut. With options under each course, the full menu can be viewed at


    Dinner is $85 per person with optional wine pairings.


    Couples can wake up the next morning and head to Tilth for a special three-course Valentine’s weekend brunch menu for $25. Start the morning-after with a French Omelet, Cheddar Biscuits and Smoked Pulled Chicken Gravy, Whipped Yogurt with pear and honey comb or Stuffed French Toast with sultana and freeze dried grape. Guests will have options under each of the three courses. The special brunch menu will be available Feb. 15-16 only, in addition to the regular brunch menu.


    $25 per person, additional $10 with cava or mimosa with coffee. Tilth is located in Wallingford at 1411 N 45th St, Seattle 98103. Call 206.633.0801 or visit for reservations.


    Valentine Amore at Agrodolce

    James Beard Award-winning chef Maria Hines has put together a four-course menu that will make your Valentine swoon! Start dinner with house made focaccia and build your next four courses with options such as Celery Root Soup with vanilla, fig and red wine; Chestnut Mafaldine with pancetta, wild mushrooms and Treviso; Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with medjool date, orange confit and couscous; and Steamed Chocolate Cake with Café Coretto syrup, chantilly and mint. The full menu can be viewed at


    Price is $70; optional wine pairing priced at $40.


    Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N 35th Street, Seattle 98103. Call 206.547.9707  or visit for reservations.


    Taste the Mediterranean this Valentine’s Day

    Enjoy the flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean with a four-course menu with optional wine pairings at Golden Beetle. Guests will enjoy a romantic evening while feasting on Sunchoke Soup with spiced sunflower seed and cilantro; Sylver Fishing Co Spot Prawns with Kattafi, red onion and pear; Grilled Skirt Steak with celery root, freekeh and Aleppo; and Sour Cherry Crepe Cake with mascarpone and mint.


    Options for each course; $50 per person; $25 for optional wine pairing.


    Golden Beetle is located in Ballard at 1744 NW Market St. Seattle 98107. Call 206.706.2977 or visit for reservations.


    Shanik Tempts with Dine-in and Take-out Options

    Spice up Valentine’s Day with Shanik’s modern Indian cuisine, available in the restaurant or for take-out from the Shanik Market.


    Shanik invites dine-in guests to start the evening with a Mangalore cocktail ($10), a cardamom, cinnamon liqueur with a subtle hint of hot cayenne, crafted just for Valentine’s Day with orange, lemon, fresh ginger and prosecco. Guests can test their adventurous side with the Roasted, Ground Cricket Paranta with spicy tomato chutney. Other guest favorites include the Vegetable Koftes in creamy tomato curry, Grilled Venison Medallions on tamarind and date puree, and the ever-popular Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicles.


    Intimate dining at home doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. The Shanik Market, next door to the restaurant, provides options for take-out that requires only simple preparation at home. Valentine cooks can create their own menu with such items as Punjabi Lamb Curry, Chicken with Kalonji Spice, Saag and Paneer, Yellow Lentil Curry, Cumin Scented Rice and even Naan, Chapatti and Tamarind-Date Chutney. Available in the freezer (20 minute boil-in-a-bag preparation) and refrigerator (5 minute reheat), complete your Valentine dinner with a bottle of wine from the Shanik Market. Full Market menu available:


    Shanik and Shanik Market are located at 500 Terry Avenue North, Seattle 98109. Call 206.486.6884 or visit for reservations.


    Spoil Your Valentine at Crush

    Founded on the love of a husband and wife, Crush’s chef Jason Wilson presents a ten-course tasting menu that will make your Valentine’s Day memorable. Courses include “Chips and Dip” Chicharones, Harissa Crisps, Duck Tongues and Sweetbread Croutons, Creme Fraiche, Mustards, Yogurt, Bacon; Roasted Cauliflower, Monterey Squid, Black Truffle Soup, Purple Cabbage, Mint and Dill; Beet Cured Hawaiian Mero Sea Bass, Black Garlic, Coriander-Mint Churi, Ash roasted Sunchoke; Montana Wagyu Beef Eye of Rib, Parsley Vinaigrette Carrot in Chamomile Butter, Black Trumpet Bone Marrow Puree; and Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse, Basil Poached Strawberries, Pistachio Chantilly.


    Menu is $125 per person; $25 foie gras supplement; optional $75 wine pairing.


    Crush is located at 2319 East Madison Street, Seattle 98122. Call 206.30.CRUSH(27874) or visit for reservations.

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  • Lloyd Martin’s Duck Ragu Makes Cover Of Edible Seattle 03.13.13

    Have you noticed the drool-worthy cover of the current issue of Edible Seattle in your mailbox or grocery store? That would be Lloyd Martin‘s famed Duck Ragu! Take another look above — see, drool-worthy, right? With the recipe inside, you can have guests eating out of your hands just like Sam Crannell does at Lloyd Martin.

    Flip through the magazine and find out how Sam has gained flocks of critic and food enthusiast followers at his Queen Anne restaurant. From sourcing the best and most exciting ingredients to creating the masterpieces on the plate, Lloyd Martin remains unpretentious and delicious! Don’t take our word for it. Read it here and pick up your issue in stores. Once you read the tempting article from Sonja Groset we think Lloyd Martin will be on your list of weekend plans, too!

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    Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Whether you’re planning a night out with that special someone, a girls night out or a gathering with friends, we’ve got culinary delights, palate pleasers and tempting tastes for you! Read on for Valentine’s Day menus inspired by cultures from around the world, including your own backyard.


    Hunger has put their heart into a special five-course Valentine’s menu filled with rich winter flavors and decadent treats like beef tartare, oysters and chocolate. Guests will receive a sweet treat delivered with their bill and a rose for the special lady, or gent! The menu is available for $150 per couple, with additional wine pairings available for $25 per person. Hunger is located at 3601 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle. Reservations can be made at 206.402.4854 and online at

    First Course

    Fennel-Citrus Salad brioche crouton, picholine olive, sea salt

    Second Course

    Beef Tartare shallots, capers, herbs

    White Bean & Truffle Soup herbs, fried leeks

    Baked Oysters harissa butter, bread crumbs

    Third Course

    Celery Root and Mascarpone Ravioli brown butter, root chips


    Raspberry sorbet, cava

    Fourth Course

    Grilled Lamb Leg radish salad, curry stew, black radish, marguez sausage, pickled radish

    Seared Tuna Moroccan cucumber salad, smoked scallop, roe remoulade, zarzuela stew, saffron aioli

    Eggplant Curry herbs, vegetable terrine, roasted piquillo coulis, mushroom roulade with goat cheese, basil cream

    Fifth Course

    Decadent Chocolate Sampler milk chocolate roll cake with condensed milk ice cream, dark chocolate truffle pops, white chocolate raspberry panna cotta


    Cafe Flora’s decadent four-course Valentine’s menu provides a perfect escape for a cozy and romantic meal, with a sustainable flair. Their local vegetarian and vegan menu also offers gluten free dishes that satisfy. $50 per person, reservations required and run 5-10 p.m. Add wine pairings for $20 per person or enjoy signature cocktails, bubbly and local beer and cider. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 East Madison Street, Seattle. Call 206.325.9100 to reserve or visit online at

    First Course

    Sumac Grilled Mango white bean pate, fried pappadam, cilantro mint pistou (vegan and gluten free)

    Second Course

    Spiced Pequin Peppers roasted zaatar root vegetables, citrus tahini sauce, chermoula eggplant, and petite Persian cucumber, radish and preserved meyer lemon salad (vegan and gluten free)

    Third Course

    Passion Fruit Salad baby arugula, endive, fresh pear, toasted macadamia nut, pomegranate seeds, champagne vinaigrette (vegan and gluten free)

    Fourth Course

    Citrus Dew Drop citrus syrup soaked Clementine cake, Bavarian cream, meyer lemon confit, white chocolate feuilletine (nut free, available gluten free)

    Princess Praline chocolate fudge graham, praline mousse, smoked chocolate toffee sauce (vegan and gluten free)


    Maria Hines is celebrating Valentine’s Day at her newest restaurant, Agrodolce. Open since late December, the Southern Italian trattoria located in Fremont is creating a four-course menu featuring house milled, handmade pastas and other favorites. Guests can select one dish under each course for $65. Wine pairing recommendations are an additional $30. Agrodolce is located at 709 North 35th Street, Seattle. Call 206.547.9707 or book online at for reservations.


    Housemade Focaccia, extra virgin olive oil, fleur de sel

    First Course

    Wild Arugula Salad with blood orange, ricotta salata, crouton

    Arancini with skagit river ranch beef carnaroli rice, parsley pesto pugliese style

    Burrata served with baby beet, citrus honey gastrique, mint

    Wine: Terredora, falanghina itpomia, campania, it

    Second Course

    Hand Cut Tagliarini with pistachio, wild fennel seed, pecorino

    Bucatini and uni cream, cauliflower, pine nut

    Spaghetti with skagit river ranch sugo, hot pepper, red wine

    Wine: tenuta delle terre nere, etna bianco, sicily, it

    Wine: colosi, nero d’avola, sicilia, it

    Third Course

    Ricotta Ravioli and black truffle butter, marjoram, arugula

    St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna, meyer lemon, artichoke, caper

    Grilled Anderson Ranch Lamb, grilled treviso, onion marmalade, celeriac

    Wine: masi, modello rosso, venezia, it sella & mosca, “terre rare”, sardegna, it


    Chocolate Budino, Italian chestnut, whipped cream, mint

    Rice Pudding Fritters, citrus honey, powdered sugar, vanilla bean

    Limoncello Sorbetto, candied lemon, fennel, almond

    Wine: individual pairings with each dessert


    Seattle’s first certified organic restaurant and the one that earned Maria Hines her James Beard Award presents a special four-course Valentine’s menu on February 14. Guests can indulge with a selection under each course for $85 and vegetarian options are plentiful; wine pairings are additional $40. Tilth is located at 1411 North 45th Street, Seattle. Call TIlth at 206.633.0801 or book online at for reservations.

    First Course

    Juniper Coffee Beet Salad, blue cheese, watercress, fennel

    Spot Prawn Consommé, savoy cabbage, sherry vinaigrette, szechuan pepper

    Grilled Beef Heart Tartlet, puff pastry, crème fraiche, charcroute

    Second Course

    Ricotta Gnudi, pecorino, purple cauliflower, white truffle

    Steamed Penn Cove Mussel, braised cardoon, celeriac mousse, slivered celery

    Pan Seared Alaskan Sablefish, kabocha squash, charred green onion, cilantro

    Third Course

    Snoqualmie Valley Lamb Cannelloni, flageolet bean, cippolini onion, black garlic

    Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet, foraged mushroom, brioche, oven dried tomato

    Skagit River Ranch Pork Belly, jerzy boy apple, brussels sprouts, cider vinegar

    Fourth Course

    Trampetti Olive Oil Cake, fennel ice cream, blood orange, olive brittle

    Dark Chocolate Sorbet, shaved chocolate, holmquist hazelnut

    Bourbon Pecan Pie, woodford reserve, chantilly, caramel


    Discover the place for Mediterranean cuisine celebrating robust flavors and spices served with a sustainable conscience. Valentine’s Day at Golden Beetle brings unrivaled Mediterranean dishes with a four-course menu for $50 and optional wine pairing for $25. Known for its craft cocktails, diners can expect a special Valentine’s Day spirited cocktail. Golden Beetle is located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood at 1744 NW Market Street. Call 206.706.2977 or visit for reservations.

    First Course

    Spiced Carrot Soup, olive oil, turmeric, crouton

    Wine: Ontanon Vetiver Rosado, Rioja, Spain ‘11

    Winter Citrus Salad, fennel, red onion, pomegranate seeds

    Wine: Funente Seca, Macabeo/Sauvignon Blanc, Spain ‘09

    Leek and Kale Tart, sumac, currents

    Wine: Ontanon Vetiver Rosado, Rioja, Spain ‘11

    Second Course

    Olympia Oysters, mignonette, lemon

    Wine: Sabrego Godello, Valdeorras, Spain ‘10

    Paprika Smoked Cod, white beans, crème fraîche, parsley

    Wine: Ontanon Vetiver, Rioja, Spain ‘09

    Spanakopita, baby spinach, feta, phyllo

    Wine: Mark Wysling Rousanne/Marsanne, Yakima Valley, Washington ‘11

    Third Course

    Seared Lamb Belly, celery root puree, pistachio, brussel sprouts

    Wine: Chateau Galtier L’Obstinee, Saint Chinian, France ‘09

    Yogurt Marinated Chicken, carrot couscous, cabbage slaw, tzatziki

    Wine: Tenuta Delle Terre Nere, Etna Bianco, Italy ‘11
    Stuffed Baby Eggplant, tomato, garlic, pinenuts

    Wine: Cooper Hill Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ‘10

    Fourth Course

    Crème Fraîche Sorbet, almond cookie, black pepper

    Wine: Sandeman Amontillado

    Chocolate Truffle Torte, framboise, chantilly

    Wine: Broadbent Rainwater Medeira

    Grilled Local Pear, cacao nib, candied walnut, cardamom

    Wine: Domaine des Gatinauds, Pineau des Charentes


    Chef-owner Sam Crannell is inspiring couples this Valentine’s Day to indulge in their senses with his aphrodisiac-inspired Sexy Menu. While the menu will be created with what Sam can source fresh from purveyors, guests will encounter such items as local honey, lobster, avocado, local oysters and other sensual ingredients. The three-course menu will be offered for $75 per person with an optional wine paring for an additional $25. Located on Queen Anne’s counterbalance at 1525 Queen Anne Ave North, Seattle. Make reservations by calling 206.420.7602 or visit


    Il Fornaio’s own Seattle Chef Franz Junga is recreating the flavors of one of Italy’s most beloved regions, the “green heart of Italy,” Umbria from Feb. 4-17, including Valentine’s Day. Bring your special someone, group of friends or fly solo to indulge in the robust, flavorful and earthy menu filled with Umbrian specialties and imported ingredients, including black truffles, olive oil, pecorino and handmade pastas. This special menu is available per item or can be enjoyed as a three-course tasting menu for $32.99. Umbrian wine pairings are also available by the half glass ($5-$8), glass ($9-$15), bottle ($39-$59) or enjoy any three half glasses for $14.99. Diners will receive a heart-shaped bottle of Il Fornaio’s signature extra-virgin olive oil as a complimentary gift. Located in Pacific Place in downtown Seattle at 600 Pine Street. Call for reservations at 206.264.0994 or online at

    Zuppa e antipasti

    Zuppa di Porcini con Frascarelli – Porcini mushroom soup with potatoes, celery, onion and garlic; served with housemade frascarelli and Grana Padano and drizzled with Umbrian extra-virgin olive oil (vegetarian; vegan without cheese) $5.99/6.99.

    Wine: Grecante, Arnaldo Caprai, 2011

    Insalata di Finocchi e Pecorino Pepato – Fennel salad with farro, Belgian endive, watercress, celery, carrots and pecorino pepato cheese, with red wine vinaigrette $9.99.

    Wine: Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay, Castello della Sala, 2011

    Crostini con Uova e Tartufo Nero – Toasted focaccia croutons topped with scrambled eggs, black truffles, and Grana Padano $11.99.

    Wine: Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay, Castello della Sala, 2011


    Gnocchi di Bietole e Spinaci – Spinach and beet dumplings with porcini mushroom cream sauce and crispy sage (vegetarian)

    Wine: Grecante, Arnaldo Caprai, 2011

    Cuore di Raviolo con Rancetto – Heart-shaped butternut squash ravioli filled with guinea hen, carrots, celery, and herbs, served in a crispy pancetta sauce with tomato coulis and Grana Padano $17.99.

    Wine: Rosso Montefalco, Copetrone, 2008

    Cannelloni alla Ternana – Fresh pasta filled with pecorino, gruyere and fresh ricotta, Swiss chard, potatoes, pine nuts and onions; baked with béchamel and sliced black truffles (vegetarian) $18.99.

    Wine: Rosso Montefalco, Copetrone, 2008

    Risotto Umbro – Carnaroli rice, Italian sausage, porcini mushrooms, Grana Padano, tomato, marinara, thyme and basil $18.79.

    Wine: Sagrantino di Montefalco, Colpetrone, 2007


    Anatra alla Perugina – Wood-fired rotisserie duck with citrus sauce; served with sautéed spinach and roasted Yukon Gold potatoes $26.99.

    Wine: Rosso Montefalco, Copetrone, 2008

    Salmone Tartufato – Salmon filet sautéed with artichokes and topped with black truffles; served with sliced potato cake $27.99.

    Wine: Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay, Castello della Sala, 2011

    Agnello in Crosta di Pecorino – Roasted rack of lamb in Umbrian pecorino cheese crust; served with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes and sautéed seasonal vegetables $28.99.

    Wine: Sagrantino di Montefalco, Colpetrone, 2007

    Sogliola al Grecchetto – Petrale sole sautéed with Grecchetto wine served with roasted shiitake mushrooms and green olive gremolata $28.99.

    Wine: Grecante, Arnaldo Caprai, 2011


    Semifreddo di Tozzetti – Semi-frozen Vin Santo custard with Umbrian cookies, topped with chocolate sauce and candied orange peel $6.99.

    Where will we see you on Valentine’s Day?


  • Plan Your Holiday Dining Now! 12.11.12

    Every year we’ve helped you plan your holiday dining, whether you’re looking to get away from family or bringing all of the extended family and in-laws together! This year is the same with some treasured holiday dining for Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from award-wining mainstays and new restaurants to hit the holiday dining scene.

    Read on for full menus and make those reservations!

    AGRODOLCE – New Year’s Eve
    The soon-to-open third restaurant from Maria Hines is already becoming the hot spot this holiday season. Nestled in Fremont, Agrodolce is now taking reservations for New Year’s Eve and its special menu, inspired by the restaurant’s Southern Italy and Sicily roots. The four-course menu is $65 with an optional wine pairing for $30. Call or visit online for reservations.
    Housemade Focaccia – extra virgin olive oil, italian sea salt

    First Course
    Wild Arugula Salad – blood orange, ricotta salata, thumbelina carrot
    Arancini – skagit river ranch beef, tomato, carnaroli rice
    House Made Burrata – cylindrical beet, citrus honey gastrique, mint

    Second Course
    Bucatini – pine nut, sardine, fennel, golden raisin
    Ricotta Cavetelli – black truffle butter, marjoram, garlic
    Spaghetti – skagit river ranch sugo, hot pepper, red wine

    Third Course
    Hand Cut Tagliarini – sicilian pistachio, sweet myrtle, pecorino
    St. Jude’s Albacore Tuna – controne bean, lacinato kale, caper
    Lamb Meatballs – grilled treviso, onion marmalade, saffron potatoes

    Theo Chocolate Budino – italian chestnut, whipped cream, mint
    Orange Cannoli – sheep’s milk ricotta, shaved chocolate, holmquist hazelnut
    Limoncello Sorbetto – lemon-thyme, candied fennel, almond

    TILTH– Christmas Eve + New Year’s Eve
    James Beard award-winning chef Maria Hines is making her first restaurant, Tilth, a dining destination this holiday season. Open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve from 5-10 p.m., Guests can indulge in a beautiful four-course menu for $85 that covers meat, fish and vegetarian options. Wine pairings are additional $40. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. Call 206.633.0801 or visit online for reservations.

    First Course
    Juniper Roasted Beet Salad – blue cheese, coffee, fennel
    Spot Prawn Consomme – savoy cabbage, sherry vinaigrette, cured roe
    Rabbit Rillette pickled vegetable, crostini, whole grain mustard
    Paired with 2007 Domaine des Grandes Perrières, Sancerre, France

    Second Course
    Ricotta Gnudi – watercress, pecorino, winter truffle
    Albacore Tuna Croquettes – poblano pepper, aioli, romaine
    Skagit River Ranch Chicken Roulade – marjoram, black trumpet, marcona almond
    Paired with 2000 Jean-Luc Colombo,’Amour de Dieu’, Condrieu, France

    Third Course
    Snoqualmie Valley Lamb Ravioli – cippolini onion, black garlic, flageolet bean
    Smoked Heirloom Bean Cassoulet – wild mushroom, brioche, oven dried tomato
    Seared Alaskan Sablefish – escarole, cured olive, celery root
    Paired with 2005 Domaine de Terrebrune, Bandol, France

    Fourth Course
    Bouche de Noel – honey, pistachio, cranberry
    Dark Chocolate Sorbet – shaved chocolate, holmquist hazelnut
    Bourbon Pecan Pie – Woodford reserve, chantilly, caramel
    Paired with Blandy’s, 10 year Dry Sercial, Madeira, Portugal

    GOLDEN BEETLE – Christmas Eve + New Year’s Eve
    If you’re longing for the warmer weather of the Mediterranean then transport your palates to Golden Beetle during the holidays. Offering a special $50 four-course menu on New Year’s Eve from 5-10 p.m., Golden Beetle is your Ballard spot for the last great dinner of 2012. Call 206.796.2977 or make your reservations online. Golden Beetle will be offering its regular menu on Christmas Eve 4-10 p.m.

    First Course
    Butternut Squash Soup – dukka, creme fraiche, croutons
    Beet Salad – olives, za’atar, preserved kumquat
    Lacinato Kale – harissa, sultana, extra virgin olive oil

    Second Course
    Penn Cove Mussels – preserved lemons, serranos, ginger
    Oven Roasted Black Cod – tahini, garlic, sumac
    Feta Brioat – mustard greens, phyllo, cumin

    Third Course
    Braised Lamb Shank – polenta, currant, pistachios
    Chicken Meatballs – coriander, carrot, cous cous
    Chickpeas – yogurt, paprika, crouton

    Fourth Course
    Chocolate Torte – apple, chantilly, chocolate
    Grilled Pears – cocoa nibs, walnuts, cardamom
    Cornmeal Halvah – hazelnuts, mascarpone, honey

    LLOYD MARTIN – New Year’s Eve
    Lloyd Martin is encouraging indulgence this New Year’s Eve. Ring in the new year in culinary luxury with such items as Perigord truffles, lobster, foie gras, caviar and more. Chef owner Sam Crannell prides himself on creating dishes based on the freshest ingredients that arrive at his doorstep so guests can expect the exact dishes to be finalized just a few days prior. As a Best New Restaurant award-winner, diners won’t be disappointed with an exotic New Year’s Eve dinner at Lloyd Martin. Five-course dinner for $145, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required by calling 206.420.7602 or visit online.

    HUNGER 2.0 – New Year’s Eve
    Chef owners and couple Brian & Jaime Brooks are thrilled to be serving guests an exciting New Year’s Eve menu in their new restaurant space. The four-course menu highlights the best of the local winter bounty with Hunger’s Mediterranean and North African influence. Credit card is required at the time of reservation; 24-hour cancellation notice or $25 per person charged. Reservations are required and can be made at 206.402.4854, visit online for more information. Seating’s and prices are as follows:

    -5:00-7:30 Seating $100/couple + $25 per person wine pairing option
    -7:30-10:00 Seating $125/couple + $25 per person wine pairing option
    -10:00–12:30 Seating $150/couple + $25 per person wine pairing option
    -Final seating includes champagne toast and party favors

    Couple chooses two items from the first and third courses:
    First Course
    Diablo Shrimp milho frito, housemade sausage, salsa piquant, lava salt
    Crispy Lamb Sweetbreads celery root, garlic puree, meyer lemon
    Smoked Pork Belly pickled chiogga beets, piri piri vinaigrette
    Potato Fennel Soup cream, leeks, spanish olive oil, herbs

    Second Course
    Fennel Citrus Salad brioche crouton, picholine olives, herbs, manchego, spanish olive oil

    Third Course
    Portuguese Seafood Stew
    nw shellfish, turnips, potato, carrot, saffron, cream
    Head to Tail whole animal prepared mulitple ways
    Red Wine Braised Pollo onion, house made bacon, mushroom, carrot
    Vegetarian Dish

    Meyer Lemon Sorbet

    Fourth Course
    Dessert Sampler

    CAFE FLORA – New Year’s Eve + New Year’s Day
    New Year’s Eve
    Each dish is centered around luck in the New Year. From Asia long noodles which signifying a long life; lentils and collard greens both lucky foods from the south; to the Spanish New Year tradition of eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight; as well as the Vietnamese tradition of kumquats and citrus.

    $50 per person, reservations required and runs from 5:30-10 p.m. Add wine pairings for an additional cost. Signature cocktails and champagne available. Call 206.325.9100 to reserve or visit them online.

    First Course
    Semolina Tart
    Gorgonzola dolce, roasted grapes and walnuts (available vegan and gluten free)

    Second Course
    Citrus Salad Cara Cara oranges, blood orange, kumquat, watercress, fresh basil in a St. Germaine vinaigrette with crispy rice noodles (vegan and gluten free)

    Third Course
    Root Vegetable Medallions Coconut lentil allspice sauce, braised chickpeas, greens and peppers, meyer lemon yogurt (gluten free and available vegan)

    Fourth Course
    Bittersweet Chocolate Cake Chocolate orange glaze, caramel cocoa truffle, Moscato D’asti foam (vegan and gluten free)

    New Year’s Day
    The annual tradition continues with Cafe Flora’s New Year brunch buffet. This popular event is the only time of the year the vegetarian landmark offers a buffet and it’s not to be missed!
    $25 per person, $12.50 for kids under 12, reservations required for large parties only, brunch offered from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Variety of Bloody Mary’s available. Call 206.325.9100 to reserve or visit them online

    Blackberry Cardamom Coffee Cake
    Vegan Cinnamon Rolls Cream cheese frosting
    Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins
    Assortment of fresh fruit with agave cinnamon sauce
    Additional vegan and gluten free baked options

    Caesar Salad crispy romaine hearts, herbed croutons, parmesan, creamy caesar dressing, fried capers, fresh lemon
    Lentil and Beet Salad long leaf arugula, french green lentils, roasted beets, asian pears, pomegranate seeds, tarragon, fresh chevre, sherry vinaigrette
    Apple-Wintergreen Salad salt-rubbed kale chiffonade, apple cider vinaigrette, sliced apples, dried currants, red onion, toasted walnuts; gorgonzola available
    Grilled Vegetable Salad grilled seasonal vegetables in balsamic reduction

    Smokey Roma Florentine Scramble fresh spinach, sliced onion, fresh basil, topped with smoky tomato coulis, shaved grana
    Garlic-Mushroom & Chevre Scramble garlicky braised wild mushrooms, sliced leeks, fresh chives, chevre
    Orange-Cranberry French Toast sliced brioche grilled in orange egg batter with warm cranberry compote; whipped orange butter and maple syrup available
    Potato Latkes veggie-packed traditional potato pancakes with housemade applesauce and chive-crème fraiche
    Wild Mushroom & Poblano Tamales locally foraged mushrooms, roasted poblano-pumpkin seed pesto, with roasted tomatillo-chipotle salsa

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  • Lloyd Martin Does It Again! 11.05.12

    Lloyd Martin was already awarded Seattle Weekly’s Best New Restaurant earlier this year and now chef-owner Sam Crannell’s Queen Anne restaurant receives another Best New Restaurant accolade, this time from Seattle magazine!

    On newsstands now (and read it here), Seattle magazine’s November issue boasts a beautiful shot of perhaps the most-loved dish – Sam’s Elk Bolognese with huckleberry sauce. It’s a stunner, to say the least, pleasing critics and diners since the restaurant opened a year ago.

    If the handsome dining room is full, opt for a spot at the equally comfortable bar in the hands of Tyler, the bartender that also elicited nods from Seattle magazine as one of the best in the biz. We can attest to that!

    Read all about it in the November issue of Seattle magazine, check out Lloyd Martin’s new website and then treat yourself to the Best New Restaurant around.

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  • Lloyd Martin Turns One! 09.27.12

    The restaurant biz is far from easy – ask Sam Crannell, chef-owner of Lloyd Martin, whose restaurant celebrates one year in business next week! Working hard for his critic nods and his Best New Restaurant Award, Sam isn’t about to coast with just one year under his belt. He’s fine-tuning, creating and pushing his culinary envelope to keep guests happy and coming back to his Queen Anne restaurant.

    Sam will “pause” on October 6 to celebrate his one year of success at Lloyd Martin with an anniversary dinner focused around game meats. Seattle Weekly gives us the menu and notes how its critic was impressed while Queen Anne View reminds the neighborhood (and everyone else) that reservations are going fast! Read about the first year and what’s coming up in Sam’s interview with Eater.

    Call now for your reservations. Literally only a few seats left.

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  • Lloyd Martin is the Best Of . . . 08.13.12

    We’ve known Lloyd Martin is special since we first stepped foot into this Queen Anne restaurant. With a talented chef, interesting and affordable Social Hour (a.k.a. happy hour), and cocktails that don’t disappoint (literally, this bartender is batting 1000 for creating cocktails on a whim that impress), we had our fingers crossed and our hopes high for Seattle Weekly’s Best Of 2012 Awards. “The Champagne of Years” tagline spoke to our fondness of summer swilling American beer so we nabbed our tickets and headed to the event.

    By now you know where we are going with this . . . yes, Lloyd Martin earned its place in the editorial awards as Best New Restaurant. If you’re anything like us and you keep track of all the restaurant openings in the city then you know this award is no easy feat.

    Open since October 2011, we suggest you head into Lloyd Martin. After all, the secret’s out and the line should be forming to experience chef-owner Sam Crannell’s answer to creative and delicious comfort food.

    Read more Lloyd Martin reviews.

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  • Seattle’s Best Social Hour . . . 05.31.12

    Thanks to Seattle Met, Thrillist, Seattleite and Seattle Weekly, food focused Seattleites are finding out about one of the city’s best happy hours at Lloyd Martin, or as they’ve coined it, Social Hour! This gem of a restaurant has turned the heads of local critics in the dining room and is now offering you a chance to come in and try out their delectable, irresistible Social Hour menu for just $5 a plate at the bar.

    You won’t find wings or sliders on Chef Sam Crannell’s menu; instead expect items such as Quail Egg Raviolo with shaved black truffles, Albacore Crudo with castelvetrano olives, Crispy Pork Belly with beans and slaw accented with pea vines, or the not-so-simple Chorizo and Clams served with some of the best bread to ever soak up a beer infused clam broth. Items change daily so you can expect to be dazzled every time you set foot in this Queen Anne treasure.

    The food and cocktails battle for the spotlight with Lloyd Martin bartenders mixing up cocktails that are created to your preference. They do offer a short cocktail menu, but as these are merely suggestions, we have had interesting and crowd pleasing cocktails each and every time we leave it to the experts. Every single time! When is the last time you could say that?! So pick your poison then sit back, drink up and enjoy!

    At just $8 per cocktail, $5 or less per plate, $6 wines and $3 beers, Lloyd Martin’s Social Hour is quickly becoming a well-known city favorite.

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  • Summer Kicks Off Happy Hour and Patio Dining 05.29.12

    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!

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  • Our New Client – Lloyd Martin 05.11.12

    Lloyd Martin, our latest client, is a Queen Anne treasure that has been impressing local food critics since it opened in October and we are thrilled to be part of this head-turning dining option.

    We were first impressed by how many of the items are truly housemade ingredients. This small neighborhood restaurant makes everything from its fresh mozzarella to its own pasta. Mix that in with Chef-Owner Sam Crannell’s passionate use of exotic game meats, flavor driven sauces and his ability to change the menu every few days based on the ingredients that come in his door – well, we were hooked!

    Lloyd Martin rounds out the perfect dining experience with beautiful brown liquors in the bar, draught beer and wines from the everyday bottle to a very impressive cellar.

    Social Hour tests this chef’s ability everyday, which he passes with flying colors! Tuesday-Saturday, 5-6 p.m., Sam puts masterpieces on the plate for $5 and under in the bar. Foie Gras? Sometimes. Lamb meatballs with ramps? Yep, that, too. Cocktails of your choosing are also appropriately priced in the hopes that the “social” hour will introduce you to new friends and give you a reason to meet old friends.

    We mentioned the critics and we weren’t bluffing, from The Seattle Times to Seattle Weekly, Seattle Magazine to the most recent Seattle Met reviews, Seattle’s best critics have turned their heads in the direction of Lloyd Martin and we encourage you to, too! New dishes are enticing nightly.

    Located at 1525 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109.

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