September 30, 2013
Name of restaurant – Fonda La Catrina http://www.fondalacatrina.com/
Why is it awesome? – Highly rated (deservedly so) lively joint in Georgetown serving incredibly authentic Mexican cuisine. Suitable for lunch, dinner or whenever. For some reason, it always seems hard to match up quality Mexican food with good ambiance (or neither – Azteca anyone?) and they nailed it.
What was the best dish/bite? wow, tough to call. So much on the menu and have yet to be disappointed. Tonight’s dish was Puerco En Salsa Verde w/potatoes. Or in English – Pork Shoulder braised in green tomatillo sauce. It was accompanied by Chiles Asados (aka grilled peppers), Frijolitos con totopos (black beans and chips of course) and the obligatory margarita. This particular margarita was a strawberry jalapeno hybrid that provided a perfect balance of sweet and spicy.
Anything else you want to say? Don’t forget about Georgetown when dining out. The eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and food trucks make it a must destination at some point in everyone’s culinary journeys around Seattle.
September 23, 2013
Name of restaurant: Tinello http://tinelloseattle.com/
Why is it awesome?: New place tucked amongst the ever changing Occidental corridor in Pioneer Square which seems to have become the new “go to” spot for place to eat.
What was the best dish/bite?: Loved the Portobello. Always a big fan of the big mushroom, this one came topped with lentils, peppers and goat cheese resting on top of a pile of fresh arugula. The white bean & pancetta side dish wasn’t half bad either.
Anything else you want to say?: Open mainly for lunches, it’s a bright, clean spot with lots of potential. The mains we’re mostly pastas, as the name would indicate, and each looked delicious as they were devoured by other tables around us (we stuck with salads, my melon/spinach plate was tasty too!). Can’t wait to head back to try more dishes.
September 16, 2013
Our PinPair just showed up in The Food Network Magazine! It is a great 2-in-1 baking item that saves room in your kitchen. Leave us a comment below about what you would bake with it and we will pick someone to win a PinPair!
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September 4, 2013
Name of restaurant – Bottlehouse http://www.bottlehouseseattle.com/
Why is it awesome? – An awesome place to grab a relaxing vino, dinner or late night drink. Lots of wines on tap (they are located above the Wildridge winery) in a quaint setting that is warm, inviting and relaxing.
What was the best dish/bite? – We love the charcuterie plates. With an in house cheese monger, the plates are always curated with care, explained well and accompanied by delicious pickled veggies. In addition, they have a great rotating menu of salads, sandwiches and other delectable eats. More than enough for a light meal, or an entire dinner.
Anything else you want to say? – A nice patio in a relaxing setting, with live music Sunday nights. The owner, Henri Shock is a great host is always quick to recommend the perfect wine no matter the dish, weather or mood. He’s also been named as an eater.com “young gun” for 2013 (http://seattle.eater.com/archives/2013/06/19/bottlehouses-henri-schock-among-eater-young-guns-2013.php). Drink a bottle there, or take a bottle home. A rare find among a sea of “wine bars” that promise lots, and deliver little.
August 26, 2013
Name of restaurant – Terra Plata http://terraplata.com/
Why is it awesome? – Always a favorite menu and full of tasty seasonal treats. Every Monday is Paella night and we took the opportunity to sample something different.
What was the best dish/bite? – Salmon Paella was absolutely awesome – a little Northwest flavor mixed in with a traditional Spanish dish. It had a perfect balance of clams, fish and other assorted goodies topped off with the right amount of crisp. Not too fishy, not to earthy, done just right. It was so good, we asked our server to get us a plate of salmon, separate from the Paella. They happily obliged and we kept the NW theme going. Also, not to be missed as a starter, the Shishido peppers are always a must. Salty goodness with a bit of a kick. If that wasn’t enough, we each topped it off with a tasty box of Churros to go for a late night snack.
Anything else you want to say?– They have one of the best outdoor patios in Seattle! It’s also situated next to Melrose market, with plenty of variety to offer, just steps away.
August 19, 2013
Name of restaurant: Marjorie http://www.marjorierestaurant.com/
Why is it awesome? – Great food in a new little intimate space run by an awesome lady.
What was the best dish/bite – The best dish has got to be Miss Marjorie’s steel drum plantain chips, they’re nearly world famous! Though this night we switched it up and split a few appetizers. Romano beans & pancetta along with a zucchini dish bathed in yummy madras curry to start. The zucchini came from Donna’s farm plot in the Kent valley (she also mentioned the tomatoes she’s been growing were nearly ripe – can’t wait!). Those tasty treats were topped off with an incredible handmade pasta dish with corn, peppers, sweet onions and basil. Light and very flavorful. A perfect dish for a summer evening in Seattle.
Anything else you want to say – I’m a bit biased. This is our favorite restaurant in Seattle!
August 12, 2013
Volunteer Park Café http://alwaysfreshgoodness.com/
Why is it awesome? – A quiet little hidden gem tucked just off the North end of Volunteer Park, better known for baked goods and weekend brunch. It’s been around since 1905!
What was the best dish/bite?– The salads were awesome. Unique, crisp, refreshing and full of flavor. I had a bean, spinach and cherry tomato salad with whole garlic cloves (YUM). The pizza special (fig) was far tastier than it looked and the hummus plate was as tasty as it was beautiful.
Anything else you want to say? They’re very focused on locally sourced food. If curious, ingredient source is on the menu – some items are as local as their backyard garden.
August 5, 2013
Name of restaurant: Brass Tacks http://georgetownbrass.com/
Why is it awesome? Totally surprised at how varied and great the food was. Even the expected dishes came prepped & flavored totally unexpected. We sat at the chefs counter and watched them cook and plate each meal. Lots of care was put into every dish. You could tell this was more than just a job for each. (the crew came over from the failed Urban Enoteca up the street). The atmosphere was lively, hip and designed well.
What was the best dish/bite? Loved the grilled romaine salad with pork belly. The sliders weren’t too shabby either, topped off by a tasty little bun.
Anything else you want to say? An off the beaten path foodie gem tucked among the bars of Georgetown with an approachable atmosphere and great food at a very good price
July 29, 2013
According to Bon Appetit Magazine “There’s no better time than right now to visit Seattle…The city’s chefs are tapping into a casually brilliant dining trend that focuses on clean, bright fare made with produce from local farms and briny treasures from the sea”. For those of us who have lived here for some time know this to be true. Our city is exploding with amazing restaurants weekly. Here at Chef’n we are food obsessed– whether it is a new recipe or a new way to cold brew coffee. It makes sense. We make tools for cooking after all. Anthony Dickson who has been with the company since the time of Brittany Spear’s (original) heyday has his finger on the pulse of awesome. We have asked AD to share his new discoveries with us periodically so we can be awesome too.
Name of restaurant: Humble Pie
Why is it awesome? Indie outdoor pizza joint in an obscure area of Rainer avenue in between Chinatown and the” hood”. Open only a few weeks and still getting their feet wet
What was the best dish/bite? Had the Beechers cheese, apple, bacon and walnut pizza – insane combination of awesomeness. Added in a simple green salad consisting of arugula, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese + a Rainer for me and some simple Sangoiviese for my lady. More to follow at a later date, definitely heading back!
Anything else you want to say? cool artsy/funky space for outdoor dining with a wood fired pizza oven in a chill setting (complete with picnic tables and chicken coop!). Looking forward to heading back again soon. Pizza was super yummy!