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I think this is my favorite brunch place in Seattle. The very quaint space with French touches is very comfortable for a late morning meal. The menu has so many options with both brunch menu items as well as a lunch menu to choose from. We had the Kale Gratin with poached egg, baguette and fruit, the baked eggs with Spinach, onions, buttery crumbs and ham and finished with the amaretto bread pudding with butter rum cream sauce. My kale gratin was so good with some cheesy goodness, but not too much, and some crispy, oven singed kale sitting underneath a perfectly poached egg. My mother's baked eggs were very good with a nest of spinach holding the eggs, onions and crispy breadcrumbs. I love the Colombia City baguettes they use too. The best dish in the place I must say is the bread pudding. I love bread pudding and I think that this is the best bread pudding I have ever had. I think it is the almond flavor I love so much. The amaretto really shines through and you feel like you are eating the innards of an almond croissant and then with the puddle of rum cream it sits in...so good! I highly suggest you finish your brunch, lunch or dinner at the Boat Street Café with this dessert!
The service is great here as well and never too fussy which I like. The only improvement/suggestion I have...an espresso machine for cappuccinos and lattes would be nice.
I kept hearing such great things about the brunch at Smith and a couple of weeks ago I finally got to try it for myself. What a great menu and for the quality of food you get I think the prices or spot on (I don't like to pay dinner prices for a meal that is typically not too expensive to make from an ingredient and time standpoint). I had the beef sandwich with fried green tomatoes and a fried egg which also came with fries. Absolutely delicious!!! There was a very generous cut of beef on the sandwich and it was so fork tender and flavorful. With the cheese and egg and tomatoes it is truly a rich breakfast so you won't need to eat much later in the day. My mother's breakfast, the eggs benedict, looked fantastic and the eggs were two of the most perfectly round and fat poached eggs I have ever seen. Overall a great brunch in a space I love that consistently has good food and beverages. I will definitely be back to try some of the other items on the brunch menu. I have my eye on the bloody mary.
You better have a reservation to this place if you don't like eating at the bar. This place is hopping!! My mom and I didn't jump on getting reservations quickly enough (tried on Thursday for a Saturday table) and therefore had to try our luck at the bar (ladies they have purse hooks!). Fortunately we got to great spots with a perfect view into the Friends and Family event happening at the new Wandering Goose next door. We shared the antipasti, bucatini amatriciana and the beef culotte. We only ordered a one person serving of the antipasti and it was a perfect starter for the two of us with lots of flavors and little nibbles to choose from. Next came our beef culotte (I know, I know...a bit out of order) which was delicious if a bit fatty. The meat was tender and the roasted tomatoes and potatoes were so good. There are about 6 slices of beef so perfect for sharing. Lastly came our pasta. Unfortunately the pasta kitchen was having some troubles this night so we waited about 45 min for it to come (10 after we finished our beef) so we weren't really hungry anymore. We each took a bite to try it hot and freshly prepared and it was good with a little bite to it and a light tomato sauce. The rest went in a box for dinner the next night.
I will say we had a fantastic bartender/server. She was super helpful with our order and very friendly. She apologized to us and others around us who had to wait a VERY long time for pasta and never once blamed the kitchen but instead graciously said sorry for the wait. She took care of us in a way that was appropriate and appreciated which ensured that we will return.
Overall a tasty meal in a pleasant setting. With the range of menu items to choose from you could come in for a salad and pizza one night, pasta another and a nice steak dinner on another night. I love that kind of flexibility. Bravo Ethan!
This restaurant definitely seems like an "event" dining spot. The dimly lit, slightly dated but nicely decorated dining room, the formal service, and tables of couples and families celebrating anniversaries and birthdays was a dead give-away. My mother and I were in D.C. for a long weekend and I had read some good reviews about this place so wanted to try it. Although the place might seem a little old fashioned the food certainly is not. We had a delicious scallop starter that had a creamy corn sauce, cherry tomatoes, watercress and bacon. There were two nice size scallops on this plate so we each got one. We also started with the heirloom and burrata salad that was nice and light but with the creamy and slightly decadent burrata (think fresh mozzarella with a creamy center). So good. We then shared the beef dish (they had a few additional cuts that night and we chose one of those) which came with the most delicious mushroom and bordelaise sauce and was accompanied by some cooked greens and a potato gratin. The beef was cook perfectly medium-rare and all of the ingredients on this dish were delicious. The kind of plate where after you eat everything you want to grab a piece of bread to mop the rest of the sauce up with. We both finished with a dessert. My mother had the pistachio pavlova with fresh raspberries and pistachio ice cream. It was like a little meringue pillow filled with whipped cream, topped with a fresh raspberry and a few pistachios sitting next to a scoop of pistachio ice cream. She loved it and liked that it wasn't too heavy. I had the classic chocolate coin. If you like chocolate at all I suggest you get this. Plus it is such a different kind of dessert that it makes it a bit special. The whiskey, chocolate and caramel mouse is actually more of a long cigar length layered bar with 3 distinct layers of flavor. It is absolutely delicious and along with the chocolate coin and chocolate ice cream, you get so many textures and lots of chocolate in one plate. Delicious.
The service is great here. You won't want for anything...they make sure of that.
My mother and I found ourselves finishing up 6 miles (4 hours) of walking the monuments and were looking for somewhere to eat that wasn't a sandwich shop. This is harder to find than you would think in such a tourist area. We saw the red umbrellas with a nice outdoor eating area and said "done". The place was full which was promising and the menu had a good variety of things albeit a bit pricey due to its location and being connected to such a famous hotel. I had a glass of rose and my mom had the lillet-ita. Both hit the spot on a warm day. We shared the salad nicoise and the cheese plate. The salad was delicious with wonderfully seared tuna. The cheese board was good but was pretty boring. It came with 3 cheeses (not large portions at all), 4 thriangles of raisin bread and a small jar of jam. Not your usual cheese board with all sorts of accoutrements so it was a bit ho-hum.
Overall okay service with pretty good food in a great location. I would come back because you can't beat sitting outside for lunch, near the White House with a glass of wine on a warm day.
If you are in D.C. and you enjoy a nice adult beverage you gotta come here. The view alone is worth it! Be warned, drinks are pricey and the service isn't spectacular but the view is what you are really paying for.
Take the elevator to the roof and you will find yourself at the P.O.V. bar looking out over the White House and the Washington Monument.
What a great meal!! From our spring grilled spring onions wrapped in prosciutto to the roasted peppers with anchovies (think a plate of red, orange and yellow peppers sitting in a pool of olive oil with strips of salty anchovies strewn on top) and our margherita pizza with buffalo mozzarella. It was all delicious! We ended our meal with the cannoli, which were a bit different then your usual cannoli due to the candied grapefruit rind in the ricotta filling, and were so delicious and a great finish to our dinner. The prices here are right on and there are so many small plates to choose from to start your meal that it isn't just your usual Neapolitan pizza place. Seattle has some great pizza places with a variety of Neapolitan and wood fired pizza places to choose from. I think 2 Amys is one of the best pizzas I have had! Our service was great too.
Once you put your name on the list (because I am sure there will be a wait) head straight back the bar and get yourself a drink and maybe a small plate or two while you wait.
If you need your hair done for a formal event I would call Carla in a second. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding recently and not being from Bellingham I asked a co-worker for a recommendation and she suggested Something Different. Since it is the summer in the NW you know that the weekends at a hair salon are going to be booked with wedding parties. Luckily I was able to get an appointment with Carla. She was fabulous! I knew that I wanted a messy side bun with side swept bangs but besides that I let her have free reign with my hair. I have medium length hair (a couple inches below the shoulder) and it is super slick (does not hold curls well and can be hard to get to hold in bobby pins). In 45 min she had added texture, curled all my hair, then created the best "formal" hair I have ever had. I got so many compliments throughout the wedding and there was not a single piece of hair that feel out of place.
Carla is super sweet and very patient and I knew that I could trust her to give me a great style. Highly recommend!!
A friend and I dined at Staple and Fancy last night for Restaurant Week. Our meal was delicious and they even accommodated my vegetarian friend by providing some non vegetarian plates for the first course.
- Local bread with imported Italian olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- Smoked mackeral crostini
- Vegetarian crostini with eggplant puree
- Vegetarian roasted beet and grapefruit salad with walnuts
- House made ricotta with greens and grilled toast
- Sardine with fennel and parsley salad
- green salad with vinegarette
- Gnocchi with cauliflower and artichoke hearts with olives and peppers: we both ordered this and it was delicious with a light butter, white wine sauce.
- brownie with peanut butter gelato and brittle: delicious!
- gelato with pistachio biscotti affogato: my friend loved this and she isn't even a huge fan of biscotti
Our server was fantastic and so helpful. You could tell that she enjoys what she does and shares that with her diners. This restaurant is one of my favorites!
*Staple and Fancy only offers the Restaurant Week menu during the two week event. I think this shows in the execution and food quality of S&F's RW menu.
It is definitely worth the work to seek this place out for a delicious lunch. Located in a gelateria, Il Corvo serves up delicious fresh pasta Tuesday thru Friday. They have 3 or 4 pasta dishes with varying toppings and sauces depending on what is in season. I had the tagliatelli with house cured pancetta, Tuscan kale and cream and it was melt in your mouth good. The pasta was fresh and tender and perfectly cooked and typical to "true" Italian cooking wasn't overly doused with a heavy cream sauce. The flakes of kale in the sauce provided a little bit of green goodness and of course the bits of pancetta were perfectly salty and provided more richness. One of my friends had the cavatelli with braised pork "peposa" which was a short, fork tine patterned pasta with a winey, braised pork sauce. It was quite good and had a richness from the wine and braised pork.
The outdoor patio makes this a great spot when the weather is nice. It is a very casual environment but has some of the energy from the Pike Place Market crowds. I highly recommend going out of your way to leave the office for some great lunchtime pasta!
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