Seattle is Food
Patrick and I had an amazing mini-vacation in Seattle, a city that neither of us had been to before. We were a little worried we were going to be popsicles but it wasn't too cold- just low 40's. And we didn't see one cloud. If it wasn't for the 15 miles we walked while we were there, I would say I gained about 30 lbs from all of the food we ate- but it is well worth it.
Upon arrival we were starving and visited the Elysian Bar. It had a wonderful aesthetic, mix of industrial and art deco. The metal staircase was grand and still didn't overwhelm the large space. The well stocked bar looked awesome underlight against the brick backdrop.
We both ordered the Halibut Fish & chips, slaw and cornichon aioli. The slaw was the best I've ever had- perfectly coated and seasoned. The fish was the shining star still, the breading wasn't over seasoned or heavy, which really let the freshness of the fish show. It paired great with my Avatar Jasmine IPA, a year round beer, that is actually a little too drinkable. Patrick had their seasonal Equinockin' Boots - which i just want to be in my fridge always. We came back here two more times in our 3 day stay... it was that impressive. And we are a little bit creatures of habit...
Which is why when we saw that RN74 had a Seattle location that we needed to visit. We have been to Michael Mina's RN74 in SF and roll ourselves back to BART everytime with empty wallets. This experience was equally impressive and delightful.
I ordered a Joshua Green - Bourbon, Punt e mes, bitters and Habanero. It was so good that I had 2. It was super well balanced and each flavor really took a turn to be tasted. The lingering habanero though was really what made me fall in love. Patrick kept it classic with an Old Fashion with Bullet Rye.
We started with Roasted la Belle Foie Gras doughnut with Washington Huckleberries and nutmeg. Obviously being a Californian and eating Foie Gras is already amazing... but this dish blew me away. It is the best mix of sweet and savory I've EVER eaten. Mind = BLOWN
I ordered Glazed Anderson ranches lamb shank with heirloom carrots, grains of paradise and argon oil. And... I cleared my plate. Best lamb ever cooked.
Patrick got a special... Risotto with parmesan cheese and super generous alba truffle. Chef David Varley really must have had a vision for this dish. I love risotto- but it was just the backdrop to this truffle. I'll just stop to tell you right now RN74 was the best meal we had in Seattle. Show stopper.
Then we headed to this little Radiator Whiskey place hidden up above some shops across from Public Market Center. I got The Piledriver - buffalo trace bourbon, aperol, lemon, mint, house rhubarb bitters. (can you tell the kind of drinks I like yet?) Now Patrick got this Cask Strength Westland American Single malt. It taste, to me, exactly like leftover syrup on your plate after you eat pancakes and sausage. Hard to drink, not our favorite.
When Rachel and Dan visited they ate at Lola and recommended it highly. Well deserved. There was a 45 minute wait on sunday morning, but lucky for us, there was just 2 seats left at the bar that we grabbed instead. Coffee was great everywhere we went, but I especially liked how full they kept your cup here. We had the Wild Mushroom Scramble, Kefalograviera, tarragon, smashed garlic fried potatoes, bacon and toast with house made huckleberry jam, and a side of fruit. AND an Omelette with spinach, caramelized onions, feta, smashed garlic fried potatoes, bacon and toast. Everything was cooked to perfection- awesome chefs back there for sure. Can someone teach me to make potatoes like this though? I mean, i'll pay you if you can get it close to as good as these were. And their bacon- thick cut amazing with traces of honey that they get from a Bavarian market. Holy Pig.
Mid day snack we stopped off at Pike Brewing for their Auld Acquaintance Spiced Holiday Ale and Doubble Hopulous Double IPA. They were both incredible. but we couldn't just have beer once we saw their famous dungeness crab chowder and "Ploughmans Plate" of Artisan Cured meats and cheeses. The chowder and beers were top notch, but the ploughmans plate I felt like could have been picked up from Safeways Deli.
Remember that I said we went back to Elysian? Yeah so I got the Night Owl- Pumpkin Ale with nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and allspice. Pumpkin Pie in a glass- but very drinkable and not overly sweet. Patrick got the Marche Le Public- Wheat Honey Malts, oats and citra hops.
For dinner we tried this place with high reviews and highly recommended by everyone we met called Purple. We started with a cheese flight, which was the most generous serving we had anywhere. I had the Duck Carbonara- Bucatini, duck confit, egg yolk, and grana padano. It was good but not like out of this world- I actually didn't even finish it and I like pasta and duck a lot. Patrick got another special - Braised painted hills 'short rib', celery root puree, sauteed broccoli rabb, red wine braisage. AMAZING. Like soo good- but still nothing to RN74. And I had whatever average Pinot they gave me.
We headed back to Elysian where I had the best mixed drink of the trip. Yep, even better than the Joshua Green from RN74. Hangman's Tears - Smith and Cross Rum, Punt e Mes, Chin China, Lemon and Orange Bitters. Super strong but DELICIOUS. Dangerous combo there. Patrick got Dragons Toe- Bourbon, Cucumber water, ginger water and ginger ale.
We headed out to the Rabbit Hole for a game of Skeeball where we had whiskey and called it a night. Guess where we went for breakfast? Yep. Lola. Eggs benedict and Lola Breakfast and lots of coffee.