We’ve got some newbies in the neighborhood! Over the past couple of weeks, some brand new or overhauled Queen Anne restaurants and businesses have opened their doors.
When renowned chef Shaun McCrain left his post at The Book Bindery on June 28th of this year, there was a question about whom would fill his shoes at the top-notch Queen Anne restaurant. On October 1st, The Book Bindery re-opened with a new look, new name, and new chef! Chef Nico Borzee comes to the newly updated restaurant, Hommage, from Artusi on Capitol Hill. He was born in France, and started his career at age 15, working his way through several Michelin-starred eateries in France before becoming sous chef at Coi in San Francisco (Coi has two Michelin stars). Visit Hommage and sample Nico Borzee’s craft for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Look for some sparkle on the Avenue! Swissa Jewelers has moved to Queen Anne from 7th Avenue – they are now open in the little shop next to Queen Anne Chiropractic, where Calva Café used to be. Swissa Jewelers has been in business since 1973, offering beautiful fine jewelry, watches, custom jewelry and jewelry services including repair and engraving.
The blue-and-white retro Cookie Counter van has found a regular stopping spot on Queen Anne every Wednesday! Visit the Umpqua Bank parking lot each week on Wednesdays to enjoy their tasty vegan ice cream sandwiches. Check their Facebook page for daily updates.
Twirl Café will be transferring ownership to Umbrella Tree on November 1st. Umbrella Tree has been running kids classes and events out of the Twirl Café space for the last year, and when Twirl’s owner, Rebecca Pelletier, decided to close to focus on her family, the Umbrella Tree’s owners decided to step in and make it theirs! Twirl Café celebrates its last day on October 31st, and becomes Umbrella Tree on November 1st. The creative kids classes will continue to be offered, although changes and renovations will be occurring over the next couple of months. Click here for more information about the transition.
Welcome to the neighborhood!
Featured photo credit: Suzi Pratt for Seattle.Curbed.com.
When Seattle Restaurant Week comes around twice each year, the city’s dining scene gets a lot of action! The fall edition of Seattle Restaurant Week 2014 begins on Sunday, October 19th, and we suggest you visit a Queen Anne restaurant to enjoy it!
Restaurant Week runs from October 19th through 23rd, and again from the 26th through the 30th. Participating Queen Anne restaurant locations will offer three courses for dinner for $30 per person. Some locations will offer two lunch courses for $15, and additional wine pairings.
Read below for the participating Queen Anne restaurant spots to check out for the upcoming Seattle Restaurant Week…
Seafood is a must at Ponti, where the appetizer options for Restaurant Week include Steamed Penn Cove Mussels or Clams, Alaska King Crab Rangoons, Grilled Marinated Monterey Calamari, Hawaiian Albacore Tartare, or Sriracha-Lime White Gulf Prawns. Choose your dinner entrée from Thai Curry Penne with Alaskan Scallops and Dungeness Crab, Grilled Wild Sockeye Salmon, Pan-Roasted Alaskan Cod, Lemongrass and Star Anise Braised Lamb Shank, or Wild Mushroom Risotto. For dessert, enjoy Moelleux au Chocolat, Lemon Cheesecake, Sorbet Trio, or Lemon Tart. Click here to view the full menu.
Gluten-free and vegetarian options can be found on Betty’s Restaurant Week menu. To start, choose from Mixed Greens, Tuscan Kale Salad, or Fried Cauliflower for your appetizer – all are both vegetarian and gluten-free. As an entrée, the selection includes Oven Roasted Chicken, Kassler Pork Chop, Slow-Braised Lamb Shank, or Saffron & Leek Risotto Cakes. Restaurant Week guests can choose from any one of Betty’s renowned house-made desserts from the daily menu.
Fans of Peso’s will love the fact that they can enjoy three lunch courses for $15 during restaurant week – click here to check out the full lunch and dinner menu options. For dinner, choose from Chiogga Beets/Asparagus/Arugula salad, Peso’s Chop Chop Salad, West Indies Prawn Bouillabaise, Portobello ‘Roias’ Chile Relleno, or Crispy Beef Picadillo Taquitos for your appetizer. Entrée choices include Peso’s Signature Carne Asada, Mexico City Rib Eye, Dungeness Crab and Rock Shrimp Enchilada, Double-Cut Pork Chop, or Fresh Pacific Rockfish with Prawns and Scallops. Enjoy either a Warm Brownie Sundae or Fried Banana-Chocolate Chimichangas.
Seattle Restaurant Week lunch can also be had at Toulouse Petit – two courses for $15. View both lunch and dinner menus here. The dinner options start with a selection of tasty appetizers: Beet Salad, Garlic Sausage, Duck-Pistachio Terrine, Onion Soup, or Grilled Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto. For your dinner entrée choices, select from a vegetarian sage and pine nut Tagliatelle pasta, Mad Hatcher Farms Half Chicken, Oven Roasted Duck Confit, Bolognese, or Gulf Shrimp with Crawfish and Housemade Andouille over grits. Choose from Toulouse Petit’s famous beignets, chocolate torte, or white chocolate bread pudding for dessert.
Diners won’t be short on options for Ten Mercer’s Seattle Restaurant Week menu! Start with Stuffed Eggplant Rollotini, Ten Mercer’s House Salad, or a Wild Green Salad for your appetizer. Entrée selections include Roasted Stuffed Corvina, Pan Fried Rainbow Trout, Fresh Steelhead Trout, Grilled House-Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Seared Petite Tenderloin Medallions, Lamb Sugo, Four Cheese Ravioli, or Wild Mushroom Risotto. Choose from Vanilla Bean Custard, Profiteroles, or Chocolate Torten for dessert.
The Queen Anne location of The Melting Pot is participating in Seattle Restaurant Week in its own fondue fashion! Appetizer choices are Caesar Salad, the Melting Pot House Salad, or a California Salad. Enjoy dippable entrée selections: Triple Dip, Signature Selection, or Vegetarian fondue. Choose from one of The Melting Pot’s three chocolate fondues for dessert!
New American meets Italian at Crow for their Restaurant Week menu. Choose from the soup of the day, Mixed Greens, Sauteed Prawns & Spinach Chorizo, or an Iceberg Wedge Salad for your appetizer. For the entrée, selections include a Pan-Roasted Chicken, Cured Pork Tenderloin, House Lasagna, or Brown Butter Gnocchi. The full daily dessert menu is available for your dessert choice!
This lower Queen Anne restaurant is participating in Restaurant Week for lunch and dinner, with menus that are much the same (smaller portion sizes for lunch). Appetizer choices are Bento Salad, Chicken Skewer, Pork Skewer, or Short Rib (no short rib on the lunch menu offering). For your entrée, choose from Chuck Shabu, Pork Shabu, or Vegetarian Shabu. Desserts to choose from include Mango Sago, Coconut Sago, or Ginger Lemongrass Crème Brulee.
Another Restaurant Week participant offering lunch, you can enjoy two courses for $15 at Agave. Click here to view the full lunch and dinner offerings for Restaurant Week. For dinner, choose from three tasty appetizers including Grilled Jalapenos, Traditional Pozole, or Wild Mushroom and Spinach Quesadilla – each is paired with Casamigos Blanco Tequila. Entrée selections are paired with Casamigos Reposado Tequila, and include Roasted Butternut Squash Enchiladas, Poblano & Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast, or Grilled Mango Habanero Salmon. For dessert, choose from Tres Leches Cake or Coconut Almond Fried Ice Cream, paired with Casamigos Anejo Tequila.
With daily-changing menus, regular press in the foodie networks throughout the city, and a hold-no-punches, straight-up, intentional approach to good food, LloydMartin’s Queen Anne restaurant is the place to be to try something refreshing, tasteful, and creative with food.
Once Bricco, a wine and charcuterie/cheese bar, Chef Sam Crannell and his LloydMartin restaurant took over the space in October 2011 and turned it into a dinner restaurant and bar that locals and in-towners really must visit. He and his chefs work wonders from a teeny-tiny kitchen (can it really be called a kitchen?).
The menu features small appetizer plates to share, and heartier main dishes, plus unique desserts and sweet dishes to finish off your meal. It’s updated daily, and changes in large part based on the ingredients that Sam is able to access that very day. Wild mushrooms of different varietals make an appearance year-round, from various truffles to morels.
Some classic LloydMartin dishes over the past years of operation have included a flavorful white bean mousse appetizer, and delicious pork roasts. There’s almost always some kind of foie gras. On the ‘plates’ menu, LloydMartin is known for handmade pastas.
For an additional boost of freshness, LloydMartin hosts prix-fixe Farmers Market Dinners on Thursdays throughout the Queen Anne Farmers Market Season (June through October). The meal is a select offering of dishes made completely from ingredients gathered at that day’s market.
This summer, Chef Sam began offering a fixed-price three-course chef’s menu for $45/person. According to a feature in the Puget Sound Business Journal, the idea has been a smashing success!
To compliment their offerings from the kitchen(-ette), the Queen Anne restaurant has a pretty notable wine list, including sparkling wines, whites, rosés, and reds (both imported and domestic). Several bottles are offered by the glass, with a much bigger offering by the bottle and from LloydMartin’s cellar.
If you love Canlis for special occasions, you’ll feel right at home at LloydMartin for your more regular weeknights out. LloydMartin is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. until close. Social hour is from 5 – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, weekly, with small plates for under $10 each, $4 draft beer, $2 off wines by the glass, and $8 specialty cocktails.
Later this month, LloydMartin’s Chef Sam will be participating in the Cooking with Class benefit at Salty’s on Alki on September 9th. In addition, LloydMartin will host a Lamb Battle cook-off and later, a fall pop-up beer dinner with NW Peaks, featuring beer and pub food. Visit the restaurant’s events page for more details.