Having a Hard Time Deciding Where to Eat/Drink this Weekend? Seattle’s Coolest Bars and Restaurants in Town

We’re here to make your decision making even harder. Where to Eat and Drink in Seattle; the coolest bars and restaurants in town!

BALLARD


1) Bitterroot BBQ
5239 Ballard Ave NW; 206.920.4196
A custom smoker doles out serious “Q” cuts of pork belly, baby backs, and pulled pork, which go onto custom pretzel buns from Tall Grass Bakery.
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2) The Walrus and the Carpenter
4743 Ballard Ave NW; 206.395.9227
From the French-foodtrix behind the Boat Street Cafe, this big-time (but not very big) oyster bar is dominated by heaping baskets of shellfish, and a totally open kitchen, who claims to not care who his GF is forking.
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3) Staple & Fancy Mercantile
4739 Ballard Ave NW; 206.789.1200
S&F gets its name — not to mention the inspiration for its “Staple” a la carte eats and “Fancy” chef’s tasting menus — from the original hand-painted signage they found behind a plaster wall in this renovated machine/mercantile shop.
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4) Ray’s Boathouse
6049 Seaview Ave NW; 206.789.3770
After a four-month hiatus, this waterfront seafoodery came back with a swanked out vengeance, and a new shared plate-heavy menu.
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CAPITOL HILL


5) Von Trapp’s
912 12th Ave; 206.325.5409
The crew behind Bastille stormed Cap Hill with this massive, 420-seat beer hall fitted with two bars, five indoor bocce courts, and a mess of housemade sausage.
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6) Bait Shop
606 Broadway E; 206.420.8742
Opened by the lady behind Linda’s, King’s, Oddfellows, etc., this North Broadway boozer’s presumably called Bait Shop because you’ll end up hooked on its tropical drinks! Or just, you know, because of the nautical motif or whatever.
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7) Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium
928 12th Ave; 206.552.9755
Despite its vintage-artillery-style logo, this place’s name references canonical standards of good taste, which it displays via lavish, Prohibition-era touches and seriously elevated cocktails.
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8) Altura Restaurant
617 Broadway E; 206.402.6749
Helmed by a husband & wife team who legit met while crushing Deluxes at the nearby Dick’s, Altura slings next-level Boot-food sourced mostly from Pike Place Market.
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9) Terra Plata
1501 Melrose Ave; 206.325.1501
James Beard winner Tamara Murphy’s aggressively farm-to-table eatery is smack in Melrose Market, which is also an exchange where Andrew Shue futures contracts are trading at… well, look at that: they’re free.
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10) Rumba
1112 Pike St; 206.583.7177
Inspired by ’50s-era Cuban drinking rooms, Rumba’s decadence flies in the face of the Revolution, and it must be destroyed the second spot named for a dance opened by the dude behind nearby Tango.
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11) The Wandering Goose
403 15th Ave E; 206.323.9938
Serving a biscuit-heavy line-up of Southern eats, this narrow, 30-seat cafe is separated from the neighboring Rione XIII only by a vintage leaded glass “demising-wall” that looks totally killer.
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12) Artusi
1535 14th Ave; 206.251.7673
Spinasse’s boozier little brother preps badass imbibables, plus lighter Italian fare inspired by famed, 19th c., Pellegrino Artusi-penned cookbook Science in the Kitchen.
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13) Bar Cotto
1546 15th Ave; 206.838.8081
Right next to one of Ethan Stowell’s other excellent eat spots (Anchovies & Olives), this salumeria’ll ply you with prosciutto, mortadella, Parma, and other porcine products that’re HAM to pass up.
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14) Auto Battery
1009 E Union St; 206.322.2886
Located in a former (wait for it!) auto battery shop, this garage-door-fronted hybrid coffee shop/sports bar’s got everything you need to enjoy the game, including tubular-shaped meat from next door Po Dogs.
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15) Poquitos
1000 E Pike St; 206.453.4216
This extravagantly appointed, 122-seat comida-ry has a massive, flame-heated, covered deck, a separate late-night take-out counter, and made-to-order tortilla and guac stations.
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BELLTOWN


16) The Coterie Room
2137 2nd Ave; 206.956.8000
Delicate inlaid ceiling panels, a living wall of greenery, and a glowing crystal dreidel of a chandelier all sit in service of eats from the guys behind Spur Gastropub and Tavern Law.
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17) Rocco’s Specialty Bar & Pizzeria
2228 2nd Ave; 206.448.2625
Creatively named drinks, old-timey, mix-your-own “Shrub Cocktails” that come w/ a flavored syrup, various spirits & soda, and hand-tossed pizzas covered in toppings ranging from anchovies to “X Mozzarella”.
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18) The Upstairs
2209 2nd Ave; 206) 441-4013
Sneakily located in the pseudo-residential space that once housed art co-op/kinda illegal drinking establishment the McLeod Residence, The Upstairs is accessed via a street-side stairway that’s marked only by extremely subtle signs, which you won’t be giving off after a few of their craft ‘tails.
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19) Local 360
2234 1st Ave; 206.441.9360
Even sourcing most of their consumables from within 360 miles of Seattle, they still manage to turn out malted buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, plates of pork belly slathered in beans for dinner, plus snacks from PB&J Bon Bons to crispy pig ear.
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DOWNTOWN


20) Vessel
624 Olive Way
Staffed by a rotating line-up of bartenders from Seattle’s sweetest drinking establishments, Vessel’s got a “Lab” in the back where they run scientific tipple experiments, and make giant 300lb blocks of ice. For real.
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21) Cha:n
86 Pine St ; 206.443.5443​
Using Western techniques is either a good way to get your university in trouble for giving Shaq a car/Penny Hardaway a house/that white dude no one knows a tractor, or a sweet way to prepare classic Korean eats, as evidenced by the courtyard-adjacent Cha:n.
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22) Marche
86 Pine St; 206.728.2800
This convivial Franco-foodery from the accolade-heavy Iron Chef behind Cafe Campagne serves up playful takes on traditional bistro fare, like a salad that combines salmon roe & warm potato, also a game that, while significantly easier to play, is much less exciting.
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PIONEER SQUARE


24) Il Corvo
217 James St; 206.538.0999
The guy behind this beloved former Pike Street Hill Climb pop-up tops his meticulously handmade pastas with everything from spicy coppa to wild boar.
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25) Bar Sajor
323 Occidental Ave S; 206.682.1117
The guy behind The Corson Building, Bar Ferd’nand, etc., has made this lunch-focused P-Square boozer the place to go for exclusively wood-fired/wood-grilled eats.
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26) Delicatus
103 1st Ave S; 206.623.3780
This delicatessen/bar’s split by a large column’d archway, w/ a casual drinkery on one side, and a long lunch counter topped w/ lofted seating on the other. Sandwich monstrosities are highlighted by the pulled pork/wasabi aioli Fists of Fury topped w/ tobiko caviar.
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EASTLAKE


27) Blind Pig Bistro
2238 Eastlake Ave E; 206.329.2744
Opened in the same charmingly strange strip mall space that used to house Nettletown, and before that Sitka & Spruce, this… um, spruced 20-seater serves a constantly rotating menu of delicious-but-affordable small plates.
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28) Sushi Kappo Tamura
2968 Eastlake Ave E; 206.547.0937
This casually high-end raw-fishery preps mostly NW-caught seafood in an open stainless-steel kitchen wrapped by a sushi bar that fits 13, a number which, as Wilt Chamberlain will tell you, gets crazy lucky.
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WALLINGFORD/FREMONT


29) Agrodolce
709 N 35th St; 206.547.9707
If she spelled her name differently, you might think James Beard winner Maria Hines had 57 restaurants, but Fremont’s Agrodolce — a Southern-Italian follow-up to Tilth and Golden Beetle — is actually only her third.
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30) The Whale Wins
3506 Stone Way N; 206.632.9425
Not just a succinct paraphrase of the Cliffs Notes on Moby Dick, The Whale Wins is actually an airy, L-shaped 50-seater from the chef-lady behind The Walrus & the Carpenter and Boat Street Cafe that boasts French country eats cooked almost exclusively in a massive wood-fired oven.
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31) Joule
3506 Stone Way N; 206.632.1913
This Korean steakhouse sports a “Beef of the Day” offering that ranges from short rib steak w/ kalbi & grilled kimchi, to a tartare w/ spicy cod roe & Asian pear.
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32) Hunger
3601 Fremont Ave N; 206.402.4854
If you think it’s hilarious to use that old “seafood diet” joke, you’re childish, but will be nonetheless amused by Hunger’s off-the-boat options like day boat scallop crudo w/ grapefruit, harissa vinaigrette & bacon crackers, not to mention Seattle’s manliest sandwich.
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33) The Backdoor at Roxy’s
462 N 36th St; 206.632.7322
Accessed via a nondescript door in the parking lot at Fremont mainstay Roxy’s Diner, this speakeasy-ish 92-seater serves classic American eats and cocktails in a former Rain City Video space.
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34) Revel and Quoin
403 N 36th St; 206.547.2040
Quoin’s an industrially appointed, 20-seat drinkery specializing in infused syrup/bitters-heavy ‘tails and flavored Korean sojus. Revel’s a casual 40-seat box serving street food-inspired Asian/French small plates. Perhaps the city’s best twofer.
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35) Pinky’s Kitchen
210 NE 45th St; 206.867.5209
This not-so-mobile food operation started by serving badass sandwiches, but morphed into one of The Town’s sweetest BBQ joints by building a smokehouse in the parking lot across the street.
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Madison Park


36) Madison Park Conservatory
1927 43rd Ave E; 206.324.9701
Boasting a seasonally driven menu of whatever-style-of-food-they-feel-like-making, this Mediterranean-ish eatery rolls out a constantly innovating array of bites.
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37) LUC
2800 E Madison St; 206.325.7442
Top Chef Master Thierry Rautureau’s laid-back French foodery boasts a massive bar built from the remains of the chef’s old porch, and bistro-style grub like the Beef Burger w/ caramelized onion, tomato jam & house aioli.
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Queen Anne/Magnolia


38) Tanglewood Supreme
3216 W Wheeler St; 206.708.6235E
Named after a dish the owner’s mom cooked at their old house in Berkeley, Tanglewood Supreme is now less a casserole and more a seafoodery slinging only premium-sourced fish in a space that looks like your dining room would if you were kind of classy, and actually had a dining room.
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39) Lloyd Martin
1525 Queen Anne Ave N; 206.420.7602
Lloyd’s helmed by a local chef who decided to stop cooking for other people (Quinn’s, Oddfellows) and start serving a constantly rotating menu of pretty much whatever he damn well pleases, which sadly isn’t mystery-flavored Shark Bites.
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SODO/WEST SEATTLE


40) Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whiskey
4437 California Ave SW; P206.935.1075
Responding to the high demand for his previously only-available-on-Monday fried chicken, accolade-heavy chef Mark Fuller turned his entire restaurant into a destination for that sweet breaded poultry, and totally normal stuff like SPAM sushi.
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41) Brass Tacks
6105 13th Ave S; 206.397.3821
Getting down to Brass Tacks means… taking Hwy 99 or 4th Ave S down to Marginal Way and trying to stay out of lanes that force you to get on the freeway until you get to Airport Way, and finding this highly-curated, hand-built drink establishment from the dude behind next-door Ground Control.
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42) Marination Ma Kai
1660 Harbor Ave SW; 206.328.8226
Named after a Hawaiian phrase for “near the sea”, MMK serves an expanded version of the Marination food truck’s Asian-inspired eats. This heavily updated beachfront shack affords you sweeping views of downtown… and the chance to eat even more SPAM sushi!
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43) Philly Boys Cheesesteaks Shop
3201 4th Ave S; 206.414.7707
The appropriately Whiz-yellow painted PBC slings upmarket cheesesteaks loaded with 14-day-aged shaved beef.
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MOBILE


44) My Sweet Lil Cakes
Hot cakes: no longer just what that weird guy in your building keeps calling your girlfriend, thanks to this bright orange trailer serving up made-from-scratch waffles-/pancakes-on-a-stick.
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45) Off The Rez Truck
From a dude who grew up eating the NW American Indian faves he now serves (tacos, frybreads, etc.), this distinctively wrapped mobile operation boasts a mural in which a tribal member is literally blowing clouds of smoke over the city skyline, as if to say, “Fine, steal my land, but just know you’re only getting 62 hours of direct sunlight each year bitchesssss.”
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46) Seattle Biscuit Company
Even if you didn’t have the chance to get them pregnant, the people you grow up with can still have a real impact on your life, as evidenced by Seattle Biscuit Company, whose freshly baked biscuit sandwiches are named mostly for real people from the owner’s Georgia hometown.
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47) Monte Cristo
Have you ever had a grilled cheese with duck confit, Taleggio, Fontina, & mozzarella that’s also topped w/ rhubarb jam & cracklins? If so, you’ve been to this yellow-polka-dotted food truck helmed by a Seattle chef recognized by James Beard back in 1999.
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NEW Ballard Sushi Restaurant: Billy Beach Sushi and Bar

Sweet and sour calamari steaks and cocktails named after Jesus.

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When Eddie Murphy did Raw, he famously said the word “f**k” 223 times — presumably because he realized that no one does raw like Billy Beach, the dude behind Japonessa and this 60-seat Ballard sushi bar (and bar bar), where the menu’s much more traditional than his usual Latin-infused fare but still Deliriously good.

If you’ve got a fishy feeling about this place, it might be because you’ve seen it before: it used to be Paratii Craft Bar. Either that, or it’s the giant metal fish cladding the wall.

They pretty much gutted the old space and brought in an artist from Oz… er, Australia, who’s a wizard with custom wall panels.

The artistry extends to the food, like this Omakase-style — or chef’s choice — sushi plate which boasts raw bites like sea urchin, tuna brushed w/ sweet sake & soy, and cured blue shrimp that is just… um, sick.

Bento boxes will include a few pieces of one of the chef’s signature rolls (like the spicy yellowtail one at the top of the page), plus things like this pickled salmon.

Not-raw foodstuffs include this sweet & spicy calamari steak that’s so good you might want to cuttle(with this)fish.

To wash it all down, there are some next-level cocktails like this mezcal-/mint-based Okinawan Jesus, and a rum & shiso number named for a place where things are always pretty raw: the Nudie Beach.

 

Billy Beach Sushi and Bar

5463 Leary Ave Nw

Seattle, WA 98107

206.257.4616 Website

 

 

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Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY! Where to Take Mom Out to Brunch in Seattle

Mother’s Day Brunch Spots that Mom Will Love

Mother's Day brunch Theo's Chocolate Ganache Cake, Tilth

The to-die-for Theo chocolate ganache cake at Tilth

Brunch has become the go-to way to pamper Mom on Mother’s Day, and why not? Nothing says I love you quite like a big platter of eggs bennies and potatoes fried golden with a mimosa on the side. Thanks for all you do Mom!  Fair warning: Don’t wait too long to make rezzies. Finding a table for Mother’s Day brunch can be like looking for a Valentine’s Day date on February 13.  

Cafe Flora’s annual Mother’s Day brunch offers a three-course seasonal vegetarian and vegan menu with all sorts of selections for $30 per person, and a kids menu for $15 per child, with gluten, nut and soy-free options available. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206-325-9100. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.  

At Chandler’s Crabhouse on Lake Union, Mother’s Day brunch includes options such as a Dungeness crab omelet, Market House corned beef hash and a spring lamb stew topped with a sunnyside up egg, accompanied by Schwartz Brothers Bakery coffee cake. The cost is $32 per adult. Children’s menus, for ages six to 10, are available for $10 and include choice of starter, French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon; children five years and younger are free and will receive French toast, scrambled eggs and strawberries. The special brunch menu is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sibling chefs Sophie and Eric Banh are celebrating with a special Mother’s Day addition to the dim sum brunch menu at Monsoon and Monsoon East— their own mother’s favorite dish, dumplings. There will be both vegetarian and pork belly dumplings available during brunch, which is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tilth is offering a special three-course Mother’s Day brunch for $25 featuring fare prepared from certified organic ingredients including asparagus salad, Quiche Lorraine and rhubarb French toast. Oh, and the amazing Theo chocolate ganache cake for dessert! Reservations: 206.633.0801 or online.

RN74 will offer a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that features a lineup of a la carte menu favorites including pastry chef Kim Mahar’s basket of goodies: banana walnut bread, bacon and cheddar scones and pecan sticky buns. If you’re in the eat-dessert-first camp, check out her hand-cut beignets with rhubarb coulis! Reservations: 206-456-7474.

 

 

 

Special Thanks to Seattle Magazine

Weekend Adventure: The Seattle S.L.U.T. Pub Crawl

A seriously epic afternoon of streetcar boozing.

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Yes, Seattle’s public transportation system can be confusing, inconvenient, and — despite the acronym — generally unreceptive to going topless for a free Jimmy Buffett t-shirt, but take advantage of it (!) regardless, with our trolley-inspired loop of drinking spots in South Lake Union.

Westlake & Olive: Suite 410 (410 Stewart St)
Hit this swanked hole-in-the-wall before 7p, and they’ll ply you with free fresh fruits and cheeses, cheap wells, and deals on select specialty ‘tails like one called the Hot Mango Love, which is a big deal as Chris Kattan normally just reserves that for Matt Damon.

Westlake & 7th: Mistral Kitchen (2020 Westlake Ave)
Helm’d by one of Seattle’s hottest chefs, this place offers slickly produced farm-to-table eats and a recently expanded bar menu that includes things like a cocktail served in an ice cold flask.

Terry & Thomas: Cuoco & Brave Horse Tavern (310 Terry Ave N)
If you’re looking for something substantial, hit super-chef Tom Douglas’ boot-foodery Cuoco, or head to his sprawling pub upstairs, where a fresh pretzel and the house brew made with help from Schooner Exact are the perfect things to go with a game on their retro shuffle board tables.

Fairview & Campus Drive: A Terrible Beauty (1001 Fairview Ave N)
This bi-level Irish boozer boasts some sweet waterfront views, but you’ll be immune to such non-terrible beauty once you see their traditional fish & chips and perfectly poured pints of Guinness.

Westlake & Mercer: Re:public (429 Westlake Ave N)
This accolade-heavy gastro has can’t-miss eats like a Wagyu burger w/ applewood-smoked bacon, Beecher’s cheddar, apple ketchup & horseradish aioli — plus they “will totally take care of” anyone who mentions Thrillist, which probably doesn’t include touching below the belt, but… anyway, next spot!!

Westlake & N Harrison: Flying Fish (300 Westlake Ave N)
If you get to this modern seafoodery during happy hour, the bar’s got freshly shucked oysters for just $.50, and, no matter when you get there, there’s a full range of house ‘tails and more than 225 wines.

Westlake & 7th: A Pizza Mart (910 Stewart St)
End your night at this open-until-4a ‘za slinger, where their 11p-2a happy hour means slice/shot/beer combos for nine bucks — which, since they let Seattle native Jon Brockman go, is also the number of actually good players on Milwaukee’s roster.

 

 

 

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Chartreuse: Taste the Shades of Green. Where to Drink Chartreuse in Seattle

Chefs and bartenders love this herbal liqueur. And now, so do I.

Canon’s Chartreuse tap.

You don’t sit down at a bar and order a shot of Chartreuse, like you would Fireball. You don’t pound it or shoot it (though I’m sure some do), you savor it, you analyze it, swish it around in your mouth to decipher the mysterious herbal components that emerge as it warms or chills. Not unlike wine, there are connoisseurs of Chartreuse—almost fanatics of the green drink.

Seattle’s best-known association with the liqueur might be Murray Stenson. His addition of the Last Word–a Prohibition-era Chartreuse concoction with gin, lime, and maraschino–to the cocktail list at Zig Zag Cafe caused a resurgence that swept the country. But it all started with an age-old manuscript and an order of monks in France.

The recipe, introduced to the monks in 1605, is guarded. Only two monks of the Carthusian order know the combination of the 130 bits of greenery it takes to make this liqueur. Originally called “The Elixir of Long Life” at 138 proof, it was thought to have medicinal properties. The long, colorful history of the liqueur is ripe for a medieval-fantasy novel rendition.

Bar manager Jamie Boudreau of Canon, got as close as one can get without taking a vow of silence during his visit to the distillery in Voiron, France. This may sound like a tall tale, but Boudreau’s got some guts, so I wouldn’t put it past him: On his tour he apparently took a wrong turn and happened upon an open door. He peeked in and saw piles of bags; a strong aroma drifted his way. Boudreau was soon shooed along with a warning that the herb room was strictly off limits. He still wishes he’d had just a little more time to investigate, just a few seconds more and the mystery may have unraveled right in front of him.

Suffice to say, Boudreau is a huge fan: “I don’t like finishing a meal without having Chartreuse. That’s my dessert,” he says, “try it with a little bite of chocolate, it’s heaven.” So what is it about this liqueur that creates this obsessive love affair? Since when do we here in the Northwest indulge in something with vague ingredients like “plants”? Knowing the varietals, origins, and the exact region/farm/acre where our greens were picked is practically a local sport. For this drink, we make an exception; the mystery is all a big part of the adoration. And like so many spirited developments, it seems the popularity of this quaff comes back to the bartenders and chefs who make it available to us civilians. 

Chartreuse’s specific fan base isn’t easy to pinpoint, but the super hardcore have tattoos of the label. They drink it with their eyes closed to really taste it. Not to steal absinthe’s lexicon, but Chartreuse lovers’ devotion verges on green mania.

And I have to admit, I can’t stop thinking about it since I first tried it with Boudreau. He gave me three tastes: traditional green at 110 proof, from the tap at 90 proof (Boudreau adds a little extra water to the tap variety to let the herbal flavors really shine) and a genepi liqueur (an herb from the Alps in the same family as wormwood). As you sip you start to wonder: What’s that herb? Oh, it’s spicy, now sweet. Is that tarragon, no, anise! Must taste it again. I need to know where these flavors are coming from. Sage? It’s different every time. These monks are brilliant. Someone please get me that recipe. Or just another shot of Chartreuse—that’ll do.

 Some might find Chartreuse “challenging,” as Anthony Bourdain did on The Layover in Seattle. Whereas on the next bar stool over, Matt Dillon called it the “greatest stuff on earth.” Maybe partly for that euphoric buzz that comes along with it. I did notice a warm, everything-is-going-to-be-fine feeling come over me. Boudreau did seem exceptionally happy after our session and advises a shot before bed for vivid dreams. I’m a convert. I think I may have to drink it everyday. 

Find the shades of green at some of these Chartreuse-loving establishments:

Canon
Along with Chartreuse on tap, find ten different expressions of the liqueur on the captain’s list, many  Boudreau brought back with him from his trip to France. Taste the mellowness of the yellow or the VEP versions aged in oak, which allows the sugars to crystallize causing a dryer mouth feel. 

Le Pichet
Head chef and “booze purist” Jack Spiess prefers a Chartreuse VEP neat on the side of chocolat chaud. Find the three most popular kinds here: green, yellow, and VEP. Spiess says most of the clientele at the French bistro prefer the liqueur as a digestif; when in France, right? But expect to see a new Chartreuse cocktail on the list this summer. 

Zig Zag Cafe
The locale of the comeback of “The Last Word.” Stenson is no longer here to mix it up for you, but I’m sure Erik, Ben, and the crew can do it justice.   

Rob Roy
Where Bourdain, Dillon, and Hines had a post-Canlis drink on The Layover. Bourdain was a little bit of a big baby about the bitterness, while Dillon drank it down with a serene smile.

 

 

Special Thanks to Seattle Met Magazine

It’s Friday!! This Week in Happy Hour: Wings Edition

Where to go for a fix that’s sweet and salty or atomically red-hot.

Full-size wings at the Palace Kitchen.

 Chicken wings come in many forms, shapes, and sauces. Some people prefer them fried, others prefer baked. Some like ’em hot or more on the sweet side. Wings pair perfectly with a pitcher of beer or, in my case, with a glass of house cabernet, Because, why not? I’m a traditionalist; I like my wings extra crispy, extra spicy with blue cheese and celery. And a pile of extra napkins. However you like them, one of these happy hours should fit the bill.

Monsoon
Brother and sister chef team Sophie and Eric Banh premiered a new happy hour menu last week. It’s available every day from 3 to 5 and 9 to close. For $7 get salt-and-pepper chicken wings with lime, plus several other $7 options. Five-dollar food offers include fresh prawn rolls with avocado, grilled lemongrass chicken skewers, and kabocha dumplings with caramelized shallots. Beer for $4, wine for $5, and an old fashioned or French pearl for $6. Also, HH is a good excuse to try the new bottled cocktails.

Palace Kitchen
Grab a seat at the horseshoe-shaped bar Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6 or for a late-night snack from 11 to 1am Sunday through Thursday. These aren’t your normal drumsticks. These wings are honkin’ huge, wood grilled, and served over a coriander cream for $4 at happy hour. Other menu items like roasted Brussels sprouts, blue cheese fries, and crispy pig ears come in at 4 bucks too. Drink prices range from $2-$5, and include Tecate in the can and a housemade sangria with cardamom and orange.

Chan
Try Chan’s Korean-style fried chicken wings with a chili caramel glaze, peanuts, and scallions for $5 Tuesday though Saturday from 5 to 6:30 and 9 to 10. There’s also a kimchi sampler or fried rice cake for $3 and two sliders options, spicy pork or bulgogi (bbq beef) for $6. Mellow the heat with a smooth Korean lager for $4 or a shochu flight for $6.

Matador
Ancho-chili Tex-Mex style wings are just $5 at Matador’s four Seattle-area locations seven days a week from 4 to 6 or 10 to 1pm. Actually, all happy hour food items are $5, and that means Texas-size nachos, spicy fried calamari, and your choice of meat tacos or quesadillas. No drink specials per se, but there’s no shortage of tequila. Order a round of anejo shots or class it up with a bartender’s maragarita. 

The Rabbit Hole
Hit this Second Avenue bar from 4 to 7 daily for $2 off all food options. That puts wings at just under $5 with a choice of Tabasco creme fraiche or chipotle barbecue for dipping, and a side of slaw. The menu hews mostly southern, like the hush puppies with a lavender honey drizzle or bacon-wrapped jalapenos with cream cheese. Plenty of good drink specials with draft beers for under $4, house wine and cocktails for $5. Or perhaps a shot of Jager or Fireball for $3.75—now we’re in Belltown.

WingMasters Sports Bar
I couldn’t possibly ignore a place that has “wing” in its name, could I? Happy hour here consists of half off wings from 4 to 6 on weeknights. Wednesdays are particularly special in that wings are 50 cents a piece between 6 and 11pm. The lineup of 12 sauces ranges from mild to hot. You can do teriyaki or classic buffalo. You can burn your face off with the Atomic Blazin’ recipe. There are even little gems called savory pork wings. Surrender to the moment and order Bud or Bud Light for just over $2 a pop, or grab a pint of Manny’s for $3.

 

 

Special Thanks to Seattle Met Magazine

First Look: Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails

The city’s best rooftop bar… is in a Red Lion?!

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It takes serious B-A-L-S to purposefully misspell the name of your drinking establishment, but apparently the crew behind Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails have them, considering they’ve just seemingly created the perfect (and only!) downtown rooftop bar in which to swill Summery cocktails, play ping-pong, eat bon bons made of grapes, and adopt a casual attitude towards proper spelling.

You’ll be red-faced if you miss out on this 4000sq ft, fifth-floor patio with multiple fire features just ’cause it’s in the Red Lion.

There’s also a ping-pong table the color of Gatorade, despite the fact they’re only serving less electrolyte-filled refreshments like the vodka- and Clear Creek Pear Williams Eau De Vie-based Charge It, Effie! Which is actually good advice for the ping-pong match, too.

Had enough table tennis? You can always lounge in the… um, lounge, post up at the 24ft bar, or fire up the Microsoft Kinect on one of their four flatscreens.

Straight facts time: these lamb sliders come with tomato jam & braised greens.

For dessert, they’ve got grape/goat cheese/pistachio “bon bons”, which they’ve managed to spell correctly — though it takes B-A-L-S to make ’em with fruit instead of ice cream and chocolate.

 

 

Special Thanks to Thrillist