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Altruism meets culinary excellence at this Belltown restaurant. The FareStart restaurant is an extension of the FareStart program, a training program aimed at giving homeless men and women the skills to obtain jobs in the restaurant and hospitality industries. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday and open Thursday nights for Guest Chef Night. All of the restaurant proceeds go back into the FareStart program, so diners can expect not only a fabulous meal but also a warm fuzzy feeling for contributing to such a worthy cause.
Tom Douglas operates three of the most popular restaurants in the city, which are Dahlia Lounge, Etta's Seafood and the Palace Kitchen. Locals swarm to this dimly-lit spot with its incredible U-shaped bar. Appetizers include hazelnut-dusted calamari, roasted Manilla clams and a good cheese selection. Delectable preparations of meat, chicken and fish grace the ever-changing entree list. Try the daily applewood grill selections and the locally famous Palace Burger Royale. Tom's desserts are renowned, especially the coconut cream pie and the chocolate torte. Happy hours are from 4:30p to 1a on most days.
A taste of New Orleans in the heart of Queen Anne, Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge is a refreshing addition to Seattle's culinary scene. The extensive menu features Louisiana Creole cuisine - an eclectic blend of European, Native American and Southern flavors. Generous portions of sumptuous seafood, charcuterie, meat preparations and interesting sides form the centerpiece of your dining experience and are best enjoyed with a drink or two from the well-stocked bar. Boasting one of the best happy hours in the country, creative cocktails like the Toulouse Hurricane or Katie-Mae deserve special mention. Ornate wrought-iron furniture and delightful ceiling-lamps against the floor-to-ceiling glass windows enhance its rustic appeal.
Dots Delicatessen is the perfect dining place for meat lovers as it offers a variety of meat options to choose from. This deli is best known for its sandwiches like the Patty Melt and the Cassoulet, though the Beef Carpaccio should not be missed too. This casual eating place is a good place to splurge due to its affordable prices. Order plenty of beer to wash down the delicious food. It is a good place to meet friends and hang out. Dine here for a wonderful experience that makes one keep coming back for more.
Uneeda Burger is a distinctive burger shack with a laid-back vibe. The cuisine includes burgers, sandwiches and shakes. The signature options from the menu featuring over a third of a pound of meat with generous toppings such as shallots, gruyere cheese, tempura lemons, charred peppers and onions. The ice-cream shakes and floats are preferred by many, though there is a decent wine list and few craft beers to complement your meal. Check website for details.
Chef Maria Hines proves that you can be a good steward of the earth and still delight your palate. Entering the old craftsman bungalow with a rocking chair porch feels like going to a friend's house for dinner. The decor is sparse, but the original leaded glass windows, a brick fireplace and painted green chairs add to its inherent charm. Using only locally sourced and organic ingredients, Tilth's menu items change seasonally. Try the mini duck burgers with homemade ketchup and mission fig at dinner or weekend brunch. A chalkboard highlights artisan cheese selections, and the extensive wine list features several eco-friendly choices.
The name pretty much sums up what this gem of a restaurant on Mercer Island is all about. Fresh ingredients and the talented kitchen staff combine to create memorable dishes with a delightful lack of anything artificial or processed. The menu's focus is on the Cascadia region that spans a number of states including Alaska, California, Oregon and Idaho. The food philosophy is deceptively simple, get the freshest natural ingredients you can, and don't mess with their basic flavors. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but the staff excel at what they do. The stellar accolades and awards Bennett's has received, is testimony to this. The restaurant's interiors have a stylish, contemporary vibe with lavish use of wood and warm hues. The restaurant is an excellent avenue for private functions as well. A star in Mercer Island's culinary landscape.
Located in the Cedarbrook Lodge on 36th Avenue, Copperleaf is a spacious restaurant overlooking the stunning landscape views. The restaurant patio has a few tables with an umbrella covering each of them, so you can choose to sit on the patio and feel close to nature while dining. Try some of their potato soup, which will be soothing on a cool evening, and more entrees and starters on offer. The ingredients used in preparing the dishes are sourced locally. Call ahead to make a reservation and check website for details.
While the inspiration behind the name is yet to be known, the bistro located close to the city center has used the number significantly on the menu offering five specialties in each section. Modern American fare with varied influences dominates the menu and the selection, though limited by an unknown logic doesn't disappoint. From seafood to chicken and an array of meats, there's something on offer for a lot of tastes. There's also a kids menu available. The wine list supports the food menu well and the bar has a great selection of specialty drinks. The interiors are a cozy affair with a warm palette and accentuated lighting. Highlight of the place however is the trellis shaded outdoor patio with natural vines used to a stunning effect. But naturally, it's a favorite among diners and sees the most number of crowds. Check website for more.
Despite the name, Sip is as much of a restaurant with high standards of food as it is, a wine bar with a spectacular selection. Modern American cooking with a focus on the Pacific Northwest is at the heart of the restaurant's food philosophy. Fresh ingredients and a creative approach to cooking make the food here, a stand-out. The globe-trotting wine list is an exceptional affair with good representation from most regions including the Pacific Northwest. Connoisseurs will surely not be disappointed with the sheer numbers on offer. Wine flights and samplings are a popular affair at the bar. The restaurant interiors are extremely elegant with excellent use of woods and wooden hues, and accentuated lighting that is pleasing to the eye. The formidable wine shelves are prominently displayed. The restaurant's beautiful outdoor patio with great use of natural elements is an excellent avenue for dining on sunny days. The restaurant can accommodate groups and is available for private dining as well. Check website for more.