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Quinn’s Pub – Capitol Hill

Posted in Gastropub with tags , , , , , , on March 29, 2010 by belltowngirl

I have been meaning to try a couple gastropubs here in Seattle that I heard about from friends and finally had the chance to check out Quinn’s Pub in Capitol Hill.  I haven’t really heard of the term “gastropub” until recently. It’s essentially a bar that serves high end food.  Quinn’s pub is definitely not your typical bar….it looks pretty upscale yet comfortable with dim amber lighting and candlelit decor.  They also have an upstairs loft dining area overlooking the bar.  Quinn’s Pub has great bar menu and the list is definitely on the exotic side lets just say.  My kind of taste and which makes sense as the owners of Quinn’s Pub also own Zoe’s in Belltown which happens to be one of my favorite restos.  Vegetarians, don’t be afraid as there are some dishes there that you’ll definitely like as well.  All were very tempting to try, but decided to get couple small dishes.  First, I had the Oxtail with blood orange, chickpeas, and greens.  It was very tender, juicy, and flavorful….

Oxtail dish - Quinn's Pub

Oxtail dish - Quinn's Pub

Next, I decided to try a couple small plates.  Haven’t tried this exotic meat before, but went ahead and had the Wild Boar sloppy joe, crispy sage leaves, with green peppers($10).  The pepper was served whole and I cut it up to spread it out evenly on the burger….Very tasty and and lighter meat with a little kick of the peppers! 

Wild Boar Sloppy Joe - Quinn's Pub

Wild Boar Sloppy Joe - Quinn's Pub

Lastly, I wanted something light and crispy.  The Painted Hills beef tartare, pumpernickel crisps with sides of greens and beets($10).  Very tasty and creamy and the beets added a nice tart taste to it.   Another plus is that Painted Hills beef is all natural meaning the cattle are fed 100% vegetarian diet. 

Painted Hills beef tartare - Quinn's Pub

Painted Hills beef tartare - Quinn's Pub

Quinn’s Pub has a full bar with a dozen beers on tap ranging from your typical PBR to Manny’s Pale Ale (one of my favs).  Also, they carry interesting beers from Europe that I never even heard of.  I read rave reviews on Koningshoeven Quadrupel($11), a trappist Ale from the Netherlands. I will most definitely try this on my next trip to Quinn’s Pub.  If you are familiar with Capitol Hill, the pub is basically across from Neumo’s.  Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations so just a heads up.  Overall, I really enjoyed the unique tasting gastropub food and with great ambience to boot!

Quinn’s Pub website:  http://www.quinnspubseattle.com/

Address:  1001 East Pike Street Seattle, WA  98122 (Cross st. is 10th Ave)

Hours:  Mon-Thurs 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 1am, Sunday 5pm-10pm

Contact:  206 325-7711

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Coastal Kitchen – Capitol Hill

Posted in breakfast with tags , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by belltowngirl

Coastal Kitchen happens to be a great place to have breakfast on the weekends.  Located on the end of Capitol Hill near Madison area, it happens to be a favorite among locals.  Coastal Kitchen has an ever changing menu with emphasis on seafood from different coastal regions that features Tunisia, Jamaica, Cuba and so on.  I brought my best friend from Virginia once and he loved the breakfast especially the gigantic and tasty coffee cake.  I always try to take advantage of their quarterly themed region menu and currently it is the country Cuba.  I decided to order the Boliche Hash which is a traditional Cuban pot roast.  The pot roast has ground chuck, potatoes, poached eggs, pablano peppers, chorizo sausage, roma tomatoes, lemon zest and simmered in a lemon-lime juice sauce.  The meat was very tender and juicy and blended well with the potatoes and peppers.

Boliche Hash - Coastal Kitchen

Boliche Hash - Coastal Kitchen

Other favorites I  had in the past are the Smoked Pacific Cod Hash which is Mesquite smoked in Cod in Yuka Hash with Aji pepper, garlic, and red onion.  Also, the Gingerbread Waffle breakfast is tasty….Coastal Kitchen tends to be very busy on weekends so I would definitely recommend going before 10am.  Overall, a great breakfast eatery in Capitol Hill.

Coastal Kitchen website: 

http://www.seattle-eats.com/index.php?page=menuck&sbm=Breakfast

Address:  429 15th Avenue E  Seattle, WA 98112 (Cross street is E. Harrison)

Hours:  Breakfast 8am-3pm daily

Contact:  206 322-1145

Tango Restaurant

Posted in Fine Dining, Wine with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2009 by belltowngirl

One of my favorite restaurants in Seattle for great food and wine.  Located on the bottom of Capitol Hill, Tango Restaurant serves Latin food ranging from paella to ceviche.  A good selection of Tempranillo’s from Spain and Malbec’s from Argentina.  A couple years ago I had the Finca Valpiedra Reserva and was hooked ever since.  The Finca Valpiedra is located in the Rioja Alta of Spain and is a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Cab.  Unfortunately, they don’t carry it anymore….but nevertheless found another great wine…I ordered the Finca Allende Rioja 2004($46).  A Tempranillo from Rioja, a great nose of berries, and tasted fruity with ripe tannins – One of my favs!  The tapas here are amazing….One of my FAVorite tapa dishes that I always order is the Croquetas de Papas($9).  No words can really describe this….beyond amazing.  Croquetas is Spanish for croquette, the outer coating ball is fried golden brown from the bread crumbs and filled with mashed potato.  Their Croquetas de Papas are always perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy potato infused with horseradish inside, then topped with Cotija cheese.  Be sure to scoop the sauce and layer it on top!  The red sauce is the smoked tomato jam and compliments the croquette quite well. 

Finca Allende Rioja 2004 - Tango Restaurant

Finca Allende Rioja 2004 - Tango Restaurant

 

Croquetas de Papas - Tango restaurant

Croquetas de Papas - Tango restaurant

My other favorite tapas are the Carnitas del Puerco($10.50) which is cinammon and chili pork, salsa verde, and tortillas.  I love the carnes and seafood entrees..oh and definitely the salad..love all kinds of salad, but I decided to focus on my all time FAVorite dish for that night…the Paella($48).  I ordered the Con Carnes Paella and it is an immensely big tasty dish….beef tenderloin, shredded pork, veal shank, linquica (Portugese pork sausage), red peppers, and onion.  The beef tenderloin was medium cut, very tender and juicy…shredded pork….very tender and juicy…and lastly the veal shank…seared brown on the outside, juicy and tender inside.  Dont worry if you see just meat on top….hidden under is the Arborio rice that was slow cooked and seasoned from the juices of the meat and Rioja reduction sauce.  Be sure to order the Con Carnes Paella when you first order your appetizer because prep is about 40 minutes.  I tend to make reservations at www.opentable.com – Tango Restaurant is listed in Seattle and you get free points.  Overall, I highly recommend Tango Restaurant for their diverse latin food, great wine, and THE best paella and Spanish croquettes in Seattle.

Con Carnes Paella - Tango Restaurant

Con Carnes Paella - Tango Restaurant

Tango Restaurant website:  http://www.tangorestaurant.com/index.php

Address:  1100 Pike Street, Seattle, WA  98101 ( Cross st. is Boren)

Hours:  Sun-Thurs 5pm – 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm – midnight

Contact:  206 583-0382

Baguette Box

Posted in Sandwiches with tags , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by belltowngirl

I’ve been meaning to write about this place ever since I stopped by two years ago.  One of my favorite places for unique and tasty sandwiches is Baguette Box in Capital Hill.  I first heard about this place thru a review on a newspaper years ago and ever since  then I have been hooked.  I am a major sandwich fan and their menu is quite different.  One of my favorites is the crispy organic tofu with avocado baguette($5.90).  Don’t shy away if you hate tofu…I like it plain and flavored….Well, this tofu is fried in braised coconut juice and tastes great from it being seared..really holds the flavor in…in addition, shaved pickled daikon carrots, red onions and last but not least…the sauce added to the bread is aioli which is a mix of garlic and mayo.  The aioli goes perfectly well with the the fried tofu and avocado.  The avocado is optional with the sandwich…I like avocado so go figure.  

Crispy organic tofu with avocado baguette - Baguette Box

Crispy organic tofu with avocado baguette - Baguette Box

My other favs are the crispy drunken chicken baguette($6.50)  that is flavored with a tangy sauce and carmelized onions.  There is some other sandwiches I would like to try soon…the wild salmon gravlax($7.50)cause I love salmon and the grilled chorizo baguette($6.25).  That reminds me..can’t wait for Copper River salmon to arrive mid May. Ooh yes.. I do keep tabs with Whole Food and Met Market of when they first arrive…

Onwards, typically when I have a sandwich here I like to order either truffle fries($4.80) or the hot and sour soup($3.00)…Both are really tasty sides.  Well, I decided to get the soup that day.  This hot and sour soup is extremely tasty…more on the spicy side..but not as good as my all time favorite one at Uptown China(THE best hot and sour soup..imo)

hot and sour soup - Baguette Box

hot and sour soup - Baguette Box

I am not very fond of parking in Capital Hill…I think I have stated this in my previous posts..but you know me…I go anywhere far and complicated to eat great food!  If you have been in Seattle long enough you probably know where the Baltic Room is…the Baguette Box is right next door.  If not, I suggest parking on Pine St(right out front) or the cross street at Melrose Avenue.  The Baguette Box has ample seats, clean enough, and most of all it has a unique menu of baguette sandwiches.  I can’t wait to post more of my FAVorite sandwich places…till then..Enjoy!

Baguette Box

Baguette Box

 

Baguette Box

Baguette Box

Baguette Box website:  http://baguettebox.com/

Address:  1203 Pine Street Seattle, WA 98101  Cross st is Melrose Ave

Hours:   Daily 11am-8pm

Contact:  206 332-0220