Christmas bites in Seattle

This is an annual happening; I spend the Christmas vacation time in Seattle with my muse and we eat breakfast and dinner out. Some times we eat at restaurants that have become favorites, and at other times we are exploring and experimenting with places that are new to us.

Even though we had a couple days of slick roads due to a light snowfall Christmas eve, we only missed one of our planned restaurants- a breakfast at Serious Biscuit. We always plan to eat- in all day Christmas since it is difficult to find places that are open. For our Christmas dinner my muse made a crab mac and cheese; she made it in 6 separate ramekins, but it was still a lot. We shared one of the ramekins for our dinner.

My contribution was in three parts- a box of Morning Buns, a box of cookies of different varieties, and a dozen Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. I may have eaten more than my share of the latter of those.

The box of multi-kind was similar to the ones I gave out to some local friends just before I left for Seattle. I started baking just after Thanksgiving and made a different kind almost each day. The types of cookies and candies I made and put in the boxes are: New York Times Chocolate Chip, Chocolate filled Bon Bon, Rum Ball, Karo Lace, Rocky Road, Lemon Squares, Magic Cookies, Kookie Brittle, Black Angus, Coffee Chocolate Truffle, and Honey Rum Chocolate Truffle

The last one- Honey Rum Chocolate Truffle- is referenced in the blog article for Coffee Chocolate Truffle as Alex Guarnaschelli’s Valentine’s Day Truffles

But that is not the list of restaurants we frequented. As I said, there were a lot of old friends and some new acquaintances. Our old friends included 8 oz, our go-to place for a hamburger, The Fat Hen, our place for a Eggs Benedict fix, Bakery Nouveau where not only do we have breakfast, but we pick up Kouign Amann and savory Croissants for Christmas morning and whenever. For Breakfast my muse had the Junction Croissant (​scrambled eggs bacon cheese) and I had a brown sugar and pecan Brioche. We both washed breakfast down with mochas.

Our other breakfast places included SeaTown, Skillet and a new cafe named Wild Mountain. At Seatown, ​my muse had the Fried egg sandwich (bacon, hash browns) while I had the Seatown breakfast (2 eggs sunny side up, bacon, hash browns). The thing about the hash browns is that they are made into a nice block, and then have truffle oil sprinkled on them. We both drank coffee. They leave a small pot on the table so there is plenty.

At Skillet I had the Chilaquiles and my muse had the Pork Belly-Cornmeal Waffle- my muse said the eggs were perfectly poached and the coffee was awesome Cafe Vita. I have to say, the chilaquiles were not so memorable that I can say exactly what they were.

Finally, we had a somewhat difference of opinion about Wild Mountain. We both had Bennies which met our expectations- the eggs were well poached. I had the BAT- bacon avocado & tomato while my muse had the regular. My muse didn’t like that the cafe is in a converted home, and you could still tell the different rooms- we ate in the converted dining room. Also, the furniture didn’t try to hide the converted home feeling.

The suppers I haven’t mentioned yet include new to us places of Gracia and Bastille, and other old favorites of Dalia Lounge, and Red Cow. Gracia didn’t win any awards from us; we were seated in a draft from the front door, and evidently got there before the full wait staff had arrived. As a result, we were never certain who our wait person was. The menu is like a taco place in that they come a la carte. My muse had a couple tacos and I had a taco and a tostada.
The taco was on a soft tortilla, and when I picked it up it tore through the side and I ended up eating it with a fork.

Bastille was a much better experience, and I am certain we will return again some time. I had the Lamb Daube, which is a lamb stew. and I do not remember what my muse had. I tried their flight of wines; there were three glasses- I photographed the notes for what the different wines were but the text is too small for me to read right now. I was somewhat upset that each wine was a mix of different varieties. I am use to getting just one variety in the glass when I order, such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, etc.

At Dahlia Lounge my muse had a hibiscus 75 cocktail, followed by bread salad, crab cakes with beans and greens, and dessert of donuts with marscapone and blueberry compote.
We shared Broccoli in black vinegar as well as bread & butter.
I had a martini cocktail, followed by short ribs w/carrots and mashed potatoes, Then coffee and coconut cream pie for dessert.

At Red Cow, we both had the 8 oz Wagyu Ribeye Cap.

And that is our epicurean tour of Seattle during Christmas 2017. I hope that if you find yourself in Seattle, some of our experiences will help you chose restaurants that you will find enjoyable and meeting all of your desires and criteria.

Errol

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