If you haven’t yet been to Ethan Stowell’s newest restaurant Staple & Fancy, you’re missing out. Located in the newly renovated (1 year old to be exact) Kolstrand building in Ballard, this urban yet inviting restaurant showcases exactly what Stowell is great at…refined Italian comfort food. His use of not so common ingredients is what sets him apart from the rest. That and his winning execution of simple, unfussy food.
My fiancé and I rode our bikes to the Kolstrand building on this fine Seattle summer night to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the building. Because we were on the earlier side we were able to snag two outside counter seats and indulged in a delicious dinner with a bottle of tasty Washington wine.
*If you go with a group I highly suggest doing the Chef’s menu. It’s an incredible deal considering how much food you get and you’re served dishes that aren’t on the regular menu. Be adventuresome and go hungry!