JuneBaby – Seattle, WA
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve most likely already heard of JuneBaby. Even if you don’t live in Seattle, news about this special spot is making its rounds around the country – most recently in The New York Times (no big deal) as well as in the May issue of Food & Wine mentioning JuneBaby as one of their 2018 Restaurants of the Year!
Let’s just get down to business here – you have to order one of the breads to start! We chose the Antebellum Wheat Buns with honey butter and I’m still thinking about them. Damn they were good! Next we went straight to main courses because…we ordered three plates for the two of us (gasp!). Thursday’s special is Mac n’ Cheese with Benton Ham. Whaaaaat?!?! I can never pass up Mac n’ Cheese…it’s a serious weakness of mine. Aside from that little number I ordered the Fried Catfish and my husband got the Chicken Fried Steak. Nom nom nom. Oh yes, and we got dessert too. The sweet potato ice cream sandwich. Delicious!
They are open Wednesday through Sunday and don’t take reservations unless you are a large party (8-12). When we went we were told the wait was going to be 45-60 mins. Conveniently their sister restaurant Salare is right down the street, so they suggested going there for a drink/cocktail while we waited and that they would text us when our table was available. I kid you not, we had JUST gotten our drinks and they texted…10 mins or so…so don’t be discouraged if they say it’s going to take a while because chances are it might be a lot sooner than you think. Something else to mention is that yes, this is Southern food at it’s best which typically is fried and on the heavy side, but I felt great after dinner and didn’t wake up tasting it.
45th Stop N Shop and Poke Bar – Seattle, WA
Poke bowls from a convenience store? Yup! And they’re incredible. I’ve been known to go multiple times a week. The menu is simple – 1, 2 or 3 fish (Izumidai, salmon, shrimp, tuna, unagi, or tofu) and from there you decide if you want regular or spicy. Next you decide if you want rice, salad or 1/2 and 1/2. Sides included are seaweed, ginger, crab meat, edamame and avocado. The ingredients are incredibly fresh and the staff couldn’t be nicer. Not to mention your bowl is made so quickly that the wait time is minimal even when they’re busy. If you don’t have time to go yourself, do yourself a favor and use Postmates.
mbar – Seattle, WA
Friends recently recommended this as a great place for dinner and an amazing view so my husband and I tried it out on one of our date nights. I think it’s safe to say this will be a new one in our rotation. And what’s even better is that once the nice weather hits the roof deck will be so on point!
First impression was “wow…we’re somewhere really hip!”. You’re greeting by a hostess at a podium on the ground floor where they check for your reservation then lead you to an elevator that takes you to the 14th floor. Once at the top you go down a long hallway and turn the corner where you finally see the space and views. Something about the whole process makes this place feel very exclusive and cool. I’ve only experienced this twice before, once at Vue du Monde and the other at our very own Nest at The Thompson.
Everything we ate was memorable and I’d order the exact same thing again. It’s the kind of place where you want to lick your plates clean. Their craft cocktails are just as notable. Perfect place to meet a friend or loved one (or perhaps a future one:)). Go!
roasted cauliflower hummus with tahini & rice beans
black spaghetti with dungeness crab, trout roe, lime leaf, meyer lemon & brioche breadcrumbs
grilled trout with avocado, sumac, labneh & fenugreek
the mbar: dark chocolate bar with sesame nougat & tamarind caramel
Sushi Kashiba – Seattle, WA
I had the pleasure of eating here on my birthday this year…what a treat! This is Chef Shiro Kashiba’s new sushi venture located next to Pike Place Market where the old Campagne used to be.
If you don’t know anything about Chef Shiro, let me give you a quick little breakdown. Before starting his own restaurants in Seattle, Shiro spent many years working alongside his sushi mentor Jiro Ono (of Jiro Dreams of Sushi), who many consider to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He eventually made his way to America, convinced that in the Pacific Northwest he could keep the integrity of the way sushi is made in Tokyo. He was right! Fast forward to today – he has opened four restaurants, Sushi Kashiba being the only one he owns today, and has been nominated for the James Beard Award twice.
My husband and I decided to go with the “omakase” menu – chef’s choice sushi dinner. Overall it was enough food, not too much, not too little. Everything was outstanding!
Saint Helens – Seattle, WA
Saint Helens is exactly what the North Seattle neighborhoods have needed for a long time. Located right off the Burke Gilman Trail on NE 45th, it’s the perfect location for all the surrounding neighborhood folk to meet. Whether by bike or car, stop on by anytime of the day. Summer days and nights will be perfectly spent on the outdoor patio area fit with a fire pit to keep you toasty at night.
Open morning to night, you can stop in for the most perfect coffee and pastry (the scones are to die for), tartine sandwiches, or linger at dinner with some wine and cocktails. The patio/deck is the perfect summer hangout!