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Goldfinch Tavern – Seattle, WA

Ethan Stowell has added yet another restaurant to his already long list.  What used to be Art Restaurant & Lounge is now Goldfinch Tavern in the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel downtown.  The views are priceless and an added bonus to the great food.  The menu is very Pacific Northwest heavy with oysters, geoduck, and King salmon which I’ll never get enough of even though I live here.  I saw a number of burgers go by the table which looked mouth watering.  Next time:)  Whether you’re downtown after work, meeting an out of town guest, or simply on a local night out, this spot should be on your list of places to try.  I should mention that the portion sizes are very generous.  I ordered the Beet & Dungeness Crab Salad to start and was too full for my entree by the time it came.  At least it’s nice knowing you get your money’s worth.

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Fried Olives – castelvetranos

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King Salmon Tartare – fennel salad, lemon sauce, smoked trout caviar

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Beet & Dungeness Crab Salad – watercress, gribiche sauce, tarragon

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Wild King Salmon – bacon hash, green garlic, mushrooms

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Rocky S’More Sundae – hot fudge, graham crunch, house-made marshmallows

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Ballard Pizza Company – Seattle, WA

Ethan Stowell just doesn’t stop…and I couldn’t be happier about that!  So far each restaurant he’s opened has had it’s own personality.  His latest – Ballard Pizza Company – serves up huge slices of pizza for lunch and dinner everyday and is even open until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays…that could be trouble:)  Along with pizza there are fresh pastas each day and a selection of salads.

I ordered a slice of the mushroom pizza as well as a mixed green salad.  The pizza was very good and I was pleased to see that the bottom of the slice was nice and crispy, not soggy.  Perfect!  The salad was good however my only complaint is that it was over dressed…so much so that I couldn’t eat half of it and normally the salad is my favorite part.  Next time I’ll just have to order the dressing on the side.

I look forward to going back – maybe for dinner next time – and trying a new slice!

Anchovies & Olives – Seattle

This has got to be one of my favorite seafood restaurants in Seattle.  I used to frequent Oceanaire when it was downtown but now that it’s gone I’ve had to find my seafood fix and Anchovies & Olives definitely does that and more.  It’s one of Ethan Stowell’s amazing restaurants.  Each is pretty different in flavor and style but this one stands out the most being that it’s only seafood on the menu.

The menu has just been expanded to offer more of each course – Chicceti, Crudo, Primi and Secondi.  It’s not uncommon for my husband and me to order some of our favorites off the menu every time (the Bigoli is always amazing!) but on our last visit we tried a few new dishes.   Some were hits, a couple were misses…below are the highlights…

*Ethan (the server not Stowell) is great…if you can sit in his section do!

Ahi tuna, avocado, hot coppa, pickled radish – this dish is normally served with Escolar but the Ahi was great!

Grilled octopus, potato, orange, Fresno chili

Sea scallop, red pepper, tomato, mint, lime

Potato gnocchi, octopus & prosciutto bolognese, mint, oregano

Staple & Fancy – Seattle, WA

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!

Hamachi on avocado puree with cucumber and chilies

Spaghetti with garlic, chilies, anchovies and cuttlefish

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