What a fun place! First impression is that it resembles Revel decor wise, but that’s a compliment in every way. I even noticed some artwork from Electric Coffin (good work guys!). I went with four girlfriends (two of which had been before) and we ordered like crazy. It’s hard to say no when they come to your table with a tray full of delicious looking plates that all seem to be calling your name. There’s a menu with a la carte dishes in addition to the cart items if you please and boy did we! Everything was cooked to perfection, tasted so fresh, and all had a unique burst of flavor. I’m excited to go back and try different things. I’d say this is definitely one to put on your list of places to try.
Located in the old 35th Street Bistro spot in Fremont, Agrodolce has knocked it out of the park! The atmosphere is welcoming and charming and our server couldn’t have been more enjoyable which was very refreshing.
The food was to die for! I seriously would go back tonight for the exact same meal I ate last night. We started with the burrata with beets, a citrus honey gastrique and mint…as delicious as I expected! For my main course I chose the ricotta ravioli with roasted garlic, green garlic and stinging nettle. Everything about this dish was perfect! You would have thought I had licked my plate based on how clean it was at the end of the night. Do yourself a favor and go get this before they take it off the menu.We also got the seared broccoli, kale and brussels sprouts to share…all of which I would order again. For dessert we got the rice pudding fritters with a citrus honey, vanilla dipping sauce and powdered sugar. Nothing to complain about there!
Something notable about Agrodolce is how organic the menu is. It took us a bit to realize that the few things on the menu that are unlined are those ingredients that are NOT organic. Just to be clear, there are hardly any. Pretty impressive! Not to mention on the reverse side of the menu there are vegan and gluten free options. This isn’t something I’ve seen yet in Seattle but I think it will soon catch on.
Overall, Maria Hines has outdone herself and I can’t wait to go back!
You wouldn’t think Revel could get much better but if you haven’t been there on a weekend then you’re definitely missing out. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 2pm, Revel offers the most incredible and unique brunch. From your classic eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast to ramen, Kalbi burger and kaffir lime yogurt – it caters to everyone!
Your best bet is to go with a group of 4 so you can sample something from every category on the menu without getting overly full. All of the dishes are appropriate to share so don’t be afraid to order more than you normally would…take a little and pass it down:) I promise there won’t be food leftover.
Must haves include the bacon gruyere biscuit, the Revel ramen, the Kalbi burger (you won’t want to share this once you take your first bite), kaffir lime yogurt with mango and black rice puffs, and the short rib rice bowl. The Abura noodle bowl is also very scrumptious. More on the savory side for breakfast/brunch – I would love it anytime of the day. It might sound like most of these things are filling but again…go with friends and share!
On a nice sunny weekend day there’s nothing better than visiting the farmers market. We are lucky to have so many close to our house. Both the Fremont and Ballard farmers markets are on Sunday and are fairly close to each other so it’s actually easy to hit both. Ballard caterers more to the produce and food items whereas Fremont has more vintage home wares, food trucks and prepackaged foods such as jams, cookies, etc.
Be sure to check out Hot Cakes – Molten Chocolate Cakery. Need I say more? These take and bake molten cakes come in personal sized mason jars that couldn’t be cuter! Talk about a great hostess gift, birthday treat, and/or dessert for a dinner party!
You can’t go wrong with any and all of the produce. There’s nothing better than local organic fruits and veggies. And the eggs! They just make me want my own chickens even more. Someday:)
Deluxe Foods makes awesome apple butter which is great on hot biscuits or even in your oatmeal in the morning. They also make the most interesting syrups. The one we bought is Earl Grey which you can add to soda to make your own flavored soda. Sounds amazing to me…can’t wait to try it!
I highly recommend going on an empty stomach which might be hard at the same time because there are temptations every turn you make but the food stalls pump out the most amazing food which should be taken advantage of for lunch. There’s everything from gourmet quesadillas to homemade sausages to crepes.
Go to your local farmers market and support your local farms!
For those of you who don’t know the background behind Revel…here it is in a nutshell…
Iron Chef America husband and wife team, Seif Chirhi and Rachel Yang, are the chefs behind this 7 month old restaurant in Fremont which has gotten an unprecedented amount of press since opening in mid-December 2010. First it was the New York Times mention, then the taping of The Best Thing I Ever Ate for the Food Network due to Frank Bruni’s visit and now love for the asparagus rice bowl, next it was the Wall Street Journal and most recently Revel was named the Best New Restaurant in Seattle for 2011 by Seattle Weekly.
The concept is Korean street food. Salads, dumplings, pancakes, rice bowls and noodles. The menu changes appropriately according to the season so don’t get too attached to one thing. It’s refreshing to know that even if you go often you’ll always find something new. During the summer you’ll find the BBQ smoking on the deck and a whole animal being served up a number of different ways. One week it might be a goat, next a whole pig!
Next door (attached to the restaurant) is Quoin (the architectural term for cornerstone), Yang and Chirchi’s bar. There’s a spacious deck off the back with a great fire pit and plenty of seating around. For those that can’t get in or don’t have the patience to wait for a seat at Revel, the full menu is served inside and out at Quoin.
If you haven’t been, what are you waiting for? The wait can be long but I promise the food is worth it!