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Dot’s Delicatessen – Seattle, WA

My husband has been raving about this place for a while now so I finally joined him for lunch the other afternoon.  What a great spot!  Not only can you count on getting one of the best sandwiches in town here but you can buy their homemade sausages, patés, locals meats and condiments here.  It’s a one stop shop for lunch and dinner:)

My husband’s go to is the Reuben (which is pretty fabulous I have to say) but I decided to venture out and get one of their specials that day – the Grass Fed Patty Melt with melted gruyére, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and dijon on sourdough bread.  Wow…was that good or what!  Rich, yes but definitely not something I eat on a regular basis so the splurge didn’t feel that crazy.  The poutine on the other hand…:)  The gravy was some of the best…perfectly smooth, the flavors were spot on and it coated the fries just right.  And what’s poutine without Beecher’s cheese curds?

I plan on visiting this place many more times in the future and I look forward to taking home some of their sausages for summer BBQ’s.  I’d also like to try Dot’s for dinner one of these nights.  Stay tuned!

The Grass Fed Patty Melt…it was everything you would hope it to be:)  I especially loved the dijon on it.

Poutine with Beecher’s cheese curds.  How can you go wrong with that?!

I had to get a little green in my lunch seeing that the rest of it consisted of meat, bread, cheese and potatoes:)

The Reuben!

The Coterie Room – Seattle, WA

In the former Restaurant Zoe space, The Coterie Room is a breath of fresh air.  I love everything about it.  From the white subway tiled open kitchen to the distressed wood floors and lone yet stunning chandelier, everything is perfectly balanced here including the food.  Chef Brian McCracken (a fellow Seattle Prep alum alongside my husband) has outdone himself yet again!  A nominee by Food & Wine for ‘People’s Best New Chef’ he’s proving that he’s deserving of the attention.

Our meal was outstanding from start to finish.  I would order everything I had again in a heartbeat.  My fish was a special of the night so chances are it won’t be on the menu next time but it was outstanding.  I am now a huge fan of Turbot…a fish I didn’t know much about before this dinner.  And my husband’s duck leg confit was seriously the best duck confit I’ve ever had…absolutely amazing!!!

The only thing I wish I had done differently is order the “six pack of beer for the kitchen crew” for a mere $10…totally worth it.  Having worked in a kitchen myself I can tell you the first thing you do once your shift is done and the kitchen is clean is crack open a cold one by the walk in and dish about the night’s events.  It’s the perfect cap to the evening…and then you wake up the next morning and it’s a brand new day.  Next time!

Endive Salad dressed in a tarragon mustard vinaigrette with candied walnuts and aged gouda (I held the gouda although I’m sure it’s great)

Poutine – braised pork shoulder gravy, fried Beecher’s cheese curds and tender herbs

Market Fish of the Day – Turbot over a parsnip puree and roasted brussels sprouts

Duck Leg Confit – crispy pan seared duck leg with buttered farro, arugula and a mission fig conserve

Chocolate Caramel Tort – covered in an orange ganache with candied hazelnuts

Brilliant!

Skillet Diner – Seattle, WA

Most people in Seattle know about the airstream trailer food truck – Skillet.  If you haven’t eaten their delicious burger topped with bacon jam…either track down the truck, find it in the grocery store or better yet, head to Skillet Diner for lunch or dinner and bit into a little piece of heaven!

The new diner on the corner or 14th and Union is such a great neighborhood joint where reservations aren’t taken (they say that will happen soon), people are served all beverages in mason jars and the waitstaff seems relaxed and happy to be at work.  The decor is current but still has that nostalgic 50’s diner feel.

The southern fried chicken does NOT disappoint.  Half of a perfectly golden chicken is topped with a black pepper honey drizzle and a side of potato salad.  If you’re feeling up to it, order the cornmeal waffle and go to town!

There are weekly specials as well as the daily menu.  I’m looking forward to going on a Monday to try Mama’s Meatloaf.  Wednesday’s Beer Braised Beef Stroganoff also sounds mighty delicious.  Oh and did I mention you can order breakfast ALL day?!  Genius!

My husband and I love the poutine at Zog’s in Whistler, BC but this version has a little touch of gourmet that is very good!  The serving size is absurdly large but overall it’s a winner in my book!

Friday night special: Chicken and Dumplings.  Pretty good although there was a little too much of the same texture for me.

SOOOO good!  I definitely had order envy this night:)

For dessert we indulged in the bittersweet chocolate pudding which was sprinkled with cocoa nibs and sea salt and had pieces of pie crust stuck in it…two thumbs up!

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